“…the absence of much of minority scholarship was attributable to its poor quality, and to the lack of productivity of minority scholars. Scholars of color were urged stop complaining and simply to write Of course,the discussion that followed was animated. But more important than what was said was what was assumed-namely, that the arena of academic discourse was functionally open to any scholar of merit who sough to enter it.” Introduction page xxvi in Critical Race Theory

Without examining issues of race and redefining discourses that surrounding ideas of race there will be no proper framework to work within when trying to articulate problems. Problems of race cannot be “solved” without forging new ways to think about race- this does not include a popular consciousness of liberal ideology, i.e. colorblindness. Lack of attention to race, the denial of its existence, does not lead to any solutions. This ideology ignores the privilege that can be attributed to one’s race, while ignoring the devastating consequences of others positions.

It must be acknowledged that not everyone has the same access to language, to speak, or to say. One must pay attention to everything subtle and try to encourage voices not always apparent or speaking in an unfamiliar way.

On a seemingly unrelated note, I think deaf culture can benefit from some of the structures, the newly created language, that those who have done and are doing Critical Race Theory have forged.

EDIT: I am missing out on a lot of really good literature that has forged a bridge between critical race theory and deaf culture as noted by a commentor below.  I’m working on education myself on what this discourse offers.  Check out this person’s comments.



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4 responses to “Crits

  1. Salem

    Disability Studies is way, way, way ahead of you. You need to fucking check yourself before you make dreams for disabled folk. We’ve been doing the stuff you think you’ve discovered by way of figuring out that disabled people matter a couple of months ago. Allison Kafer, Rosemarie Garland Thompson, Lennard Davis, Sharon Snyder, Kim Q Hall for a start. Get educated instead of writing in ignorance. Build us some real solidarity, because you seem good but maybe trust disabled folks to have thought of this.

  2. Salem

    Michele Friedner , in particular, has written about d/Deaf culture. Check her out.

  3. Thank you for commenting. I will check out the writing that you gave me to look into (I ordered a book by each name you gave me except Michele Friedner, didnt see a book. Any article recommendations? Or links?). I don’t know if it matters to you if I say this but I but sincerely apologize for my f-ups. Thank you for taking the time to comment and give me places where I can learn more. I appreciate you slaying the forces of (my) ignorance.

  4. Salem

    Sincere appreciation for taking the time to read up. Michele Friedner has written a lot about d/Deafness in India. If you have access to any sort of journal database you can find her stuff. Also recommend Rosemarie Garland Thompson’s foundational article “Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory.” If you don’t have access, well, fucking paywall, but Allison Kafer’s book Feminist Queer Crip is out of this world.

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