DOVE Releases Position Statement on Violence
Trigger warning: graphic descriptions and violence.
DOVE issues this position statement on violence:
In light of what happened at the Capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday, Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE) issues this statement as a reminder to the community of our position on violence. As our name highlights, we believe in the need to end violence by empowering community members through educational and advocacy programs. We do not tolerate any forms of violence.
On Wednesday, we as a country, saw the power of systematic racism and the protection that whiteness yields. Less than 6 months ago, the same Capitol building was lined with police and national guard ready to use military grade weapons for the mere “potential for violence” against those protesting brutality and death to Black bodies at the hands of the police. Yet, after week of public planning and clear threats of violence, a mob of mostly white individuals were able to breach barriers with weapons in hand to storm the Capitol, destroy property, and use violence to incite fear and intimidation. It took hours for police to react to white rioters, and even then they were treated with more care and respect than those involved with Black Lives Matter protests this summer or Indigenous people who defended Standing Rock (South Dakota) both of whom experienced rubber bullets, tear gas, fire hoses, and assault to their bodies.
Some people are saying now is the time to talk about racism, and while DOVE as an organization believes this is true and recognize the long-standing history made apparent in this moment, we also recognize the need to be responsible for the missed opportunities in which discussions around racism and white supremacy in this country have been ignored.
Being antiracist is a lifelong process that doesn’t stop with just one program, one workshop, or one idea. DOVE is committed to dismantling systematic oppressions. We will continue our commitment to challenging bias and uplifting the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Systems of power and oppression within domestic and gender violence are part of the root cause of racial and cultural disparities, and as a DV/SA agency we recognize that ending violence and sexual assault within the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing community requires moving through the world as antiracists and paying attention and following those leading this charge.
DOVE is committed to an everlasting endeavor to support all who have experienced abuse and violence. As an organization, and as individuals, we cannot make this commitment without continuously dialoguing, unpacking, and recognizing our privileges and harm that we may cause. We commit to creating a space for those who are the most impacted by violence to feel safe and doing so by understanding the complexity of intersectionality and refusing to tolerate any form of violence including those committed on Wednesday.
To learn more about DOVE and our ongoing efforts to provide culturally accessible services that empower and offer hope to Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing individuals who experience abuse. For more information visit our website at deafdove.org.
Video ID: A white woman with short brown hair in blue signs the first section, Another white woman in a short sleeved blue shirt signs the second section. A Latinx, wearing a teal shirt. Short black hair with the eyeglass frame and ear pierced signed the third section. The same woman from the first section signs the fourth section. Then the fifth section is signed by another woman wearing a teal-blue shirt with glasses and shoulder length brown hair. The final section is signed by a Black woman in a light blue sweater.