I recognized that today Deaf children are dealing with an insuperable amount of oppression everyday and why they are struck with Starkey Hearing Foundation.
It is more important than ever to stick together and to continue to push for change, not to let the fog of politics make Deaf children jaded and cynical over the very real issues of hearing-controlled system that exist in Deaf world. ASL is the answer!
From Paulo Freiere’s quotes below:
“The oppressed must see examples of the vulnerability of the oppressor so that a contrary conviction can begin to grow with them”
“The oppressors do not see their monopoly on “having more” as a privilege which dehumanizes others and themselves”
“It would be a contradiction in terms if the oppressors not only defended but actually implemented a liberating education”
“To deny the importance of subjectivity in the process of transforming the world and history is naive and simplistic”
“[the oppressed] are at one and the same time themselves and the oppressor whose consciousness they have internalized”
“One of the basic elements of the relationship between oppressor and oppressed is prescription”
“To have the continued opportunity to express their “generosity”, the oppressors must perpetuate injustice as well”
“Any attempt to “soften” the power of the oppressor…..almost always manifests itself in the form of false generosity”
“Being less human leads the oppressed to struggle against those who made them so”
“For this struggle to have meaning, the oppressed must not….become in turn oppressors of the oppressors”
“The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom”
When JT became Deaf, he had to suffer a lot of language aversion where IEPs (Individual Education Plan) by audiologists, speech therapists, and teachers told his family that JT would likely never be succeed in college and unable to tie his shoe laces. But they were sorely, extraordinarily mistaken.
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