Miss Deaf America Left Out From TV for National Anthem in ASL
  • Petitioned NFL Commissioner (Roger Goodell)

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Miss Deaf America Left Out From TV for National Anthem in ASL

    1. Kate Spencer
    2. Petition by

      Kate Spencer

      Seattle, WA

NAD Miss Deaf America Rachel Mazique was representing the Deaf community and individuals (Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind) by signing the National Anthem and "America is Beautiful" songs at Super Bowl 2012.

She was not shown on TV at all and there was no exposure of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. Millions of people had the opportunity to see the songs signed beautifully by a young Deaf woman who had a genuine intention of nothing but getting the message across that Deaf people can do anything.

This moment has passed by and it never can be redone again. The opportunity is gone. Young children and adults from all over the world missed the chance of seeing that Deaf people like Ms. Mazique can be successful in the real world and barriers can be broken. NBC (and anyone else involved) chose to put up those barriers by not portraying Ms. Mazique & kept her out of the spotlight.

Ms. Mazique has been working hard to make a difference in the Deaf community by doing small & big accomplishments. She already has her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. Ms. Mazique is a very intelligent person who knew that if she was shown on national television to 165 different countries across the world, it would send a message that Deaf people are capable of being successful and that sign language is beautiful. We are not disabled and we are to be treated equally to hearing people.

This action by NBC (and anyone else) clearly shows that they did not think Ms. Mazique was good enough to be shown on TV even if she was signing the exactly same song that Kelly Clarkson was singing. Ms. Mazique was 'hidden' from the spotlight and this message speaks loudly of what NBC thinks of Deaf individuals.

Please sign this petition and share it with your family members, friends, co-workers, and anyone else that would sign this. Spread the word of what NBC did to Miss Deaf America and how NBC decided to shun the Deaf community. This is unacceptable and our voices will not be silent; we will be HEARD!

Let’s make a difference on national television that Deaf people no longer need to be ‘hidden’. Make our voices heard to NBC (and anyone else involved) that they made a poor decision of leaving out Miss Deaf America from national television. This needs to stop!

Information/sources:

http://www.nad.org/news/2012/2/super-bowl-xlvi-pepsico-and-nad

http://nad.org/youth/miss-deaf-america-ambassador-program

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Deaf-America-Ambassador-Program/133244086696521

Statements from Ms. Rachel Mazique removed from Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program's Facebook Page. They were posted before this petition was started; to clarify, the statements are not originally for this petition:

"To my family, friends, fans, supporters: Thank you for rooting for me. I'm as disappointed as you are that American Sign Language gained no exposure. ASL was also not shown on the JumboTron inside the stadium--as far as I know. I have poor quality videos of me signing...blurry...signs and face cut off at some points.. shaky film because my mom was being pushed around on the sidelines...not sure if they are worth posting.."

"I am so sorry you didn't get the chance to see me on TV and I thank you all for your support and excitement. I'm re-posting this from someone's comment on my status: "Post your videos! And I got this off someone else's status: Found this email address in case you are interested in writing NBC regarding Rachel Mazique not being shown in the pre-game: nbcsportshelp@nbcuni.com." Some are also tweeting to NBC. If enough people in the general public express their disappointment, next year's performer should get air time."

Recent signatures

    News

    1. This Is Still Alive!

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all,

      I wanted to let you know that I have not given up on this movement and would love to see something happen for Ms. Rachel Mazique. She recently completed her term with being the NAD Miss Deaf America and they have a new NAD Miss Deaf America (Chanel Gleicher), but Ms. Rachel Mazique still deserves to get an apology from both NBC and NFL Superbowl for what happened to her.

      Deaf Life and SIGNews published articles about this movement. I still have not seen the Deaf Life, but I have a copy of the SIGNews; it looks great!

      If you know of any specific person from NBC and/or NFL that we could attempt to contact to get a quicker answer for this movement and petition, please private message me. One of the email addresses that I had on this petition was bounced back to me after months of doing this petition, ack!

      I want to see something happen out of this and I am so thankful for your continued support!

      Kate

    2. Update

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all!!

      Sorry if I have been quiet, I wanted to post an update to let you know that I haven't forgotten nor given up on this movement. I contacted dozens and dozens of different major (hearing) newspapers and none of them were interested in writing an article about this. But I was in contact with two major Deaf newspapers: Deaf Life and SIGNews. Both of them wrote an article about us! I have a copy of the SIGNews article and it looks great. I am currently trying to get the Deaf Life issue of the article to see what it says.

      Ms. Rachel Mazique also showed me a picture of an article that was done by Illinois Association of the Deaf about this movement of injustice being done to our community and I was surprised but thrilled to see that another Deaf news/paper mentioned about what happened to our NAD Miss Deaf America. I will try to see if they can give me a copy of the article too so I can save them.

      Thank you for your support and please share with others!

