TBC News, Issue 54


from Music in the Deaf Community? by Holly Roth

"I also spoke with Clayton Valli, a Deaf poet, who was frustrated during The DeafWay Festival in 1989. He felt that the art shown and performed at The DeafWay should have been strictly visual out of respect for Deaf culture. The planners disagreed, and decided that music should be played in the background since it was such an integral part of performances in mainstream society."

"My informal research in the Deaf community suggests that there are three categories of music:

a. pure music for non-Deaf‑ through the ears and sound
b. pure ASL '‘music” for Deaf‑ through the eyes and vibrations
c.a bastardized mix that doesn’t fit the Deaf community."


from The Presidential Inaugural Committee: Portrait of OppressionThe Deaf View by Myrna Aiello

"I was hired by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) to coordinate all the services for Deaf and hard of hearing people at the inauguration. When I first walked into PIC headquarters, I was immediately reminded of Clinton's often stated message that he wanted his administration to “look like America.” Here were people from all different aspects of American life ‑ African Americans, Latinos, Deaf people, students, elderly, disabled, unemployed, college-educated, idealists, pragmatists ‐ this Inaugural Committee was indeed a cross-section of America."

"What has happened since is both shocking and disgraceful."

from The Presidential Inaugural Committee: Portrait of OppressionThe Hearing View by Sarah Rauber

"The president of the interpreting agency which made a quite profitable deal with the PIC is also the president of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). In the January issue of the RID Views, she lamented how RID’s members seem so ‘nasty' toward each other, adding, “We even display hurtful behaviors under the guise of civil rights." It stunned me that the president of our professional organization would trivialize Deaf people’s struggle for equality. She did not elaborate on the statement, which left me wondering what ‘hurtful behaviors' she had in mind."

from Stop the Music? Stop the Oppression! excerpts of letters to the editor of Silent News

"I think that for my father, this was just another way of reminding him that he was a Deaf person (seen as handicapped) in a hearing-controlled society. With this in mind, are we not just reiterating to the Deaf audience that hearing interpreters maintain the power because we have chosen music and song-signing as our form of entertainment? Because we are bilinguals in a society that displays inequality, we should be sensitive to the issues of oppression and attempt to ensure that inequality does not take part in our conferences or interactions with Deaf people." - Ron Coffey

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