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Did AGBell Take the Possession of Deaf Community Out of Lincoln’s Words?

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Fighting hate. Teaching tolerance. Seeking justice. All those years I’ve read books about Abraham Lincoln. I visited Lincoln Memorial many times. I visited Lincoln’s summer retreat. I’ve visited Ford Theatre. I’ve visited Petersen House. The only place I did not get to visit Springfield, Illinois, the birthplace of Lincoln. Not yet.

Few days ago, I just completed reading a book about Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the great debate between them. Douglass was Lincoln’s personal adviser that Lincoln himself had the biggest change of heart all because of Douglass. Thanks, Douglass!

First, I would like to talk a little more about Alexander Graham Bell. He was a professional thief. He stole the phone idea. He stole written lines from influential people, for example, stealing the line from Helen Keller. Look between Keller and Bell’s lines. Disclaimer: Keller said it first WAY before Bell claimed it was his. So easy to see this!

Keller’s line: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

Bell’s line: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

So obvious!

He stole Deaf people’s life. How? Did AGBell copy the idea from Lincoln’s 1858 quote? Let’s take a serious look at those similar speeches between Lincoln’s 1858 hate speech and AGBell’s 1883 hate speech. First, let’s take a look at AGBell’s hate-filled words first:

Those who believe as I do, that the production of a defective race of human beings would be a great calamity to the world, will examine carefully the causes that lead to the intermarriages of the deaf with the object of applying a remedy.”

I must warn you this that the quote by Lincoln you are about to read will be graphic that may make your skin crawl. This quote was the most racist and hate language you would see anywhere from Lincoln [seriously!] and I was very surprised what I read with my own eyes. I was in total disbelief. Lincoln’s words:

I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races—that I am nor ever have been in favor in

making voters or jurors of negroes, or of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”—Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President.

Yes, yes, yes, Lincoln really said that! Were you surprised? Admit it.

Source: Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858. [The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-145]

I am sure that Lincoln may be very much regretted to say this. Few years later, Lincoln toured several Civil Wars, he saw the great pain in Black soldiers who were severely injured, killed, became whether North nor South soldiers became Deaf and the hollow ground that fights for democracy. Stories became Lincoln’s stories. I am also sure that Frederick Douglass who stood strong and believed that Lincoln would have the change of heart after realizing that being a racist is not the pivotal answer and he knew that hate do not win at all costs.

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Douglass saw a great potential in Lincoln who took the greatest power to overthrow hate. That took a REAL MAN to stop being racist and believed in equality. You do not see that like that often. That is why Lincoln supported the idea of 13th Amendment—and abolishes slavery for good all because of the mistake he said in 1858. It shows that Lincoln believes in returning the favor out of love. That’s really big! Love trumps hate. (Tsk. Tsk. Wonder who it reminds me of?)

AGBell loved Lincoln’s racist idea to make him fame and infamous and saved for the best to attack Deaf community. Did you ever wonder that AGBell may get the idea from Lincoln? Just sharing thoughts on this.

AGBell did not own up and apologize and show that it is important to continue practice hate against Deaf people. Did you ever wonder why there is not a single photograph of AGBell and a Black Deaf person together in same photo? Was AGBell a hardcore Racist? That is exactly why AGBell believes in continuing slavery. Same way. Again, hate does not win. Lincoln was honest about his mistake. AGBell will never admit his mistake. Can Racists become better people in the future? Who was better person? What about Audists?

We need to fight hate against AGBell. We need to teach tolerance against AGBell. We need to seek justice against AGBell. Every inch of human cost. The bottom line is that Lincoln overthrew Racism. AGBell did not overthrow Audism because he was at the level of false hope. That’s where it went the wrong way. Oops.

Whenever you visit Cap City for the first time or visit the city again, be sure to visit Tower of Books. Since Lincoln’s death in 1865, about 100 books every year has written about President Lincoln, the most popular president in American history. That’s over 15,000 books already written about Lincoln. If you want to see the Tower of Books, you need to visit Petersen House first before see it. Let’s write 15,000 books about how AGBell fucked Deaf community up.

 

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-JT

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The Term of ‘Hard of Hearing’ is a Power Struggle

Open Your Eyes: The Gleam of Light in ASL/Deaf Studies

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ASL/Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University is the most controversial program anywhere, maybe in the world— inside Sorenson Language Communications Center (SLCC) is incredible—filled with political assistance along with favoritism and hate-mongers. ASL/Deaf Studies has been dominated by a hearing person—known as the most vicious writer in the program that will easily write you off like you do not exist at all and made Deaf students their anguish all too private, too invisible: Let ASL/Deaf Studies use this influence to shape private awareness, diverting the impact of their ignominy to a higher purpose. This is how ASL/Deaf Studies is today—by forcing the realization that the oppression has been hidden for its own good. They made sure that it is invisible eye.

