Black Deaf Community

1051 WordsAug 29, 20135 Pages
Abstract The Black Deaf Community seems silly to believe the existence of itself, but in reality based on surveys and observations, it seems rather smart. Going through the supplemental reading, I have noticed the Black Deaf community consists of strong and proud members of both, overcoming many issues thrown at them. This paper will discuss the issues and show how amazing the community really is. To be a part of two different cultures at the same time seems almost impossible. A wise man once said, “you cannot serve two masters, you either hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other”. Now those wise words weren’t talking about cultures and communities, but rather…show more content…
A survey was conducted with sixty black deaf individuals from Washington DC asking a series of questions trying to understand their desire of the best of both worlds. The overall results were interesting enough to me as an outsider for various reasons. Eighty seven percent of the individuals questions identified with the Black culture first for a few reasons. The main reason is the visibility of the community. The skin color of someone is obvious the moment you see them. The individuals who identified with the Black first thought they needed to deal with discrimination and hate with the visible setback first, then move to the “invisible handicap” that they carry around. Likewise, those who identified with the Deaf first, then the black would be those who are fully immersed in the Deaf community over the black community. This reason surprised me because these individuals are from Washington DC, where the Black community is very evident. Then again, I am not black nor deaf. Communication is a big issue in the deaf community alone, but surprisingly in the black deaf community as well. An experiment was done to conduct an analysis on communication patterns within the community and outside of it. The results are as follows: “Communication with any hearing person, the Deaf person would begin to Code-switch (switching from ASL to ASL like signing). If both Deaf, the 2 individuals use ASL. The book explains that when black deaf 1 and 2 together, there were different
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