A professor at Gallaudet University believes curing deafness would be akin to cultural genocide. You know, just like when Hitler tried to cure deafness.
A professor at America’s premier college for deaf students has now proposed that curing deafness is a form of “cultural genocide” because deaf people who can hear would stop using sign language.
Gene therapy to treat/cure deafness in children is thus ethically wrong because it will limit the number of deaf people who can communicate with sign language.
Oh for shit’s sake. Maybe I’m just a cockeyed optimist, I don’t expect sign language to be banned anytime soon. Furthermore, anyone on Earth can learn sign language at any time. In effect, sign language, like Hillary Clinton, is never going away.
The professor, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke of the philosophy and religion faculty at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., espoused her theory of “cultural genocide” earlier this month at Impact Ethics, a website covering bioethical issues.
“The argument goes like this: the use of gene therapy to cure hereditary deafness would result in smaller numbers of deaf children. This, in turn, would reduce the critical mass of signing Deaf people needed for a flourishing community, ultimately resulting in the demise of the community,” Burke explains.
First of all, I am always wary of women who have two last names. They might as well come out and say, “I’m a privileged liberal snowflake, and I do not conform to your male chauvinist demands!” Second, the decision to treat/cure deafness should be made by the individual, not some pissflap who never leaves her safe space. Finally Ms. Blankmeyer Burke, get your bitch ass in the kitchen and make me some pie!