Recently, there have been two instructors and an assistant professor; all of them are Deaf that has left the program this summer. One is well known, his wife is an administrator—and is very good friends with the Provost. The well-known assistant professor has been asked to leave the program, bypassing the channels through his wife as Dean for Deaf Studies—and had been recommended a full report by the hearing chair of ASL/Deaf Studies to have the assistant professor be wiped off the radar. It shows that it is all about generational oppression by hearing people still continues.

Deaf people—in the eyes of hearing people like the Chair of the program would be executed on the first hand. The chair has the power. Why? Hearing privileges. The ignorance, hate, and lynch mob mentality sickens me. Now that is rich, you have no concept of what Deaf people have been through—everything they say can be easily backed up—but they’re ignored. Would you rather live in your own little world where facts are not relevant? Don’t you care about Deaf people enough to want to know the truth?

Walking inside ASL/Deaf Studies is a complete and utter political perpetrated on the citizens of Deaf people by hearing privileges, anti-facts, hot-air windbags a.k.a. the hearing supremacy. The more you know about ASL/Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University, the more you understand the true meaning of oppression for personal gain at the expense of providing the academic discourses where Deaf people are easily oppressed today and tomorrow.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.–Khalil Gibran

Deaf people at the hands of the hearing privileges will always bear a vertical scar on their wrist, mottled. Deaf people has been going through a lot making a bit of difference in someone else’s life, then just maybe they could make some kind of difference in your life and if you are indifferent to it all, then do not waste your time because you are already oppressed. No close calls, but Deaf people are stronger than hearing people—always will be! They stay awake until that has passed and will always go on. It is all about political struggles Deaf people suffer today and tomorrow.

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-JT

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David Call’s Ghost: How Call Created his Deaf Art in His Own Image

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There are many inherent differences and similarities between the artwork of David Call’s, however I found that Call has to be to be very influenced by Deafhood period. Using different stylistic, and artsy techniques yet still adhering to a rather flattened result and a focus on figures, David Call made this specific mark in the transitional time shifting to Deafhood theme.

Call’s artworks is one of the powerful “alter pieces” dedicated to the lad who invented Deafhood. The same word that has been heavily influenced Call to find the golden age of Deaf stories. His artworks are considered to be one of the greatest graphic representations of Deafhood in any neither form nor shape. His artworks are heavily discussed with an ingenious, transitional “bridge” from a flatter style of art to more full-bodied, richly textured Deaf art. Pointing out Call’s tendencies toward Deafhood thinking, I would like to use one of my favorite quotes of all time, “A blind man in a dark room is looking for a black cat which is not there”-Lord Byron. Call saw the deep thinking in those stories that needs to be seen through Deaf art.

His artworks I would like to put away that he wanted to have those stories to be thoughtful and rejoicing in the gift of the Deafhood stories. His artworks are most noticeable in his ability to realistically render the human form; Call utilized a flat style typical of the Deafhood era, and Call demonstrated a higher knowledge of form and dimension.

The next point of comparison worth discussion is the nature of the composition; how the arrangement of figures and objects, and graphic sense of space were utilized comparatively by Call. For example, Submission has a series of three levels, which, due to flatness of the sense of space, appear to be like bookshelves on which rest miniature scenes. The center of the composition of his artworks in Submission whom looms magnificently over the tiny figures and is flanked by hovering audists, and the light of Deaf Metamorphosis also draws the viewer’s eye to the center of the painting, where the Deaf Metamorphosis holds one hand up in a powerful gesture, and in the other cradles, presumably, Deafhood somewhere in there.

It is very obvious that Call planned this dramatic, horizontal composition beforehand, and probably mapped exactly where to put all of the smaller figures in the composition in relation to the all-important central figure. While all of these artworks he created an image that is strong in dimensionality, there is still plenty of intrigue to be found within his artworks, such as the mystical overlapping wing design to the upper left of Deaf Metamorphosis and the multiple scenes to the right and left of Submission which depict various interactions.

Call had a clear idea of relationships of objects, perspective, some foreshortening techniques, the value scale, and dimension of Deaf space. The faces, bodies, and limbs of the two figures I mentioned above reveal detailed shading and correcting anatomy, and also suggest a real study of Deaf people for the principle of Call’s artworks and it seems to work visually on his own respective levels, Call’s version seem to be more simplified with minimal figures, and more captivating with its use of delicate shading, and perceptive sense of Deaf space. There was probably many factors contributing to these differences between his artworks, some of which might been influence of mentors and apprenticeships on and by the artist themselves, and the concept of an ever-increasing faculty for the sciences, mathematics, and visual perception. One thing can be said that David Call, his work had a profound influence on much of Deaf art that came after them. Keep up the good work!

Please visit David Call’s website: http://www.eyehandstudio.com

-JT

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