My letter to PURPLE representatives
(note – typo severe should read as sever)
sent to the email addresses below (replace the (at) with @ and the (dot) with .
Sun, May 16, 2010 at 2:13 PM
subject PURPLE’s support of DeafRead and DVTV
I write this letter with a heavy heart. I am writing to ask you to severe your sponsorship of Deaf Read and DVTV. Both of these websites are important tools for the Deaf community that have been sanctioning and promoting attacks against members of our community – including children.
If Deaf Read and DVTV would comply with their own guidelines not to list or publish attack blogs / vlogs and prohibited audism as it does sexism, racism, heterosexualism etc, I would have no issue with them. Unfortunately DR and DVTV have chosen to run numerous v/blog entries attacking organizations and individuals:
Deaf Bilingual Coalition
Audism Free America
Ella Mae Lentz
Dr. Candace McCullough and daughter
Nikki and daugther
and many more
I truly value free speech but it does not allow slander and libel. DR and DVTV have editorial rights to simply not carry blogs/vlogs or specific entries that are harmful to our community.
B/vlogs expressing opinions are fine – b/vlogs called FACTS when they are in fact NOT should not be carried by a reputable aggregator and website which YOU, PURPLE, sponsor and support.
When Imus made derogatory comments towards African-American women, the community spoke out against it and the radio program and sponsors that carried him put him in his place. The sponsors listened to the community’s concern and helped refine where the line is even for shock jockey’s. The radio station and Imus were held accountable.
We will do no less for our Deaf community. What PURPLE has been financing via DR and DVTV is unacceptable and reflects very badly on a company that is trying to show its loyalty, care, and support of a disenfranchised community while facing very difficult times.
I would be pleased if you put your remaining funds to better use than to sponsor websites that do harm. Many many many great voices and ideas have become paralyzed or silent in the face of what DR and DVTV have been sanctioning and promoting. In addition, some good voices have grown ugly as a result of seeing these injustices.
I beseech upon you to listen to the wisdom of Joey Baer and all the other unheard cries, “to bigotry, no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” PURPLE must listen to its conscience and cut off DR and DVTV if DR and DVTV choose not to cut off b/vloggers who have attacked, libeled and slandered organizations and individuals in our community.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.