Quarantine/jail sign is being used for quarantine. That sign is not accurate & very hurtful and triggering for people who themselves went through jail/prison.
Jail/prison is a place where you have no freedom, no privacy, you are deprived of food, water, clothing, health and mental health care, where people are abused and tortured. Many people die from jail/prison itself.
We know that many people are struggling with isolation and distancing but please be careful not to compare experiences that are not the same. Do not compare quarantine to incarceration. And please do not use the sign jail/prison for quarantine. Please find another sign.
[Video Description: 3 min 30 sec video.
First two videos streaming from the zoom app appeared. The video screen on the left shows a young Black Indigenous man with a pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a black shirt, sitting down behind a white wall using ASL. The video screen on the right shows a young light skinned Latinx with brown hair down, wearing a red shirt, sitting on a brown couch using ASL.
Esperanza: Hello! I haven’t seen you in a long time! Are you good?
Malik: Yes, I’m doing good. I’ve been staying in the house. Been chilling and working. What about you?
Esperanza: Oh, SO BORED! I’ve been staying at home..feel like quarantined/jail for uh….30 days now. Really, so bored!
Malik: *interrupts* no..no..no…you signed that way for quarantine/jail…no.
Esperanza: I signed quarantine/jail…no?
Malik: Because formerly imprisoned people see you sign that way in social media saying, “I’m bored. I’ve been staying at home like quarantine/jail..so bored.” Many people say the same thing. They feel disgusted and triggered. They went through a lot of traumas from being placed in jails/prisons. I suggested a better sign for that word, “staying at home” or “placing in a house”. Not jail. That reminds them of their bad memories that they went through. Please don’t sign that way. Understand that sign for quarantine is still developing. There’s no official sign for jail either. For quarantine we could sign “staying at home” that the government orders us to stay in our houses. That is more accurate. That is also less triggered for other people.
Esperanza: True…I didn’t think of that. Thank you for calling me out. Now I learned this. You are right that I shouldn’t sign that word. We need to be aware of what we sign and be considerate of others who go through those experiences. Yes I appreciate this. I will share this information with others to ensure that they don’t sign that way and we need to be more clear with signs and words so we could avoid misunderstandings and triggers. Be sensitive. Yeah thank you.
Malik: *thumbs up* No problem. Thank you.
Esperanza: Perfect. *Smiling*
Video Description: Second video appeared showing a young light skinned Latinx with brown hair down wearing black long sleeve shirt, standing behind a white wall using ASL.
Esperanza: In the previous video, you see two people’s conversation about quarantine. Quarantine means people are ordered to stay in their homes to prevent the disease from spreading so they maintain stay safe and healthy. The reason why we suggest you not to sign quarantine/jail is because it is not appropriate. We suggest you sign the quarantine as “staying at home. I stay at home.” The other reason we suggest you not to sign quarantine/jail is because you know one sign could mean many things. That is dangerous. That could lead to a lot of misunderstandings. So we need to be more clear with our signs. Also, folks who are in jails and prisons actually go through traumas, isolation, abuse, deprivations and etc. And then they see us sign quarantine/jail, it triggers them. We have to respect their experiences, traumas and spaces. We hope you learn, analyze and share this with others. Thank you! ]
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