Can this dance help settle the controversial debate on how to raise Deaf Children?
posted on May 25, 2016,
Anthony Mowl – COMMUNITY USER
A Symbol Of Progress
When Dancing With the Stars awarded Nyle the Mirror Ball on the 22nd Dancing With the Stars Finale, it felt like the right end to an inspirational season for millions of viewers. There’s no doubt that the victory- and the wildly popular Nyle DiMarco – gave the Deaf Community a watershed moment. A symbol of progress, but perhaps not the kind you might think.
If comedian Chris Rock were bold enough to make a Deaf joke, he might say something similar to what he said when Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, disagreeing with people who said it was a sign of “black progress”.
“That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years.”
Nyle made the DWTS finals because he took the kind of risks that many of the other celebrity amateur dancers would never take week in and week out. He danced without music one week, blindfolded the next, and with a male (a DWTS first) in a different week.