"Black Voice" (vlog based on a convo between myself and colleague/friend)
Scenario: Deaf client/professional, when requesting interpreting services or when in engaged in the use of, does not want a Black Interpreter for fear of ‘Black Voice’ being attributed to him/her.
Is this a concept that you have come across within the community? New?
My question: Where does this stem from? What does it really mean? Who and how and why is this being promulgated? And how can we stop it from perpetuating?
Questions to ponder: Do we honestly understand cultural norms and differences? Do we apply a ‘one-size-fits-all’ label when it comes to how we perceive those of other communities? (In this case the professionals of color that surround us). Are we inadvertently contributing to the ghettoization of a group by supporting a loose and vague stereotype? Not all (fill in the blank with whichever culture of choice first pops into your mind) are the same. Nor do they all think the same or speak the same or use the exact same vernacular. A lot of them are a part of sub cultures or overlapping cultures (like myself).
If you don’t know who Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is, you may want to google her TedTalk aft you read this about what she calls the ‘Single Story’. She says, “The single story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story”.
Let’s not ignore or keep quiet when we have the misfortune of working with ‘professionals’ that are anything but. Let’s be frank when these select persons may need more training and polishing. But let’s stop making assumptions and assessing the skills of other members of that group based on one or two unfortunate encounters. And if we should notice a pattern, instead of excluding and rejecting, why not think of what that community could benefit from in order to advance and enhance their skills.
Let’s avoid the Single Story. It contributes to groupish and exclusive behavior in a community that needs diversity to thrive and elevate the needs of the collective.
(^from the ytube description box).