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How Can We Stop Hate Crime in Deaf America?

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“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty”- Thomas Jefferson

The report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism conducted by California State University, San Bernardino had found 22% increase in reported hate crimes in 2016 for ten largest cities in America. That is the new norm in Trump’s America, folks, this is scary. We must stop hate. OK, what about Deaf people? Where is the statistics about Deaf people?

There is something that you did not know about me—back in 2007 when I signed up for Hate Crimes and Bias course as in part of my Sociology degree. The professor required students to conduct original research projects and require no more than 25 pages essay.

My essay, Negative Perceptions of Deaf Individuals in Relation to Knowledge of American Sign Language and won my professor’s heart and attention. The paper became the top essay in the classroom. I was very proud of it. Maybe the best feeling I had ever done. I will share my past blog link below and let you read the blog and understand more.

Link: https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2015/02/15/in-the-name-of-deaf-hate-crime-time-to-stop-silence/

The most proud moment is that the bill passed along with the new hate crime law went into effect on January 1, 2012. It was part of my direct commitment to make sure the law passed. The sad part is that Deaf people in Oregon does not give a shit about it. I made sure that the greater harm of Deaf people comes first.

Unfortunately, the hate crime law does not recognize Deaf people in America—that’s the truth because it was not included either in state and federal hate crime statues. I am telling you that there is plenty of invisible hate crimes and hate incidents targeting Deaf people are not in the news—zero!

The sad part is that hate incidents are actually part of acts that are even protected by the United States Constitution because it is so-called “free speech”—hate speech is not recognized in America. Look at other countries, in Europe; they have laws for hate speech. That is the big problem!

On a given day, people could commit hate crimes against Deaf people in America because of “demographic membership”. It is complicated, folks, it is. Many people do not know that hate crimes are actually form of terrorism.

The act of terrorism starts with Alexander Graham Bell’s ideology. They focus on a motive to make sure “Deaf” is no longer in the dictionary. Is that not a criminal prosecution? Karl White said, “Deaf people do not know what is best for Deaf babies”—that’s an act of terrorism.

It has become a greater harm, folks—and hurts more. Hate hurts. Everyday. Everyday. Everyday. Alexander Graham Bell sends a clear message to America that they are doing everything to push for cultural genocide. I mean, think about it. There are many Deaf survivors that have to deal with deep psychological scars—no funny business!

How will we deal or stop the hate crimes in Deaf America? Deaf children are being bullied every day, Alexander Graham Bell has put the flames of hate, and we need to ask ourselves, our own Deaf people to take a stand and fight against hate and the history of oppression for more than 100+ years.

-JT

Copyright @ 2017 Jason Tozier

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