    3. Reached 9,000 signatures
    4. Over 8,000 Signatures!

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Hi,

      Charles contacted me to point out that the reason why we keep on seeing those "____ Signatures Reached!" even if the total amount of signatures haven't reached it yet is because many of them are private signatures. I am not sure why they aren't counted toward the total amount without using names, but when I downloaded the list of signatures to see the accurate number of signatures, we have over 8,000 signatures. Thank you, Charles!

      If any of you want to know the actual score, just add 1,000 to what it says on the petition to get an idea of what we have right now. For example, I'm looking at the number 7,376 as I'm typing this update, so it really is about 8,300 (less or more) for the total of signatures that we have. I wish the petition would add all signatures; I will try to contact the creator of this website to see if there's a way to fix it. Thanks! :)

      ~Kate

    5. Reached 8,000 signatures
    6. Updates

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all,

      You might have noticed that the petition title has changed. It is because I finally added three emails to the petition for the letter to be sent to them about the movement. I am not sure if it will be sent every time or only when we chose it to. I'm still learning about this site, so any help is greatly appreciated. Private message me if you have ideas or feedback.

      I have been currently working on contacting most of the major newspapers from the Wikipedia list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_newspapers_in_the_United_States_by_circulation) to see if they can run an article about this so we can keep the movement alive and strong.

      Keep on sharing this with anyone you know to get more signatures and thank you so much for your support!

      ~Kate

    7. Reached 7,000 signatures
    8. 6,000 Signatures!!

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      All of you are amazing! It looks like we might reach 8,000 signatures by Saturday of this week if it keeps on pouring in like this.

      The word has been getting out & there are many articles about this incident. It was even mentioned on CNN (television) yesterday, so I'm trying to find a way to put all of the links together in one place for people to read them and/or share them with people about this movement.

      ~Kate

    9. Reached 6,000 signatures
    10. (Almost) 5,000 Signatures!!

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      We are only less than 600 signatures away from our 5,000 goal as I'm writing this update. I decided to change it to 8,000 because I have faith that we will hit the 5,000 goal in 48 hours since I started this petition. Thank you SO much for all of your support!

    11. Reached 4,000 signatures
    12. 3,000 Signatures!!

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      This is amazing; we got 1,000 signatures in just a few hours?? Thank you SO much & keep the signatures and support pouring in! I enjoy reading your comments of why you signed this petition.

      Hopefully the signatures & comments that people left on the petition helps others understand why this movement is important to us.

      ~Kate S.

    13. Reached 3,000 signatures
    14. 2,000 signatures!

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all,

      We have reached over 2,000 signatures already! Thank you so much for your support. There was a newspaper article done on this from Ms. Rachel Mazique's hometown (Chicago) & there is some information about this petition on it! The word is getting out of this movement & I'm very excited to see what people like us can do!

      I have been thinking of contacting Kelly Clarkson to see if she can meet with Ms. Mazique for a "redo" with the same song that they did at the Super Bowl & have someone tape it while they sign/sing together then post it on YouTube to show what the world missed out on. This might be a long shot (or impossible?) to do, but if you think it's a great idea, please help me with this big goal! I will attempt to contact Kelly Clarkson to see if she can be an ally (supporter) for this.

      Thank you all!!

    15. Reached 2,500 signatures
    16. Original Goal (1,000) Almost Accomplished & A BIG THANK YOU!

      Kate Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, I'm blown away to see that we have over 700 signatures after having this petition created this morning (PST)! I originally had it at 1,000 for my goal, but now we're approaching this goal so I had it changed to 5,000 for our current goal (as of 6pm PST on February 6, 2012).

      We might approach to 5,000 very soon if this continues with signatures pouring in from all of you! If we do, I will change it to 10,000 signatures (goal) because this shows that we can do it & it's not impossible to dream big. I greatly appreciate getting so much support from all of you for NAD Miss Deaf America Rachel Mazique.

      I saw signatures from different countries like Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and so on. I'm very impressed, keep them coming in & share it with anyone that might want to sign it too! This has caught some newspaper (and news) attention, so the numbers might increase rapidly once the word gets out in the media.

      Thank you SO much for your support!

      ~Kate S.

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jo Samanovic ROBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I have a deaf child and would not want him to be treated like this.

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    • Katie Hunt CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      I've always supported the deaf and impaired hearing community, and it is appalling to see that this lovely lady wasn't even put on television because it isn't something "popular". We all need to change our views of the world, and put focus on the things that matter, like this.

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    • Sharon Golden POMPANO BEACH, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Don't need to prevent another language being heard through the signs of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

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    • AnneMarie Love SUNRISE, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Equal access to the Deaf Community. I am a sign language interpreter that supports our Deaf community.

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    • Kristopher Turner LISLE, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am an ASL interpreter student and I think it rude that people cannot be shown how successful someone in that community truly can be. The fact that you or NBC couldn't take time to pan over to Miss Rachel Mazique is rude and shows your incompetence in this area of our world.

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