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Open Letter For AGBell Executive Director

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Dear Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, Executive Director for Alexander Graham Bell Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

The letter you wrote, “A Message From My Heart” is one of the most insulting letter I ever seen. There are thousands of AGBell survivors who lived through the world of pain and your letter shows that Alexander Graham Bell Community takes more ownership of the collective reasoning that that of hatred. Although your letter focus more on hating AGBell survivors, and negates to provide any significant introspection. AGBell survivors has shown their stories which contains contributions from some of the greatest minds, some 25, 30, 40 years later which is very insightful to the readers.

As acknowledged earlier, those 25, 30, 40 years later provide a number of hatred, language bigotry and language deprivation for clarity, understanding, and struggles. From what I have read, you took some time to ruminate and ignored in responding letters and did not have the opportunity, as did the AGBell survivors to the Deaf community today and tomorrow, to truly gain clarity through time and space. They said time heals all wounds. I am not sure whether that is necessarily true, but it certainly helps, in my experience as AGBell survivor, to distance myself from pain prior to truly placing an objective lens on my experiences.

Further, as some of the stories from AGBell survivors pointed out, they did personally experience what you use a quote, “Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.” written by Kofi Annan making it impossible for them to truly relate to events and interactions which they were asked to judge. That is a cheap shot what you wrote—you are no better than ignorance and prejudice that made you the handmaiden of propaganda.

It is difficult to have true objectivity in something, which you have not experienced personally. To ask one to provide insight, or moral guidance, on a matter which they have neither experienced nor could they possibly imagine, is highly presumptuous. With that being said, the time value in distancing one’s judgment rendered will, in my opinion, district their ability to assess the situation with the same acute sentiment as someone who has freshly experienced said conditions.

In sum, your letter was full of hatred, and allowed time to provide reflective judgments from the contributors—and therefore a higher, more conscious level of thought than the reactive nature of your letter with hate, derision, and intolerance.

After all, AGBell survivors like myself will double our impact to fight against AGBell followers that attacks on ASL and the Deaf Community. Shame on you, Mr. Emilio Alonso-Mendoza!

-JT

Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

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