I decided to post this essay online, but at the same time, I hesitated to post it, mainly because I instinctively dislike writing about anything related to Racism. I decided to bring this up. However, after thinking about it for some time, I am tired of ideological censorship. We can never mount a defense against Racism if this is always dismissed in Deaf community. But above all, if you believe that Racism exists, it is actually immoral not to deal with the problem and its survivors.
I am convinced that not just non-white, but also Racism, are real and underestimated phenomena. I admit that I am right now learning more about Racism every day. Few years ago when I had a conversation with my grandmother (my father’s mother), she said that I have Cherokee in my blood; I was surprised to know about this about 30+ years later.
From Thomas K. Holcomb’s Introduction to American Deaf Culture published by Oxford University Press, in page 276, he wrote, “It represents a lost opportunity to plant in the public’s mind the image of a successful Deaf person.”
The parts of Racism being examined must be learned at as early a stage as possible. Does Deaf community recognize Racism every day? When I attended a conference called Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports back in Feb 2013. (If you want to see the proof, please click the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7J8reeP9L0 and check at 3:48:00-3:49:10)
In that beautiful building where it was taken at National Museum of the American Indian, the room was filled with scholars, authors, representatives from sports organization discussing racist stereotype and cultural appropriation in American sports. For example, examining the hostile and abusive logo of National Football Association’s Washington Redskins.
Along with series of discourses concerning power-playing, self-making, poor to riches, the value of what one has to say who is not an owner or the like. As literature the text examples of Native American, conversion narrative, adventure tales, and the captivity narrative-to name a few. When I took a course called American Indian Literature years ago, the professor calls to abolish the laws surrounding or enabling slavery about Redskins.
There are several Deaf v-loggers who had been wearing Redskins jersey—is that considered to be supportive within the system of racism to put a price on a Native American human being? If they are wearing the jersey, Native Americans are more likely to be profiled and harassed.