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In conversation with yesterday's Mingus essay, here's Deaf-Blind poet John Lee Clark addressing forced separation because of deaf-blindness, which he calls distantism:

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Each form of social bigotry has its distinctive personality and its unique set of intertwining evils. So I would like to dwell on the concept of distantia, or a standing apart, which lies at the heart of distantism. We already have a Protactile* word that describes people who pull away from touch, who refuse to connect. It is an attitude and a behavior. Many hearing and sighted societies prize it highly, and their members seek to maintain physical distance, however thin those margins may be. Their rulers and heroes stand alone--the more remote they are, the more highly esteemed they are. Even when the less privileged are squeezed closer together due to poverty, exploitation, or as punishment, distantism manifests itself in the long lines, tight cells or dubicles, and above all, their being removed out of sight and hearing. For all the hype around its ability to connect the world, technology has often served to isolate people in every other way.
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https://johnleeclark.tumblr.com/post/163762970913/distantism

*"Protactile" is the DeafBlind way: maintaining constant touch while communicating. An spoken/captioned/signed introduction here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GrK3P15TYU
Much more at
https://protactile.org
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