As of March 2nd, 2017–The event: Islamophobia Within Deaf Community held at Gallaudet University, the world’s only academia hub for the Deaf—I refuse to add “Hard of Hearing” for couple of reasons. The stories are important to be seen. All the panelists are storytellers.
“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”- Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings
One of the panelists has shocked the halls of Gallaudet about an ASL interpreter who has committed a flagrant disregard for intersectionality. The panelist has requested for an ASL interpreter to come and interpret for the event when the interpreter asked the panelist what the event is all about. As soon as the interpreter found out, made a nuclear war statement against Muslims, “I do not work for terrorists.”—I repeat, I do not work for terrorists. That behavior is not rational or safe.
The interpreter is a disgrace to the interpreting community and RID (Registry of Interpreters for Deaf). That statement is hate speech. We let you know that we are fighting back with any efforts to stop hate speech.
Interpreters were supposed to be the nation’s officials for Deaf—as I understand that RID-certified interpreters took an oath not to discriminate, the whole discrimination and nothing but the discrimination. Given the fact that the interpreter preached a hate speech, it is clear that the interpreter violated the oath, do you agree or not?
Interpreters work for Deaf have been around for many years before RID was founded in 1964—the interpreters have been living in the world of oppression to heal the Deaf community in any kind of form. Are the interpreters necessary in order to acknowledge the existence of discrimination? Why not? The question calls for a clear answer, it does propose whether there is a hate speech against people of color or Muslim in this matter and we need to challenge hate speech in interpreting community.
The interpreter needs to be terminated—no longer represents RID and Deaf community. RID needs to be become more committed to higher education in support of intellectual freedom, the search for social justice, respect for differences, and a belief in collective responsibility for the welfare of all the Deaf people. We also do not need deficit thinkers.
Saying I will not work for terrorists—that is not an important role to play in public. The interpreter does not set a good example for campus unity and pride by means of intersectionalilty to promote its own propaganda. Hate speech is not acceptable.
Are you with me?
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 5, 2017 FOR PROOF OF VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU0qf3o_1qk
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