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Nakia Smith, a 22-year-old African American woman wrote: “English is not my first language” on her TikTok account. Smith has been deaf since her birth and makes use of her big number of followers to promote her dialect. She has a total of 400,00 on the Chinese video-sharing app.
Smith made a video for her followers where she enlightened her followers about the difference between standard American Sign Language and her Black American Sign Language. She told that Black ASL is different from ASL with the addition of more seasoning and more emotions involved.
She told her story that her friends didn’t understand her sign language which made her realize that BASL is unique and she wants to educate people about that.