People of the Eye: Second Chance

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However, I do believe a person that can be rehabilitated and do believe in a form of compassion, Most every person deserves a second chance at some point. We just have to do the best we can to find the ones most deserving. Just because you are a Deaf returning citizen does not automatically mean you will be protected.

If the Deaf community had done their job with the fact to release hatred would definitely get news coverage, I would assume that they have sorted out fact from fiction in regards if a Deaf returning citizen is fit to rejoin society.  What is Deaf Returning citizen? It is a positive term to give them a life to heal and empower the society, and to understand what kind of burdens to carry. Deaf Returning citizens have to carry a heavy burden that requires empowerment to make it through what they have faced upon their release. Deaf returning citizens may have a true change of heart and heal.

There are couple of Deaf returning citizens who have potential. They deserve a fresh start and do some good things with their lives when they step in. For all the negative people, naysayers, just remember, the ones who live in Deaf community with hatred, there are also people like myself who believes in second chances.

I am a firm believer that upon release, ex-offenders should be afforded a second chance to become productive citizens by providing rehabilitation and education that will help them join the workforce. Charles B. Rangel

The power of indoctrination, propaganda, and constant mantra of any information without giving you all sides of an issue is dangerous, wrong, and causes extreme harm. It can come from social media starting at an early age before a person has time to learn a wide and broad general knowledge of life. Also, it is the same social media that indoctrinates viewers with one-sided salacious stories without showing both sides of the issue many times.

In the most recent example of the ugliness that passes for national discourse, a Deaf guy who claimed to be an expert as behavior specialist that is not even matured into adult years yet saying that ex-cons should not use social media at all. He is like Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump who calls them a bad image and should not exist in the society in support of bullying for ignorance and fear. The guy thought it would be an impractical policy for Deaf returning citizens, shouts out at them across America as Deaf returning citizens are allowed to have second chances. “SHUT YOUR MOUTH!” has been threatening the very nature of democracy.

The behaviorist who practices bigotry was larger than Trump’s and when a Deaf returning citizen stands up for something they deal with false hopes and hatred, it is OK to bully them into silence and how much grace and civility they had suffered. It shows that even the highest land of America is not immune to this thread. Hatred, bullying, slander, libel starts with its history of great haters, lack of awareness and efforts to put aside the labels of Deaf returning citizens to suffer, is still vulnerable to this public discourse.

This is unacceptable. I believe the greatest loss for Deaf returning citizens will be if we let this sort of outburst stand. We must not. This guy has no basis for intelligence life. Hate do not win.

-JT

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Deaf Access Justice: Challenge the Police Policy and Procedures

David Call’s Madame Sugar: Body Shaming or Beauty As the Beast?

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For a long time since the Deaf artist, David Call posted his artwork: LSL Dominatrix, Madame Sugar, a lowbrow art, I was told to put into silence mode and I really do not appreciate anyone telling me to be silent about it and move on. I want to make sure that 100% clear that I want to write about the artwork itself to share concerns. Before I write, I want to make very CLEAR that it is not about Deaf versus Deaf.  Since I can remember watching a documentary called Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women for a college-credited course, it was an eye-opening thought with the questions that should be discussed, for example, does the beauty ideal tyrannize women? What about whether “advertising” objectify women’s bodies?

The advertising is also an art work that has been roiled in many years by “microaggressions” leading to demand for “trigger warnings” in the media. Keep in mind, before I share my concerns to challenge the artwork, I do not ever support Meredith Sugar at all because she is actually a hate-monger against the people of the eye: Deaf people. She is an aqua roller for Alexander Graham Bell’s labor of language deprivation.

However, the artwork was highly offensive because it is all about body-shaming. Look at the RED lips—it reminds of an old sign advertising Picaninny Freeze, a frozen treat in 1922, the same year Alexander Graham Bell died. Those RED lips and the image of Black people were part of encouraging hatred and severe racism—and that was difficult thing to remind the history. I remember seeing a picture like that from a book that I got it from my mother for my birthday present to understand the growing pains of history.

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This artwork deals with negative and often dangerous effects of our concept of beauty. Men are often viewed on a more intellectual, instrumental way, women are viewed as ornamental, simply a face. In modern times, the ideal of what a woman should look like has changed many times, ranging from an anorexic ideal to plump, to compulsive eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, and obsessive exercise.

