Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Being an apologist.


So suffering from the slings and arrows of outrageous terminology? I think free speech is important if you form a view on how the 'Deaf' systems work for, or against the common good, an awareness show etc is inaccurate or non-inclusive e.g. then you should be allowed to say it. 

NEVER apologise, NEVER back off if you think you are right, NEVER clarify if they didn't get it the first time they will be trying to distort it the second.  These areas want you to doubt yourself to 'prove' they are always right. There ARE elitist deaf, there ARE campaigns run for less than purposes that provide real awareness or ongoing essential information.  There are TV and films that bear no relevance to our reality too.   Most are propaganda. E.G. Via COVID some of the advice given to deaf people was downright dangerous which was re-enforced as a deaf right too.   Aka suggesting medical staff discriminate by wearing PPE.   Most deaf statistically do not rely on sign language, but why spoil a great gig?

Deaf are very adept at social media, they can manipulate too, they can use closed sites to keep different viewpoints and people out, they do it all the time.  There are virtually NO open deaf sites online. If you have a view and want to stay with it, you have to go it alone. Many are run as some feudal system like old deaf clubs were.  Mostly, it is about control. The common excuse is to protect deaf people from abuse, however, this does not stop them from piling abuse and disdain on others.  It also prevents the deaf from seeing two sides to every story.

Too many deaf online exist in a vacuum, a lot are sitting in the dark and like mushrooms being fed BS as well, mostly via fear their social and other aspects and them personally,  are being undermined by hearing people, hearing systems, and hearing Health advice yadda yadda.  Paranoia central.

I've yet to see an ASL or BSL public awareness gig that actually included all with hearing loss, they do provide captions occasionally as justification, but the content is near always completely irrelevant to anyone but them.  Just one way they can exploit the inclusive remit. Their representation is polarised too.  It's a joke but sadly at the expense of the majority with a hearing loss,  They can justify this discrimination via their 'rights' as a culture with their own language, and the systems humour them, but they are still leaving others out, still making dubious claims, still publishing stats they make up themselves, and still running campaigns that will only benefit them and nobody else.

Of course, EXclusion isn't discrimination is it? Woe betide you if you make that point.   That can launch a  torrent of claims you are abusing deaf people (They mean Deaf people, but the mainstream doesn't see that difference), are attacking their culture, them, their language whatever, result? you can get shut down, banned online from sites, and if that fails, carry the label of a hater/homophobic/ racist,  they can pile any 'ist' in to make their point.  Some rights are rights too far and some Deaf are making the most of those grey areas.

Once you make a decision you are stuck with it online, you cannot backpedal, and why would you? if you believe it was right the first time?