The Land of the Oppressed and Home of the Myths: American Cochlear Implant Alliance

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So, American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI) is trying to offer breakfast all day like McDonald’s deal. The word of the day: American. What is American? Remember, Patrick Henry declares, “Give me liberty or give me death!” 240 years ago. Being American is hard enough for Deaf people when they are supposed to receive liberty 365 days a year. And they should. American Sign Language is an alliance and…liberty.

There is an important agenda by the same paper that was signed in America: the Bill of Rights by these founding fathers with ‘death’ stare and gives Deaf people liberty without consequences. The hardest thing to see this, the same America we are living in today is making Deaf people suffer at the highest price—why? That includes consequences.

There is an important way to analyze a community, breaks it into different parts, is to use the crucial ‘dimension.’ We use “dimension” because there are analytical categories, made by us human beings, rather than being based observable parts (like the part of the body: hearing).

In one of the training module, sharing myths by ACI, you will see the crucial dimension (plus geography and demography) can be used as organizing categories for you to research, observe, and understand the community where you intend to work.

In sociology, an object has one dimension, such as ‘hearing’ if you include time. No matter how hearing or in what you can cut up that object, each piece will still have the entire dimension to get rid of Deaf culture. So, like a sociocultural entity, like a community. No matter how small or in what ways you cut up a piece of Deaf culture, it will always have one dimension.

ACI is too obsessed with sound-oriented stuff. It is evident enough that the ACI continues to carry social disease around. Enough of myth. Maybe it is time to give the folks the pink slip and go back to school to educate themselves where ignorance is bliss. Alliance? Hmph. They have no right to make decisions when they lack of knowledge results in happiness. It is really none of their business.

Why is the political motivation behind this? Remember 1989. The Death Ages. Forget Liberty. They target parents’ vulnerability.

America is home of o’er the land of the free and home of the brave. Does the folks at ACI have the right to take their land of free away? It is not cool to make them vulnerable. Maybe it is brave to write this. American Cochlear Implant Alliance: The Land of the Oppressed and Home of the Myths is hosting a conference held in Washington, D.C. for three days this week. Join the protest and share stories.

-JT

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DEAF PROTEST 2015: Follow President Abraham Lincoln’s Example

quote-it-is-a-sin-to-be-silent-when-it-is-your-duty-to-protest-abraham-lincoln-112-47-72President Abraham Lincoln, the first Patron of Gallaudet University said, “it is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest” is what a perfect example what it should be really about Deaf protest 2015 held on September 5th and 6th, 2015 in the nation’s capital: Washington, D.C;

I live in Deaf community. My front yard and back yard is full of ignorant, oblivious oppressors like you. And by battling oppressive systems, do you notice that Deaf people are trying to “clean up” the Deaf community, because this destruction to our people was not our own doing. So where is the responsibility when the Bill of Rights FAIL to teach Deaf people social and moral values?

Lincoln would love to see Deaf people protest and shall not be SILENT—and it is not a SIN at all! Deaf people shall receive better employment benefits, and most importantly, pursuit of happiness. It is your choice—take the high road or leave it there.

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-JT

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The Questioning of ‘Safe Haven’ in Classrooms

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Every time I see David Call’s artworks–and gives me a lot of ideas to write!

As alumni for Gallaudet University and a scholar recipient for a graduate program in Deaf Studies, every vote counts. It is the key idea in the Deaf community we live in America, a belief that is easily forgotten about ourselves. The sizable chunk of the electorate does not put the vote in the ballot to heal Deaf citizens with prescriptions every day. That is the power, regardless of the wishes of the voters as a whole.

Like I wrote in my previous blog,

“the Deaf (with capital d) is an archetype within the conscious of all the Deaf that contains our awareness of being Deaf. It is the psychological component that we still think and react to our society like Deaf people, and it is the same component that we are fully aware that the society continues to keep from being able to embrace American Sign Language (ASL).

Of all the betrayals that we the Deaf suffer, perhaps the most poignant of all is the betrayal of ourselves. No example of this is more striking than we remain committed to our being Deaf, that archetypical force which will hinder us from becoming fully empowered users of ASL.