Because often the ideal of beauty is nearly impossible to maintain, many women suffer from self-confidence issues, and are left disappointed. Many industries also profit off of this ideal: Diet drug companies, cosmetic surgeons, and designer clothing labels all make billions off of women each year. As said by Elayne A. Saltzberg, “Psychological effects of the pursuit of the perfect female body include unhappiness, confusion, misery, and insecurity.”

The interesting question concerning this beauty ideal is: if this lowbrow art was so miserable trying to achieve this beauty ideal, then why do the artist continue to do it? Reasonable doubt? Why does the artwork also encourage about objectify women’s bodies? Imagine what if it was your own mother? If an artist drew about my mother like that, I would not be very happy camper.

Is body shaming also part of hate speech? Maybe. Maybe not. The impact on women from this ideal is political and psychological, as it results in oppression and disempowerment. The image of art above is about community accountability. Reasonable doubt?

-JT

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Deaf Access Justice: The Price of Lost Innocence

Deaf Access Justice: What about Invasion of Privacy for Deaf People?

What is Wrong with “Reclaiming Deaf and Mute?”

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Dear Shaun King,

My name is Jason “JT” Tozier, Founder of Deaf Access Justice (DAJ), a 100% Deaf-run organization, I would like to thank you for your hard work and your social activism to fight police violence—I have been reading your series—a brilliant work! I would like to make a statement why “mute” is healthy term.

The organization, HEARD [Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf] is a hearing-run organization who protested your posts where it had shown the term of “MUTE”, I would like to make amends to understand the rage and resistance of “Deaf-Mute”—if it understands that critical events of “mute” is very much part of language oppression and deny the fact that covering up American Sign Language (ASL) where Deaf people’s preference of communication method to use for their communication, information, and knowledge.

In a book called Cratylus written by Plato in 360 BC, the literature of signed language is initially examined in the book, a hot topic in the late fifth century BC when the dialogue among three philosophers, Socrates, Hermogenes and Cratylus, has taken place on Cratylus’s farm, arguing a truth or correctness of names and verbs. Socrates questions whether signs by the “mutes” be replaced by names and verbs if the “mutes” are able to refer themselves to galloping horses in the meadow and high-flying eagles in the sky, trees with their roots and branches. Yes, Socrates does not question that signs are inferior in intelligence.

Socrates’s thesis that the Deaf could entertain an intellectual development through signed language, as elaborated by Plato, was rejected also by a philosopher Aristotle, the 4th century BC, by arguing the inability of the Deaf to repeat the same sounds of words as non intelligent. Aristotle has caused massive language bigotry.

The same old Greece who had influenced Italy who had bulldozed sign language in favor of Oralism in year 1880 known as Milan Resolution within 85 percent who were priests from Italy and France. Later that leads the removal of ‘Mutes’ in favor of Oralism in next two paragraphs.

In 1864, during the American Civil War, the act of Congress together with President Abraham Lincoln signed and created The National Deaf-Mute College implicitly to protect and perpetuate in ASL, the form of speech of the Deaf in America. Alexander Graham Bell (yes, the very same person who claimed to invent telephone)  was responsible and promoted a new mode of communication to remove MUTE to teach them how to speak and not to use signs at all in America.

Alexander Graham Bell was ALSO the one who nearly wrecked the education of the Deaf and left hundreds of thousands of Deaf children “language-confounded”–it continues into the present day as a cesspool of language bigotry and bastardization in America.

Abbe Serafino Balestra, a political party official and a conference organizer in Milano, Italy made an insulting remark back in 1880 known as Milan Resolution, “We are all children of the one Christ who gave us the example…The minister of Christ must open the mouth of the deaf…I will add that for a Catholic priest, the mutes must speak”

In 2011, I never forget this story and I should have videotaped her. It would have brought tears to the readers. I met a 94 years old Deaf woman on a plane sitting next to her with her ID tag that says “My name is Ruth (XXX). I am Deaf-Mute that uses American Sign Language (ASL)” and we signed to each other for hours listening to her stories with laughter. It was incredible!

She said she once saw Alexander Graham Bell at her Deaf school in Alabama and immediately did not appreciate his energy. I asked her why she prefers ‘Deaf-Mute’ and she said, “I do not use my voice! I refuse! I prefer ASL! Why? ASL is my LANGUAGE!” Her ASL stories was incredibly beautiful. I regret not to film her stories.

