Say It Loud!: An identity intersection autoethnography as told by a Black female early childhood educator to affluent white students and their parents
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A person is not just one identity, they are many. All of their identities intersect to make the person who they are. In this autoethnograpic narrative, I describe how my upbringing and racialized experiences shaped my identity. I discuss the marginalization I had to overcome from a young age to adulthood. Walls have been built and barriers are broken throughout this autoethnography, and you will see the obstacles I overcame as a middle-class, Black, female educator of wealthy, early childhood White students. This autoethnography is introduced and presented through a series of personal reflective vignettes supported by the literature on anti-Black and intersectionality to explore and synthesize for the purpose of understanding who is it that the early childhood students and their parents want me to be, and what kind of early childhood educator I want to be. There was a lot of struggle with my identity throughout the years, and there were a lot of internal changes I had to make before those transformations could be seen externally.