From the story, The Mischievous Dog in Aesop’s Fables, a dog used to run up quietly to the heels of everyone he met, and to bite them without notice. His master suspended a bell about his neck so that the Dog might give notice of his presence wherever he went. Thinking it a mark of distinction, the Dog grew proud of his bell and went tinkling it all over the marketplace. One day an old hound said to him: “Why do you make such an exhibition of yourself? That bell that you carry is not, believe me, any order of merit, but on the contrary a mark of disgrace, a public notice to all men to avoid you as an ill-mannered dog.”
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.
Alexander Graham Bell is becoming notorious with the bell around his neck. An exhibition of hatred. There is a highway called “Highway” 403 in Canada that had been renamed AGBell Parkway in an honorable sense for his “achievements” towards Deaf people is beyond my imagination. “Death is a dignitary who when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him.” by Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owel Creek Bridge, an American fiction about the Civil War. A year before the Civil War was formally done, National Deaf-Mute College (Now Gallaudet University) has built a beacon of higher education for Deaf people. Everywhere Deaf drivers go, they will always encounter with the energy of AGBell. Deaf people was taught to protect themselves away from canals where hatred comes from. Under the bridges.
Brant MPP Dave Levac’s words, “Along with the support of community leaders in Woodstock, Brant, Brantford, Six Nations, Mississaugas of the New Credit, Hamilton, Burlington and Brian Wood from the Bell Homestead, I have been working on this project for some years,” Levac said. “This world-renowned man changed the world. How could we not highlight this man throughout our communities?
The same world-renowned man was attempting to destroy Deaf community by how? Hatred! It was one of his highest highlights through society. The society still practices the same hatred what AGBell had used. It is not a community that mesh with Deaf people today. Why did they make an idea to have for people to vote based on what? It is to question the credibility; the hardest part is that the ignorance still exists.
AGBell enthusiasts are happy to see the hatred continue towards them in many ways. Highways does not tolerate hatred at all. Deaf drivers who had been product of AGBell, does not deserve pain from them—we the Deaf have strength that protects the treasury of our own language and culture, American Sign Language. If anyone wants to drive their cars and trucks over AGBell Parkway, they must go through Deaf ghosts first. The Ministry of Transportation need to apologize and need to respect Deaf people in ASL and Deaf Culture, we are for real!
The highways should not become the interpretation of oppression and its spoken or written English is a strange vocation, generally yet seldom appreciated by the Deaf, undervalued by the public, trivialized by the academic world, and practically ignored by the media, let alone discuss the quality of the understanding of oppression discipline. It is an occupation that many critics are unaware of is impossible at best, a betrayal at worse. Why should Deaf drivers dislike how clearly they are interpreted, then the blame is placed squarely on the shoulder of AGBell bridge who lack enough true awareness in spoken English is a mark of public notice to ignore the fact Deaf people does not deserve hatred for their rest of lives.
As James Snow said that Deaf drivers are the best. It was even published in newspapers. The fact that the Deaf drivers are the best are hard to beat and we all are proud of it! The James Snow Parkway does not tolerate severe oppression like Alexander Graham Bell Parkway would soon to celebrate. Who was wiser? James Snow or Alexander Graham Bell?
Brantford Mayor Chris Friel called the dedication “a tribute to Alexander Graham Bell’s incredible legacy.” So much for notoriety is often mistaken for frame. I guess it is in the order for the Ministry of Transportation to remove AGBell’s name and issue an apology for Deaf community. Acknowledged or not, directly or obliquely, AGBell was a major factor in the life of every Deaf person. Why? It is OK to guess. Yes, you’re getting closer! “Hatred?” Bingo! He continues to spread lies. Hence the word, AGBell Lies.
What is more…. spirits in Deaf community will always increase by the gift of being the best drivers; When the Deaf drivers belongs in a community and identifies with the community, the Deaf driver is increased by the gift, and even Deaf driver itself is increased.
Why not name after Samuel Greene Parkway? Samuel Greene for his highlight of being the first Deaf teacher in Ontario. That would make all the highways easier and be in happy place!
Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier
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