I had boycotted Deaf Read as a b/vlogger for the past year because it published atack vlogs that targeted individuals who supported ASL and Deaf culture. It also carried many v/blogs that engaged in falsehoods and deceptions. I resumed blogging in People of the Eye 2 weeks ago on good faith that Deaf Read would honor its word to add audism (or equivalent) into its guidelines as promised.
Deaf Read has not honored its word that it would be adding audism (or an alternative term) to guideline #8. Email commitments were sent to People of the Eye re: adding audism up until July 1st and on October 3rd an email commitment said that disability and cultural group would be added to the listing below which would cover ableism and audism/linguicism.
From DeafRead Guideline # 8 http://www.deafread.com/guidelines/
(We will not post anything that is an attack on a specific race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orienation, age or religion. This offense is serious and the offending blog will be promptly considered for removal from DeafRead’s subscription.)
These commitments of adding disability, or cultural and linguistic groups have NOT been honored so People of the Eye will be closing down and resume blogging at https://handeyes.wordpress.com/ (pls subscribe / RSS feed etc) with the request that any future entries not be automatically lifted by Deaf Read or Deaf Video.TV due to those venues sanctioning bigotry and aiding persecution by posting entries that attack specific groups.
Again as i have b/vlogged in the past, I truly regret the necessity to boycott DR and DVTV. It breaks my heart. It is a shame. I can not understand why DR and DVTV are comfortable specifying specific groups (see above) and have made promises to add terms that will include Deaf folks as a linguistic and cultural minority (as well as disability for those who do not identify with Deaf ASL culture); yet, continually falls short on implementing this promise. It is a simple 5 minute word processing job. No codes involved. I do continue to wish DR and DVTV all the best and hope for the best that it will do the right thing – adding a specific statement opposing audism in both DR and DVTV.
NOTE: if i can not find a way to transfer all the past entries and comments from this People of the Eye b/vlog site into the new one at Handeyes – i may consider closing down the site completely as I am uncomfortable with it remaining in the Deafread listing.
To all who have visited People of the Eye and left comments or just viewed the entries and discussions – I thank you and see you at Handeyes’ People of the Eye or at the youtube account
“The Intellect of Women” by Agatha Tiegel (first Deaf woman to graduate from Gallaudet 1893) reminded me a bit of our duty on this planet…and made me think of the dangers that DR / DVTV falls into (and any of us for that matter) when we feel we must limit ourselves to already establish limits (i.e. guidelines from other blogsite and aggregators that are unaware of Deaf culture and ASL)
“her real self lies dormant. She is content with superficiality in thought, attainments, and conduct, and forgets that she is in the world to help it by action.”
She closed her speech with: “She herself is too strongly impelled by a noble hunger for something better than she has known, too highly inspired by the vista of the glorious future, not to rise with determination and might and move on till all barriers crumble and fall.”
May Deaf Read and DVTV and each of us have a noble hunger to rise up and move onward till barriers fall away – whether they be racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexualism, audism, linguicism, ableism, etc