¡Mira Look!: Marcelo in the Real World

There are multiple ways that we, as complex and intricate humans, experience feelings of prejudice, discrimination and the lonely sphere of being “the other”. On this blog, we mostly focus on the ways in which students may feel excluded based on their ethnicity, history or language skills. But we cannot forget that the layers of exclusion come together to reinforce each other (a term academics identify as “intersectionality,” as coined by Kim Crenshaw). For example, your gender identity, ethnicity, socio-economic status, language ability, etc. all interact and can define the framework of exclusion in which you operate. As teachers, librarians, parents and socially conscious citizens, we need to be aware of these frameworks, how to identify them and how we can help out a student that may be subjected to taunts, teases and exclusions on more than one ground. What better way to do that than literature!? On today’s ¡Mira Look! post, I want to highlight one of these intersectionalities: special needs and ethnicity.

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