Celebrating Black History Month: Deaf Culture and Black ASL


This article is about Black ASL, which is a dialect of ASL that was developed by black people during the period of segregation. The girl in the video claims that they are similar but the same difference is that BASL has “seasoning”. I definitely understand what she means as for signing in BASL one would use both hands as opposed to only one for ASL. She compares BASL to what AAVE or ebonics is to “formal” English, stating that they both have terms and nuances that are more commonly used in the Black community. It’s interesting to learn that just how spoken English differs in what part of the country you live in, so does sign language, including BASL. This fact highlights how your environment heavily influences the way in which you communicate.

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