A More Deaf-Centered Deaf Service-Provider: An Aspiration for Purple

M. Richard Horrell-Schmitz

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www.youtube.com/aslnikki

Our desire is straight forward—a world free of audism—but it is a daunting task.  So our immediate goal is a place on the internet where Deaf Centered is truly central—where audism is not permitted.  Seeing that Purple was sponsoring sites that were harboring, sanctioning, and endorsing audism hurt us as a community.  But it pulled us together and we made a public outcry for Purple to stop its financial support of DVTV and DeafRead.

Good news! Purple has announced that it will immediately cease sponsorship of other companies, agencies, and websites until it has had an opportunity to reevaluate its “culture.” 

This is a good FIRST STEP toward a more Deaf-Centered Deaf Service. 

But it is not the end. 

While Purple is reevaluating it’s culture, I hope it takes the following into consideration:

  • Does Purple truly understand the Deaf Community’s core values?
    • Does Purple understand why Deaf Community core values are different from other hearing groups?
      • Does Purple understand why Deaf children are more vulnerable when publically labeled and libeled than a hearing child might be? (**Everyone KNOWS the children who are being labeled and libeled in DVTV and DR, whereas their hearing counterparts would never be known by a substantial number of people in this regard**)
      • Does Purple understand that there is a difference between being identified as deaf and having a Deaf Identity?
      • Does Purple understand that the ASL Deaf Community are its clientele, and not the other factions of deaf and hearing impaired persons found in the vlogosphere/blogosphere/internet communities?  
  • Can Purple truly serve the Deaf Community when it is unsure of the Deaf Community’s core values?
  • Are there Deaf Community members at the core of the company?
    • How can Purple understand the Deaf Community’s core values without Deaf Community members at the core of the company?
  • How can Purple seek out and hire Deaf Community members for positions which will enable Purple to become a More Deaf-Centered Deaf Service Provider?
  • Does Purple know what services, companies, and internet sites are audism-free?

With these thoughts in mind, we challenge Purple to take time to reevaluate its “culture.”  If Purple finds that its “culture” does not align with, or if it does not know, the Deaf Community’s Culture, then, in order to truly support and gain respect from the Deaf Community, Purple must make the necessary changes. 

We will be here to offer support and guidance as Purple seeks to become more Deaf-Centered.  We will also be here to push, protest, and petition those who sanction or support audism in any form.

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