“Deaf-Mute” is actually positive for everywhere because they do not need to deal with have functioning vocal chords and modulate their voices. Since Alexander Graham Bell’s proposal of removing MUTE—his philosophy worked very well. He did a good job by indoctrinating the media. Deaf people has been even more indoctrinated by Alexander Graham Bell himself.

Yes, I used to think “Deaf-Mute” as a derogatory term for years and years, while I was growing up, people would tell me it was wrong to use term. I was wrong to follow their advice. “Deaf-Mute” is never wrong. Deaf people had been taught not to use MUTE anymore because out of fear and negativity.

Ella Mae Lentz, a Deaf Activist who made an important video in ASL, “Reclaiming Deaf Mute” for Deaf audience to understand why the history behind the meaning of Mute.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvs_JgPi6SQ

DAJ believes it is Deaf people’s choice whether they want to call themselves DEAF-MUTE. It is not up for the organization above to educate because they do not understand what it feels like to be like DEAF nor DEAF-MUTE. Really, DEAF-MUTE is healthy in all discourses. Hope this helps you out. Thank you for reading.

-JT

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Deaf Access Justice: Lack of Police Accountability in Deaf Community

Gallaudet ASL/Deaf Studies: Deaf Returning Citizen is a Human Right!

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When I flew with Carl Schroeder and visited Washington, D.C, the home of Gallaudet University for the first time in June 2010—changed my life FOREVER!!! Toward the end of my first meeting with some of ASL/Deaf Studies professors, I was trying to figure out how to overcome my fears and should I join the graduate program. The first person that came out of the room and meet Carl right away was the chair of the ASL/Deaf Studies also one of three founders for graduate program, and Carl introduced me.

The word was that ASL/Deaf Studies department wanted to make bold reforms and Carl sent a text message for the Chair through Blackberry (both had Blackberry) to meet up for a beer along with me that night but the Chair did not respond two days later. He claimed that he was “busy”. His presence was a total snoozer. The usual suspects said the usual things. Nothing new or innovative emerged. Before I walked out of Sorenson Language Communication Center (SLCC), I asked Carl to take a picture of me and knew that it was my calling—Gallaudet is my home!

Then we walked into bookstore to look around for books or stuff whatever we like and see to buy and saw many Deaf people signing and I felt empowered by that moment! That was my adventure and then stayed in the DC greater area for couple of days before returning home in Portland, Oregon. Then I applied for graduate program in 2011 then quickly got accepted in, but I was not ready for couple of reasons: What major informational source does Gallaudet University rely upon to form such hateful, ignorant, and bigoted statements about Deaf returning citizens in general and in specific?

That was one of the reasons I was not ready. So, I gave two years to focus on myself and grabbed all the books I could read about Deaf Studies by going to my favorite bookstore, Powell’s, the best place anywhere in Portland. I would go there every weekend and grab a book and sit in the coffee garden and read there. It was a perfect escape from the reality and read. There were hundreds of different people coming in from the walks of life and some of the people in that coffee garden would have some brightest minds. Not only that but I do my homework there all the time, too.

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Then in 2013, Department of ASL/Deaf Studies gave me the ultimate prize: Full scholarship and I accepted the award. The Chair and Dean of the Graduate and Professional Studies Program who is now a Provost approved the letter. Remember, they both are hearing with all the privileges they have. I moved to Washington, D.C. and took the risk. Even my mother warned me that she thought something would happen badly to me. I told my sweet mother, “I have to take the risk because it is the only way I can heal my life”–good enough, my mother was right.

As a Deaf returning citizen, I worked very hard to turn my life around even if it is 30 years ago–unfortunately, I witnessed horrifying mental abuses inside Gallaudet: Chair for Department of ASL/Deaf Studies, Director for Department of Public Safety, Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs, Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services, ASL/Deaf Studies coordinator, Director of Mental Health Center and even couple of other professors and associate professors.

I was chained to trees and walls. The experience was one of the worst I ever dealt with. Gallaudet University treats Deaf returning citizens like they are in cages, enslaved by chains, and make sure they are all part of dying humanity. They were all attempting to murder my life and made sure I was the laughingstock (a person subjected to general mockery or ridicule) on the campus.

