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Apologies for any evening ruined, did you know that Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) became the biggest political contributor to develop a secret patent to demonize Deaf people? As I write, the post of AGBell’s bones unfurled before me and stretched since his death appears in the same year, 1922 when Ireland signed a treaty to an agreement about peace and created a national flag, and it has revealed itself to be more than writing. His death in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, a small island in Eastern Canada, has sparked the finest educational oppression establishments in America and its neighbor, Canada to make so sure that Deaf people are forgotten.
AGBell do not want you to know about his other hobby. I have written it because I believe the truth is necessary to stop his hate practices towards Deaf people today. He was deeply troubled for writing Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race in 1883 and had profoundly caused serious problems with human dignity, mortality, adherence to ethnical standards, and professionalism.
In that infamous speech in 1883, when AGBell found a way to destroy the life of Deaf people into the land of America, his theories had been riddled with problems.
Let’s follow with history what happened today on August 11th almost 140 year ago. “In 1877, the two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos.” (link: http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/aug11.htm)
Asaph Hall was father for one of the last babies for Percival Hall who later become president of Gallaudet University. Percival was an important figure in Gallaudet’s moons; he knew that the moons were taught to protect Deaf people for its exceptional education—especially at Gallaudet University. “Phobos is named after the Greek god, Phobos, a son of Ares (Mars) and Aphrodite (Venus) which was the personification of Horror.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos_(moon)]
The personification of Horror reminds me of AGBell whose its soul appearing on Mother Earth into darkness of his words, “the idea they [deaf people] are dangerous, morose, ill-tempered…he is sometimes looked upon as a sort of monstrosity, to be stared at and avoided” [Bell, Memoir, 43.] meets the twin brother of Phobos: Deimos.
In a definition about Deimos, “In Greek, Deimos was the twin brother of Phobos and personified terror. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deimos_(moon)] The personification of Terror. AGBell terrorize Deaf community by greatest language bigotry possible and tricked them well for the last 100 years+ making him the world’s worse terrorist ever. The same year, Asaph discovered those moons, “Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated how to call long-distance by calling The Boston Globe.” in 1877.[http://www.poynter.org/2015/today-in-media-history-in-1877-alexander-graham-bell-made-the-first-long-distance-phone-call-to-the-boston-globe/319227/] a first long distance call.
I wonder if there are any one who worked for Boston Globe had personal connections with AGBell that time and helped spread lies about Deaf people in Bostonian newspaper for political favors.
As In this American society, it is time to be aware of his proclivities. The silence in Deaf community has been a tradition for so long that needs to be broken at all costs. Hate crimes is here to stop and would need your help as part of community accountability. Is hate crimes driving Deaf community apart? Why or why not?
These days, Deaf community struggle to each other a lot with their hands—mashing out over 136 years ago from infamous 1880 Milan Resolution. Are Hate crimes not the first human oppression blamed for ruining personal discourse and common courtesy among Deaf people today? A British newspaper, Chambers’s Journal quoted in 1899, “It does not improve the temper, and it engenders a feverishness in the ordinary concerns of life which does not make for domestic happiness and comfort.”
Is it time for Gallaudet University to tell Alexander Graham Bell Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing to move away from Deaf people ——very long distance call…..leave them and let them heal from educational oppression they had endured. The moons are our shadows and we are no longer known as ‘long distance call’ to AGBell’s headquarters anymore. Lies, enough, lies.
With the discovery of Phobos and Deimos, words have such power that they can bring respect or they can bring disrespect, as is shown by AGBell that has referred himself as a terrorist and had alienated Deaf people, and his words could never help us concentrate on our own nature. His words are associated with the charging of ongoing oppression.
This is another crucial point to make about words, which we do not wish to talk about? However, we need to talk about our nature of being Deaf. What is wrong with that? One of the reasons we need to focus our nature of being Deaf and believe in—even when it has been demonstrated to us—is that AGBell made it happen by losing our connection to the nature of being Deaf. The words of AGBell’s expressed enough hate, would be unlikely to hold true for most Deaf people today, even at Gallaudet University, for the way we think of nature has changed.
After reading the book, In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History 1780-1970 by co-editors, Brian H. Greenwald and Joseph J. Murray, I decided to share my thoughts what I had read one of the chapters that caught my eyes, Revisiting Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race: Alexander Graham Bell and Deaf Autonomy by its own editor and an author, Brian H. Greenwald. I respectfully disagreed with his views that AGBell was a good man with strong morals and a “life savior” for Deaf community.
This post is dedicated to Mr. Greenwald and remind him to revisit the growing pains what AGBell actually left Deaf people intellectually alone for the rest of their lives. Did AGBell deserve as an icon the way he cared about Deaf community? Perhaps, it is time to think of nature as the state of being Deaf as something outside and separate from AGBell’s lies. With AGBell’s hearing tests, his practices are not conductive to understand Deaf people’s pursuit of happiness.
The moons, any word that is connected to it should be Greek. Thank you, Phobos and Deimos, to understand who AGBell is really about. We will carry on and be strong to remember our state of being Deaf and no more to be living in horror under the terrorist, AGBell— celebrate Phobos and Deimos’s birthday behind our eyes and our mind, ASL seems dreams of other—Deaf and no longer lost people!
AGBell—a secret society established with intention of slaying ASL is not welcomed anymore. We grow in size, strength, political clout, and wealth of ASL and……overcome hate. The burning question, what are the Deaf community perceptions of the climate and the motivations that facilitate hate crimes?
The book was worth reading and I encourage you to buy and read. Any moon is in our own eyes and reading is in our own hands.
Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier
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