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Belinda Kyle

East Cleveland, in some people's experiences, acted as a buffer against racism. As a child, Belinda Kyle personally benefited from the encouragement of a particular White educator who pushed her to succeed. So, when she was confronted by the racism of White people outside of East Cleveland, she was shocked. She also discusses how inequality affected her as an African American AND as a woman. This intersection has recently been labeled "misogynoir," meaning the specific realities faced by African American women are not faced by African American men nor by White women. Finally, Belinda Kyle speaks about educational inequality, which is fundamentally about place. Where children live shapes what schools they attend, as well as the resources those schools receive. In other words, children's home-places - their residential geography - often significantly shape their educational opportunities.