Redacting ‘Stock Stories’ of Education Inequities: Toward Legitimate Digital Participation


  • Ethan Chang University of Hawai'i at M?noa


practitioner, deficit, privilege, digital, participation


This practitioner research study examines one critical race media literacy (CRML) activity that invited students to digitally redact deficit framings of youth from minoritized and historically marginalized backgrounds. I illustrate how Latinx and Asian students used the project to re-articulate deficit narratives of themselves, their friends, and family members. I also convey how white students used the assignment to author incipient identities as racial allies. Based on these findings, I develop the notion of legitimate digital participation to distill how young people used CRML to craft more humanizing cultural narratives and self-determined political identities.


Author Biography

Ethan Chang, University of Hawai'i at M?noa

Ethan Chang, Ph.D., is a sociologist of education and assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa, 1776 University Avenue, Wist Hall, Honolulu, HI 96822. He is a former middle and high school public teacher with teaching and research experience in Hawaii, South Africa, and Palestine. His research broadly explores the intersections of policy, place, and race in struggles to redress inequities of educational opportunity. 




How to Cite

Chang, E. (2020). Redacting ‘Stock Stories’ of Education Inequities: Toward Legitimate Digital Participation. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 22(2), 163–181.



2020 Special Issue (Peer-Reviewed)