Since inauguration day, there has been rallies and protests around the world against Trump. It has been crazy weekend in nation’s capital…but wait, it is not over. It’s only beginning. 100 days of resistance will continue to disagree with Trump’s agenda. In fact, the organizers said that they have planned a HUGE Anti-Trump protest again in nation’s capital. The date: April 15th. It was supposed to be really big.
Although there will be a problem because it is the same day Audism Free America (AFA) is going to host ASL/Deaf Pride to celebrate 200th year in honour of America’s first Deaf education. The last two AFA parades in 2013 and 2015–there has been NONE of media supporting the parade. Not even ONE. The media does not understand the value of respect, especially respecting American Sign Language (ASL). Higher learning and teaching ASL has been always challenging.
Hence, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing coordinated everything into a blatant lies told to our general society and setting a bad example by creating enormous falsehoods. How can we describe one way which we feel punished and one way in which we feel we punish? The media in nation’s capital is big deal, they will focus a lot more on Anti-Trump protest that day instead of AFA. Why did media did not show any compassion in 2013 and 2015?
Even April 15th has played important history in Deaf community, American School for the Deaf (ASD) opened its doors in 1817, and it is also the day to celebrate National ASL Day. Again, the media thinks it is not important to learn from Deaf people and ASL should be oppressed was beyond my comprehension. We need to bring new light in the ways of thinking about media reprisals as a part of the language and cultural oppression. You know the saying: Once someone is oppressed, he or she learns to become an oppressor.
Even in 2017, Deaf people are still oppressed into nonexistence–the greatest punishment of all. How will we get respect from the media?
Chuck Baird’s famous work. “Oppression. No More. Finish!”
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