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For Your Eyes Only: HATE is Real

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I am talking to you. DEAF to DEAF. You and I have the same identity: DEAF.

HATE—we have been led to believe that it does not exist in our life. Hate produces ignorance, discrimination, and prejudice. We know some Deaf who rejects being DEAF, deny American Sign Language and their signed languages as languages and culture….

Is it time to support DEAF community and stop hate speech? We all know what Audism means. Is it also time to advance our knowledge that hate speech actually exists in our life?

Is America Surdophobia? Gary van Gils, a social worker who lives in Holland and is highly respected as Deaf Studies lecturer, coined it. The term is well-defined academically and it makes sense to me. In the meaning of Surdophobia, “a hostility, intolerance, or fear against Deaf people, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community and that resistance toward the sign languages used. It can consist of a range of negative attitudes toward Deafhood, the idea of Deafpositive and Deaf rights.” 

-JT

Copyright © 2015 Jason Tozier

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2 responses

  1. Alec McFarlane | Reply

    And the Deaf talking to the Deaf is the problem. The second basis is that the term Deaf is discriminatory and exclusive. Spewing crapola about hate is the work of hypocrites when they come from an exclusive and discriminatory position.

    1. And the culture of hate is part of vicious cycle of hate and crime..and speech. It both reflects and affects the growth of discriminatory in Deaf community. Think about that problem first.

      -JT

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