Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.-Desmond Tutu
Lisa A. Goldstein’s article, Nyle DiMarco’s Activism Is Dangerous For The Deaf Community, she is one lost soul—I had been Deaf all my life—like Nyle and Lisa. I was raised into a hearing family and mainstreamed into public schools, and yes, I felt isolated all the time since I step my toes into mainstreaming system and been bullied ever since. The predominant language of this country in mainstreaming system is a classic example of bullying for Deaf students. I became a lost soul before I discovered Deaf community—a massive change in my life. I realized that Deaf community is not about living in silence, it is about humanity. It is one of the most beautiful thing ever happened. Seriously.
Living in silence—a period in which atrocities were committed, at depth, by perpetrators whom the world turned a blind eye towards—until they could no longer. Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) survivors were separated, societal hierarchies dissipated, and demoralization, with the almost certain prospect of death, permeated every fiber of the oppressed.
The author of the article, Ms. Goldstein—need to prepare to review explores and seeks to compare, the individual conception of justice and forgiveness from AGBell survivors, to the collective accounts and rationale, of AGBell survivors and their contemporaries from stories, ranging from Ramsey’s Deaf Children in Public Schools, Ryan and Schuchman’s Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, Lane’s When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf, Breivik’s Deaf Identities in the Making and many more. Those books I am proud to own sitting on my bookshelf. The books heal my life, today and tomorrow by seeking to explore a higher consciousness, and more critically thought-out reasoning, in its responses. That withstanding, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the significant differential in the timing of those books.
This realization, brought by the varying accounts provided in those books, leads me to the conclusion that time can allow for one to resolve one’s animosity and move towards forgiveness. Ms. Goldstein’s statement is all about propaganda is yet another effort by Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to dismantle Deaf community. She asserts that she knows “better than most” about what Deaf people are capable of doing but she clearly indicates in her statement that she is nothing but all talking.
To date, we ignore her hatred towards “our common collective goals”—what are these collective goals what Nyle DiMarco Foundation do? Have Ms. Goldstein taken courses in American Sign Language (ASL) in order to reach them? Nowhere in her statement has indicated one value that ASL is used for instruction of the Deaf as well as promoted by Gallaudet University. Nothing. She fails to exemplify these collective goals as Deaf person. She simply details her denial paragraphs—each paragraph. She destroys her own self as Deaf person. That is called self-hate.
It is difficult enough to have true objectivity in something, which she has not experienced personally. To ask one to provide insight, or moral guidance, on a matter, which she neither experienced nor could possibly imagine, is highly presumptuous. With that being said, the time value in distancing one’s judgment rendered will, in my opinion, misinterpret her ability to assess the situation with the same acute sentiment as Deaf community who has freshly experienced said conditions.
In sum, Ms. Lisa A. Goldstein need a lot of time to provide reflective judgments from what Deaf community has suffered since 1880 Milan Resolution—and therefore a higher, more conscious level of thought than the reactive nature of Deaf community actually experiencing hatred every day. I do not care if I am being called as Deaf culture extremist in full force—the essay Ms. Goldstein has shown her intimidation and manipulation tactics—destroying Deaf community, like I said, permeated every fiber of the oppressed.
After all, she is the one who is living in silence.
Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier
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