To better understand why we the Deaf betray ourselves, let me present the common patterns of this archetype found within the Deaf community. These patterns include behaviors, perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes of the Deaf. This exploration is intended to help us identify how this archetype force is still in control, and to understand how the Deaf adversely affects our daily lives. They keep us struck, disempowered, and isolated.”  @ Jason “JT” Tozier, 2015

This force can be incredibly powerful, such as depicted by the biblical story in which a word make a Deaf man hear: EPHPHATHA. Gallaudet University has this Christian word in its official seal. The idea is that it “contacts” the Almighty. Very powerful, indeed! It is very discriminating! I, myself, could never associate myself with this word in the university seal.

In 1971, Frederick Schreiber, an executive director for National Association of the Deaf (NAD) coined ‘Deaf Studies’ in his quote, If Deaf people are to get ahead in our time, they must have a better image of themselves and their capabilities. They need concrete examples of what Deaf people have already done so they can project for themselves a brighter future. If we can have Black studies, Jewish studies, why not Deaf studies?” (Note: Quoted in Charles Katz, “A Partial History of Deaf Studies, in Deaf Studies VI Conference Proceedings: Making the Connection (Washington, D.C.; College for Continuing Education, Gallaudet University, 1999. 120.

National Deaf-Mute College was founded in 1864—known as Gallaudet University today. Exactly 130 years later, Deaf Studies program switched the lights on and invited students in to study and research. That was when I was a senior in high school when it was founded. However, there was resistance involved with the idea of the program, “This is partially due to the fact that Deaf Studies was already taught across the curriculum at Gallaudet University and partially due to resistance within Gallaudet University, for fear that such a program would foment resistance and activism. In any event, the solidification of a department was an important moment in the field’s history, as was the formation of its graduate program in 2002” (the undergraduate program was founded by Dr. Yerker Andersson and the graduate program by Drs. Ben Bahan, MJ Bienvenu and H-Dirksen Bauman)

I am perpetually honored and humbled to serve as the only hearing member of the Deaf Studies program at the world’s only liberal arts university for Deaf and hard-of hearing students.” H-Dirksen Bauman

That is where the danger begins. That is a big hearing privilege.

Four years after the coinage of ‘Deaf Studies’, Tom Humphries coined the term, Audism, based on the Latin audire, meaning, “to hear”. In his original article, Humphries defined Audism as “the notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or behave in the manner of one who hears”–Tom Humphries, Audism: The Making of a Word, unpublished, 1975.

Words have such power that they can bring respect or they can bring disrespect, as is shown by current Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) president, Alyce Slater Reynolds and its association/board. They have had nothing to protest the word, EPHPHATHA today. They had alienated Deaf people, and their words could never help us to concentrate on our own nature. Their words are associated with the charging of ongoing oppression.

There is another crucial point to make about words, which we do not wish to talk about. However, we need to talk about our nature. What is wrong with it?

Paddy Ladd writes a powerful chapter, Colonialism and Resistance: A Brief History of Deafhood—-that questions why EPHPHATHA is not being discussed in Deaf Studies, We now face the challenge of bringing about the second phase, to search for more explicit Deaf epistemologies and ontologies that can frame these developments in a more holistic way, so that Deaf Studies can become a more conscious model for Deaf-centered praxis

That is exactly why EPHPHATHA should be more conscious model to discuss in classrooms—and one of the reasons we may find nature of the Deaf hard to believe in—even when it has been demonstrated to us—is that we have lost our connection to nature. The lack of action from GUAA would be unlikely to hold true for most Deaf people today, for the way we think of nature has changed.

Flash: Bauman, the only hearing member writes in his own words, “Even within the field of Deaf Studies, perspectives of Deaf people are often not valued. Many programs call themselves Deaf Studies but are actually based on an audiological model…”

EPHPHATHA is an audiologically model that will not allow to discuss in classrooms or you get in trouble. Bauman has the power as a department chair that will not allow discussions about this at all. You know what will happen next? TROUBLE. For example, in 1972, there was a tragic day in my motherland, Ireland, dealt with ‘Bloody Sunday’ and within a year before; ‘Deaf Studies’ was created.

‘Bloody Sunday’ was a national tragic day for Ireland. British soldiers shot 26 unharmed Irish people during a protest march. The same idea that ‘Deaf Studies’ applies to oppression, hegemony, language racism, and language bigotry what was going on in Ireland.

A better course for Deaf Studies would be to examine the situation in identity politics now, learn from the past, think about the beyond-identity issues floating in the public sphere, come up with flexible and nonhierarchical models of being, and lead the way out of the dead end of identity thinking”Lennard Davis

13 yeas later after the graduate program was created, Bauman is in charge today. Think about it. Remember, resistance and activism.

