Case Study: A Multiracial Man Seeks Care in the Emergency Department

  • Marianne R. Jeffreys


Franklin is a 58-year-old multiethnic, multiracial man of African-American, Cherokee, and Scottish background who views all aspects of his heritage as important. He also considers being multiracial as a unique cultural experience. He grew up in a multi-generation household consisting of his paternal grandmother (Cherokee), mother (third-generation Scottish-American), father (African-American and Cherokee), and his three brothers and two sisters. Unable to marry in their home state due to miscegenation laws, Franklin’s parents married in a US state that permitted interracial marriages where they then settled to start a new life and family together. The opening of a factory with employee housing provided steady employment that led to a factory-sponsored mortgage to purchase a family home in a new housing development bordering the factory. Although federal laws purported “equal opportunities” in employment, education, and housing, the reality was that overt and covert discrimination existed, so factory work and company housing were greatly welcomed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianne R. Jeffreys
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  1. 1.Graduate College and College of Staten IslandThe City University of New York (CUNY)New YorkUSA

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