@melissaboiko Related to this, not long ago I learned that Irish Sign Language is differentiated by gender — because of catholic deaf schools that are (or were?) separate for boys and girls.
@melissaboiko Looks like #BSL usage is evolving too, this time by choice and invitation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W50OzfVsMYk . (There are some pretty f'n offensive signs related to ethnicity out there used by older folk, change is ongoing.)
I am not a signer myself but noticing it now from younger Black British Deaf folks talking about racism and intersectionality (I'm halfway through a dive on that right now...)
@melissaboiko though I heard a black interpreter explain that as a white person I wouldn’t use all the fingers, but she would. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-08/how-do-you-sign-black-lives-matter-in-asl-for-black-deaf-angelenos-its-complicated
@melissaboiko but then farther down in that story, there’s another interpreter saying what I believe is that anyone could do it to represent people group vs color
@platypus yeah there are three different explanations in that thread:
- this is the dialectal Black ASL variant
- this is a new word to distinguish Black ppl from black colour (n.b. general ASL already distinguishes white ppl from colour)
- this is a variant that only POC should use
I know nothing about this, but these explanations aren't incompatible. it’s possible the form originated in BASL, to distinguish Black ppl from colour, ~and~ some consider appropriative if used by non-POC.
@platypus (this is all pure speculation on my part, I have no knowledge and no access to the BASL books to go check.)
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