Yet, Bauman writes, From Desloges to Veditz to the formation of Deaf Studies, Deaf people have been defending the right to use sign language, the right to intermarry, and the right not to be subjected to medical and religious cures, the right simply to be left alone…while Deaf Studies has proven the existence of Deaf Culture, the cultural argument is often not enough to convince hearing doctors and parents to cease their endless search for a cure.”

Why should society want to keep and promote Deaf people? What good are Deaf people to society? What good are Deaf children to a family? These difficult questions must now be explored if the Deaf world is to continue in the face of biopower institutions intent on the eradication of the Deaf community.”

As Gallaudet alumni, nature is considered part of the family. I recognize that every alumnus and alumni, they do not talk about it to hearing people, they do have their own guiding spirit. Isn’t that part of our nature of being Deaf?

In terms of language, let’s start by defining EPHPHATHA. The English language has a very strange inference of curing ears, and the speakers of English assume from their own inference that being Deaf is pathological. The English language dictionary defines EPHPHATHA: the Greek form of a Syro-Chaldaic or Aramaic word, meaning “Be opened,” uttered by Christ when healing the man who was deaf and dumb (Mark 7:34). It is one of the characteristics of Mark that he uses the very Aramaic words which fell from our Lord’s lips. (See 3:17; 5:41; 7:11; 14:36; 15:34.)

Once again, Bauman writes, “How would the world be affected negatively by the loss of Deaf communities?” The speakers of English are very comfortable applying the word at Gallaudet University. It is a loss that affects Deaf community. Why not Bauman enforce and allow EPHPHATHA in the classrooms to be part of academic discussion? Remember Bloody Sunday 1972.

After all, EPHPHATHA is a Bloody Sunday.

-JT

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“Ephphatha.” Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary. 13 Mar. 2015. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ephphatha>.

Turn the Lights On!

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One of my favorite quotes I often use for a good debate with people, “A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room is looking for a black cat which is not there” by Charles Darwin. This quote is exactly the same sentiment what David Call’s “I can hear! I can sing!” is all about. The fat cats in the drawing show a strong message between science and nature. Science is about arranging Deaf ears and nature is about a biological fact that is very healthy: Deaf. Darwin’s work was very highly respectable in science world leading that evolution would change everything even for Deaf babies with cochlear implants (CI).

In CI, there is frequently a connection between the signal and the noise, be it the message or the sound of violin, and the system is a battery-operated and it is not a natural at all. Creativity, the ability to produce novel expressions through music is very much absent in CI users that do not depend on displacement, duality, and cultural transmission.

David Call’s message shows a mental entity in which a world seems perfect, comparing to this present world. The drawing was so powerful that it is time to confront the many challenges it faces in both ASL and sound-oriented principles even at Gallaudet University. The concern is that it has been compounded by the failure exhibited by the current university administration to understand the nature of dangers and the integrity of critical thinking—it is gone.

CI industries are aggravated by the excessive influence of an audistic doctrine—the BIG MONEY. They do not care if the CI are artificial and man-made promoting for awareness, not acquisition, therefore the person David Call drew also shows that it is an individualistic as playing piano, trombone, flute, violin or any musical instruments. There is NO guarantee to the benefit of them at all.

There is a large marine mammal known as manatees (sea cows) that they possess vocal chords which give them the ability to speak like humans, but do not do so because they have no ears with which to hear the sound. Give manatees CI!

They fail to do their professional research and deliberation; they voted on a resolution to set up CI center on the campus at Gallaudet University to give CI users the more power. They marginalize DEAF people down. The big money flowing through CI industries are making a dangerous commitment to exclusive and academic use of CI, a commitment to intellectual excellence and responsiveness in CI, and a commitment to scholarly and creative work and research in CI at Gallaudet University that practices the speculative nature of knowledge: Darwinism.

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When the society oppresses Deaf people and children under great pressure to get CI, they are treated like manatees. Darwin would be very happy! If you want to know more information, read his famous work, Origins of Species published in 1859, and also, read a book written by Douglas C. Baynton, Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign against Sign Language in a chapter called Savages and Deaf Mutes: Species and Race. 

The channels: 22. A BIG FRAUD. Charles Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton, the father of Eugenics. Easy to figure it out. Turn the lights on!

