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“Colorless in a Rainbow:” An African American Female with Albinism in the Hawaii Public School System
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|Title:||“Colorless in a Rainbow:” An African American Female with Albinism in the Hawaii Public School System|
|Authors:||Hairston, Kimetta R.|
|Keywords:||Critical Race Theory|
|Publisher:||University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies|
|Citation:||Hairston, K. R. (2005). “Colorless in a Rainbow:” An African American Female with Albinism in the Hawaii Public School System. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 1(3).|
|Series:||vol. 1, no. 3|
|Abstract:||Culture, ethnicity and ability: these are just three attributes that encompass the life of a female African-American student living with albinism and attending a local Hawaii public school. From February 2003 – April 2004, through personal and family interviews, a personal journal and autobiography, field notes, observations at home, school and in extracurricular activities, the personal perceptions and experiences of what it is like living with albinism and being African-American surfaced for this student. This article addresses identity issues regarding race, gender and ability, and discusses two theories: Critical race theory (CRT) and disability theory to answer the questions, who and what defines this female’s identity?|
Utilizing the lens of critical race theory and disability theorists, the following case study will examine issues related to being an African-American female student with albinism in Hawaii. The complexities of issues that make up Taylour’s life include: 1. The societal definition of her race andthe implications of stereotypes and name-calling that reflect these views; 2. The issue of how society defines her disability, which often excludes blindness, but focuses on albinism and finally; 3. Self-identity and personal reflection and how Taylour relates to being African-American and having albinism.
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RDS Volume 1, No. 3|
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