Complex Identities: Hoosiers with Disabilities from Minoritized Communities
"We have been omitted for such a long time. It's as if we don't matter," observes Gary resident Tony Blair. Like other people of color with disabilities, he is a member of multiple minoritized communities. The concept of intersectionality was theorized by civil rights advocate and legal scholar…
Interviewees talk about the experience of being doubly minoritized. Ronelle Johnson shares, "Honestly my sign language is white. I don't have an identity as a Black person because I grew up at the Deaf School." As a child paralyzed by polio, Ecuadorian immigrant Zully Alvarado says she was "uprooted from my culture," and "placed with a family, total strangers, a white family. They did not speak my language."
Eight individuals describe lives complicated by their multiple, marginalized identities and the overlapping systems of oppression they must navigate. They describe first-hand encounters with injustice and how they have worked to end those injustices.
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