Ashley Thorne published an article called Beating the Apple Tree: How the University Coerces Activism and wrote about an Argentinean Marxist Che Guevara quoted, “The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe! You have to make it fall” At the time he was talking about Fidel Castro’s role in the Cuban revolution. Ashley Thorne wrote that it is also that his words are about today’s college campuses and target students that they are the revolutionary apples as well as having the advantage of having higher education.
This blog post attempts to examine and explain social bias toward Deaf individuals. Furthermore how this bias manifests in the form of social bias and Deaf victimization. It is about Alexander Graham Bell. Gallaudet University sent students an e-mail to let them know that the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., gives the students a deal of getting twenty dollars off the purchasing tickets to watch an event called “Bell” about his life sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
From its website, it says ‘one-man play revealing remarkable genius of Alexander Graham Bell’ wrote a short paragraph there that says: “Meet the 19th century man whose inventions shaped the 21st. Alexander Graham Bell is best known as the inventor of the telephone, but there was such more to his charismatic mastermind.”
Let’s see if Bell was a charismatic mastermind by quoting in 1908 where he published a tract in the National Geographic Society (NGS), he shouted loud enough to let the society know that deaf-deaf relations “the marriage of inferiors”.
Five years later, Thomas Gallaudet’s grandson, Dr. J Wallace Beveridge teamed up with Bell to do an article calling for legislation to prohibit reproduction by Deaf people in New York Times newspaper. Gallaudet-Bell relationship remains strong as ever today. It is a bad discount after all. They allowed to have Gallaudet practice Audism, a term coined by Tom Humphries in 1975, explaining that it is a social bias against Deaf individuals in a hearing dominant society has as a “notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or behave in the manner of one who hears.”
There is a considerable lack of research available on the topic of Audism at Gallaudet. Why not Gallaudet recognizes that Audism is a serious issue that deserves examination?
Is Gallaudet afraid to change for the inevitability of truth? It is a trick to fool its students by going there and appreciates Bell’s achievements. I wonder if there is a living will written by Bell that instructs Gallaudet to struck with status quo and to shut up about his secret by stealing Deaf people’s identities away.
Bell’s father-in-law founded the National Geographic Society, and eventually Bell became president of NGS, he knew how to become a socialization agent who controlled Deaf people even in his own death. A socialization agent is about selling propaganda, conspiracy theories and value sets. Today, Gallaudet University supports Bell’s propaganda and his conspiracy theories about Deaf people.
Let’s go back to activism. Students at Gallaudet University need to create a radical social justice group to organize various awareness campaigns, as well as to provide a community for students’ interest in organizing radical social justice activities to stop and minimize Audism, especially at the university.
The word “radical” comes from the word, ‘raddix’ which means ‘from the root’. “Radical” means going to the root and radical social justice attempts to challenge oppression and injustice at the root. That means, instead of organizing around talking points specific to a particular political party, radical social justice attempts to challenge the very institutions that includes Gallaudet University that maintains inequity in our society. Gallaudet University needs to apologize for their actions for selling the tickets to designate and leave many Deaf students to be lacking in their personal identity. The students at Gallaudet need to learn how to be radicalized and to be a revolutionary apple.
Visit National Geographic Society’s website and look for events under Bell.
Copyright © 2013 Jason Tozier
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Reference: Thorne, Ashley. Beating the Apple Tree: How the University Coerces Activism. 4 May 2010. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.