As the academic year opens at colleges and universities across the country, the most hated groups of students will be underrepresented in classrooms: Deaf returning citizens. They had been rejected to show their abilities and the motivation to earn their degrees. They had been shut out of higher education because of their mishaps. It is time to remove the hidden penalty for Gallaudet University to illegally kick them out. They do not need to deal with stigma anymore. It is a mental illness–it is.

Gallaudet University and ASL/Deaf Studies do not support Deaf returning citizens at all. In a meeting in November 2013 with before then Dean of the Graduate Program Carol and the Chair, the Dean signed to me with the Chair being as the strongest witness, “Gallaudet University do not support returning citizens. They are always the worst people on Earth.” I was very surprised what the Dean said and the Chair did not even say anything. The Chair was really scared of his boss.

I was so ready to walk out of the meeting and the Dean signed to me, “Go ahead. I dare you to leave the meeting.” then I realized that I needed to be strong about this. My mistake is that I did not present a lawyer in the Dean’s office. I decided to write this because what I did when I was a 12 YEARS OLD preadolescent was, of course, terrible, it was more than long time ago, 30 years ago. All I want to lead a normal life.

It sends a clear message that bigotry of Deaf returning citizens is allowed at Gallaudet University, now home of mentality plantation. It is also the center of mental condition to make sure Deaf returning citizens suffer with their own stales, socially created traumas, stigmatizations, which had actually destroyed their lives for their own pleasure.

This is only beginning. I have more to write. There are another people that are yet to be named. Those people robbed and destroyed my life. They will deny that the fact that they had done to me. They live in white lies. I was disgusted by those people’s selfish, hate-filled attacks on my life.

That is why I am so ready to tell it all. No more bullshit! The truth will come out. Remember,”dying humanity”–part of my life is all what it matters the most to them.

Yes, Deaf returning citizen is a human right.

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Desmond Tutu is Awesome!

My New Deafhood Journey: Gallaudet University I wrote in 2013–a week before I begin my graduate studies. Link below:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2013/08/24/my-new-deafhood-journey-gallaudet-university-2/

-JT

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SAVING CAPITALISM: Stop Alexander Graham Bell’s Free Marketing Tactics

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That is exactly why the cochlear implant industries and Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing are doing to fool people for big money and lies.—“free market”= exploit Deaf people and “government”= big money industries like Cochlea, Federal Drug Administration (FDA), all those other money-mongers.

I am going to read this book and understand more why AGBell is becoming a big-money machine is lobbying for free market lies through government’s teeth. Robert Reich is really good and one of my favorite people to read and watch his videos.

-JT

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Stop Police Brutality in Deaf Community!

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The logo has been designed by a company called Visual Logo Design (VLD): Visuallogodesign@gmail.com

As a founder for Deaf Access Justice (DAJ), it is my duty to write this open letter and let the Deaf community understand the struggles of police brutality around the country today when it targets Deaf people for unnecessary bigotry.

Hate crime violates constitutional rights of Deaf people, especially unharmed Deaf people who were shot by police. We must always remind ourselves as well as all others how our Declaration of Independence makes our country different from any other nation around the world.

The Declaration proclaims that we have inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”–The Deaf guy by the name of Daniel K. Harris who was shot to death by state troopers in his car in North Carolina. Daniel was unharmed. This is a good case of police brutality.

Being Deaf and even unharmed was his pursuit of happiness in Our Constitution. The first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits abridging the freedom of speech but constitutional rights of Deaf people have been violated especially when they “fail to hear” by state troopers or police now requiring them be submitted to be charged with hate crime.

Every decent person abhors violent crimes that are motivated by prejudice or bias. Thus, the case for congressional legislation that would expand federal authority that already prohibits some “hate crimes” [See, e.g., 18 U.S.C. § 245(b).]

There is very, very, very rare when people are aware of this federal statute, “Deprivation of Civil Rights Under Cover of Law”, the third federal statute concerns actions committed by public officials–most often the police–who intend to deprive an individual of his or her constitutional rights.” [Jack Levin and Jack McDevitt] Deaf community is tired of being in silence and had been deprived their own language: American Sign Language, and their constitutional rights.

Please read my previous blog post in 2014:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2014/02/21/why-deaf-people-fear-not-to-report-police-brutality/

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-JT

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