This thesis explores specifically how blackness, gender, poverty, and location have had fundamental and rudimentary effects on the prospect and direction of my brother’s and my educational experiences. I argue that the American Educational system methodically privileges some people while hindering others; I examine privilege comparatively within my brother’s and my educational experiences. I conducted oral histories with my brother, my parents, and an older sibling to triangulate our educational experiences. I analyze our experiences and find that my brother’s and my experiences regardless of access to similar resources our experience varied greatly due to circumstantial social perceptions. This thesis examines educational experiences from individualized standpoints within Jefferson County Public Schools, this perspective allows for both a thorough and tangible analysis of how the construction of the education system guides students toward and away from educational success.


Gunn, Raymond


Sociology and Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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