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ISSUE NO. 187 -  TEVAT - SHEVAT 5778 -  JANUARY 2018

Born Deaf, Jewish and Black

Born Deaf, Jewish and Black?

A film, "I Am or How Jack Became Black" shown at Museum of the Moving Image in New York City in October was about the births of Jack and June, the third multiracial generation in filmmaker Eli Steele's family.

A startling projection stays that by 2050, at least 20% of all Americans will self-identify as two or more races. What will this mean in a nation tormented by race?

Born Deaf, Jewish and Black?

Born black, Jewish and deaf, Steele battled childhood bullying. Then, as an adult, he battled identity politics in both education and employment. He believed that holding onto his individuality, rather than his skin color, was part of America's promise to him. However, Steele's belief in this promise was shaken when his son was denied entrance to a public school for refusing to name his "primary race." Why does race still matter so much?

Born to a Jewish mother and a black father in 1974, Mr. Steele grew up in San Jose, California, in the United States, to where his parents moved as a result of his father’s new job at San Jose State University. Shortly after the move and right before his first birthday, it was discovered that Mr. Steele was born profoundly deaf. Thanks to a new program, Project IDEA, designed to train deaf children in the auditory method, he learned how to hear and speak. Mr. Steele was mainstreamed into classes with normal hearing children starting in first grade all the way through high school.

Source: http://www.movingimage.us/visit/calendar/2017/10/07/detail/i-am-or-how-jack-became-black
Also https://www.theparentvoice.com/eli-steele-on-race-and-growing-up-multiracial/

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