Ethnicity of the Deaf

thomas w kavanagh (tkavanag@INDIANA.EDU)
Tue, 13 Feb 1996 16:02:36 -0500

At the risk of being accused of baiting, I am interested in how you apply
ethnicity to the "Deaf"-note capital. As I usually apply it, ethnicity
refers to membership in a group by virtue of birth to an existing member
of the group. It is thus something more than a synonym for a
culture-bearing unit.


On Tue, 13 Feb 1996, ERIC SILVERMAN wrote:
> For Deaf people (that is, people who refer
> to themselves as Deaf, with a capital D, rather than deaf with a lower case d,
> thus signifying ethnicity rather than simply their lack of hearing),