Un/masking identity: Healing our wounded souls

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Using personal narrative, this article examines how masks function to subordinate African American and Latina women in the academy. The article uses Critical Race Theory and more specifically critical race gendered epistemologies, including Black feminist thought and Chicana feminist epistemology, to understand how females of color resist in the academy. Interweaving two narratives, the narrative of an African American woman and her experiences in the White academy with the author's personal narrative about resisting cultural and linguistic domination, this article seeks to understand the process of redefinition leading toward self empowerment. Critical in exposing hidden truths, the article unmasks racism in the White academy, challenging the dominant discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1067-1090
Number of pages24
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Autoethnography
  • Black feminist thought
  • Chicana feminist epistemology
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Empowerment
  • Racism
  • Resistance
  • Storytelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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