Deaf Minority Blogs: Where Are They?
A few hours ago, I announced a new blog site created by a deaf-blind writer, Christine (aka “Coco” or “TactileJunkie”) (http://reunifygally.wordpress.com/2007/01/11/deaf-blind-blog-christines-tactile-the-world/). And a month ago, I made a point of linking to Jamie Berke’s page listing Deaf Latino web sites.
But: where are the other deaf-blind bloggers besides Christine? Where are the deaf Latino/Hispanic/Chicano bloggers? Where are the deaf Black bloggers? Where are the deaf women bloggers? Where are the deaf transgender bloggers? Where are the deaf Asian bloggers? Where are bloggers who consider themselves to be part of the deaf community but who may sometimes be rejected by narrow definitions of what it means to be “Deaf” — such as, people with cochlear implants, or who grew up oral or with signed English or at mainstreamed school, or “codas”? Where are all the minority voices and signing and typing hands of our community?
I know they’re out there. But I’m still pretty new to the deaf blogging community (this blog site began in November 2006, and I read my first deaf blog the month before) so I’m still learning who everyone is.
So called “minorities” tend to be excluded, ignored, and invisble in mainstream society. Of course, most of us don’t mean to exclude, ignore, or make others invisible. But when we blithely assume that everyone is necessarily White/Caucasin … or necessarily straight … or necessarily a certain gender … or necessarily from a certain communication background … then we render everyone who “doesn’t fit” invisible. When we fail to open our eyes and see the people around us, when we fail to educate ourselves about the lives of people who happen to come from backgrounds different from ours, we contribute, however unintentially, to the exclusion and invisibility of others.
I’d like to help bring a little extra attention to “minority voices” in “deafblogland.” But to do that, I need YOUR help. Please give me names and links, in the comment area below! I’ll start a list, and post it later.
If YOU are a deaf or hard of hearing or deaf-blind person of color, or otherwise have a unique perspective to share, please consider starting a blog of your own — I’d be happy to help announce it here! Thanks!
[Want to submit your own essay for publication at Reunify Gally? It should be related in some way to reunifying or healing the Gallaudet community in the aftermath of the protests. Or it can be related to diversity within the Gallaudet or deaf community. If interested, review my Guidelines for Guest Bloggers and submit your essay to ashettle (at) patriot.net ]