-JT

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EPHPHATHA Revisited to Revise

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EPHPHATHA is essentially unfinished and incomplete, but it begun from the premise that Deaf people suffer from a deep-seated Audism and need to recognize American Sign Language (ASL) be respected for more just a diversity than one we now celebrate. However, Gallaudet University had been a training ground for language belittlement and bigotry, language hegemony and humiliation, even language alienation and atrocity—and it keeps bringing out the misery out of Deaf people for many generations since and to come.

Dealing with the issues of language and cultural oppression dealing with ASL and Deaf people is possibly the most complicated problem of all on the face of earth, and we need to start an activism to challenge the materialism that hinders ASL by making the Deaf hear. We need to build more vehicles for social change and get rid of EPHPHATHA off Gallaudet property.

EPHPHATHA is the term of language bigotry that is much more than an unfortunate chapter in our Deaf history. It is part of many mechanisms of oppression and aversion in Deaf community. Gallaudet should be about cultural and social life of Deaf people. Why not? Deaf people are always in a danger of being defined in another language, that is, a spoken/written language and by attempting to unlock their ears. EPHPHATHA itself is part of biblical literature–both the mythical and historical literature and personal observations and it is important to know this.

Every society has enslaved people. As Karl Marx (1818-1883) pointed out, without slavery, we would all still be living in caves. Now, Audism at Gallaudet created surplus value, created journals and gave Deaf people progress. If Gallaudet kept the EPHPHATHA term, why are Deaf people paying their education? Gallaudet should provide free education to all Deaf people. Administration knows that it is illegal to have the term glued to the seal and their gnashing of teeth, wringing of their hands only cares about million of dollars and untold political power in Gallaudet community. This is about battle of Audism and we need to drive audistic wedges out of the term. It is at best, none of civil equality recognizes at Gallaudet.

Gallaudet University’s culture with the hidden term, EPHPHATHA actually colonizes Deaf minds and instructs them how to act, live, and behave like hearing-minded people. There is no way that Deaf people should be treated as uneducated, underemployed, and underestimated if they do not follow the term to open their ears. Why does Gallaudet silence Deaf people for what purpose? We have to get ready to fight this hidden term and begin heal from the wounds of Audism. It is definitely a threat to Deaf body and mind. It is like an expensive “cocktail therapy” that is not readily or cheaply available. The purpose of not providing all the facts to Deaf people that has drawn attention away from inequality and equalization between Deaf people and Gallaudet.

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence”-Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

-JT

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Radicalism at Gallaudet: Big Questions to Ask

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First and foremost, I think it is important to know where I was before I came to Gallaudet University. I moved to District of Columbia from Oregon where it is well known for radical students who meet almost every night during weekdays to talk about various social injustices.

I attended many meetings, often to pick up the handouts and took a great course called Revolution and Radical Social Change where I learned Landauer’s For Socialism, Day’s Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements, and Holloway’s Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today, they were never secretive and, in fact, encouraged by the faculty.

When I first came to Gallaudet University, I soon discovered it to be closed, secretive, and almost obsessed with the status quo. Having lived in the neighborhood of Gallaudet University for almost one year before I was admitted in the graduate school, I had never, ever heard of a group of radical students on campus. Why are they silent or quiet about themselves?  Are they selective–who’s who?  Are they transparent about their fight? To be honest, I do not know. All I was told was that I did not understand the Gallaudet mentality.

Plantation mentality? Are Deaf people who moved upstairs in the administrative hierarchy at Gallaudet University like proverbial pigs in George Orwell’s Animal Farm that become like human beings to oppress other farm animals?

If you are really radical, then ask why you are a closet one?  Have you reached “two roads diverged” where you shall pick a road less traveled to make all the difference? Do you just want me to be a conformist who supplement the status quo, not to rock the ship? Does higher learning generate activism?

Do I really need to shut up so that you are safe? Is that democratic? I have yet to learn about your leadership.

In my younger life, I regret that I did not stand up and later discovered that radicalism has changed the truth in my life. It is amazing how much radicalism has so many hardships that Deaf people has suffered all these years. Time to find the legacy to stop.

All in all, if we are rebellious, we are very much alive. Gallaudet University is where we need to be activistic and rebellious! I am not putting down any of the students, but I simply resist those who choose to cop out on themselves. We are the meaning-makers and we want to make a change. President John F. Kennedy once said: “Change is the law of life.”  Ask then what the nature of Deaf life is? Let Gallaudet University serve the world with this type of knowledge about Deaf people and their language and culture, American Sign Language (ASL)–Change on!

-JT

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