NOTE the old People of the eye at dr will be wiped out next week – everything is now over here
patience is not my strong point but i did check back to see when i had first started advocating for audism in the guidelines of DR and i have stuff going back to June 2008 (via my blog entries) and July 2008 (via emails to the owner and operator of DR)- one year and 3 mo ago. i had advocated over the past year that disability, culture, and language be added to the DR Guideline #8, which presently identifies 6 groups but not disabled or Deaf ASL folks.
The current guidelines state:
“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.”
Thus racism, sexism, heterosexualism, ageism, and religious persecution are not tolerated in DR – free speech is RIGHTFULLY restricted by DR if a b/vlog carries any of the above – they wont run the post.
its not always easy to gauge if a person is being attacked based on race, gender, ethnicity…. but blog and vlog aggregators make a commitment to say “hey that ain’t cool here”
from time to time over the year i resumed more discussions on this topic of adding audism to the guidelines with the owner and operator of DR / DVTV- in person, via email etc
this past summer after some very positive emailing re: getting audism into the guidelines of DR and DVTV – on July 1 i got an email from the owner and operator of DR / DVTV which stated:
“i have a lot of things going on and am juggling them all! i’ll add audism in the guidelines — try to do this today!!! yay!!!”
Weeks went by and weeks went by and still no audism or the other terms added to the guideline – sent a few emails asking when it would be added
Months go by – So i email – have you changed your mind? If you have pls let me know so I can remove my blog from DR and start blogging and remain in boycott
DVTV walk out happens in Sept – the owner and operator of DR and DVTV vlogs that NO ONE had ever emailed him about “audism” being an issue re: DR and DVTV and guidelines
FACT: I had been in communication with the owner and operator of DR and DVTV for over 1 year about getting audism into the guidelines and i was even told it would be added.
I follow up with the owner and operator of DR / DVTV to say – im really confused about why you said in your vlog no one had communicated with you an concerns about audism – we email a bit and Videophone on Oct 2 where i confirm my understanding “so you will be adding culture and disability to DR guideline 8 and the owner says YES. On Oct 3 i send an email saying Thank you for adding culture and disability to DR guidelines – look forward to blogging again in DR to which the owner and operator of DVTV/DR replies “need to sit down and revise both guidelines this week. thanks patti”
I wait and i wait and i wait again. i had good faith it would be added as promised.
i have made it clear that I love and support DR/DVTV
All of the comments from the owner and operator of DR/DVTV and an editor on this subject yesterday and today appear to indicate DR / DVTV will not be adding audism or equivalent to the guidelines and i have been misinformed by the past correspondence that said it was going to be added.
I respectfully request that the people of the eye entries no longer be drawn down into the Deafread aggregator
Folks who are interested in this site – feel free to RSS feed / subscribe. https://handeyes.wordpress.com/ – ill make it prettier soon. I think i found the import buttons in word press so everything should migrate over just fine
Biggest thanks to all the folks who emailed me with tips and offers of help and words of support and wisdom. Ya da best! mwah!
a few more facts:
– there is no protest being planned by a group of extremists in the bay area – its a HOAX – like some others that have been spread by the “reliable source”
– its a shame that folks in DR promote falsehoods and put a pall over the celebration of the selection of the 10th president of Gallaudet
– crediting the AG Bell dorm name coming down to two people is an insult to all the faculty, staff, students and community members who invested their time and good courage in sharing their thoughts and concerns via campus dialogue via open emails and open forums, diminishes the importance of the 1,000+ signatures on the petition, overlooks the folks who labored long and hard over this one with much at risk.
– i am not an extremist – I am committed to social justice via peaceful direct confrontation – ya know like those other radicals MLK Jr and Gandhi.
I do not want DR / DVTV to die – i do not say that they are dying. I do want audism to be eradicated as best we possibly can aim for. It will always be here but we much each do our part to reduce it.
I can not stay in DR / DVTV in good conscience if it continually declines to have Deaf ASL and disabled folks be added to the listing of specific groups – race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orienation, age or religion – protected against attacks by DR
Wishing DR and DVTV much much peace – true peace
To all – i want you to know i really do cherish the owner and operator of DVTV and DeafRead as well as the editors. I do not support any attacks against them.
Challenge – firm with love. I wish they were not committed to OMITTING culture and disability or audism in the guideline
No death of the spirit folks – we gonna stand up for that which is right, just, and good
NOTE: my entry here says “I” a great deal because i do not want to speak for others; however, it is VERY important to note that many folks have been in boycott of DR and DVTV for a long time.