Rohan Smith: Is Silence OK?

If the silence about Racism continues to be ignored and silenced, the moral truth about the Racism is nevertheless healed.

Library of Congress: Critical Info Missing about Dummy Hoy

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Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., —the world’s largest information center, where I go there once in a while to visit and learn, and found an exhibition to visit called, “Baseball Americana” inside Library of Congress, more specifically South Gallery on second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, so I decided to visit the exhibition last September 2018 and found something missing—critical information.

There is no information about William E. “Dummy” Hoy, a professional baseball player who influenced the Baseball America in a positive image. Hoy played professional baseball from 1882 to 1902, where he was part of two Washington, D.C. franchises. Washington Nationals and Washington Senators.

Washington, D.C. is also one of the world’s largest Deaf communities, and it was a huge deal for Deaf community in DC to witness Hoy as the first Deaf baseball player to play. I cannot imagine the joy of Deaf people that time knowing it was history in the making. It will never be replaced. He was the reason why the invention of signals for safe and out calls were very much part of Baseball America. The statistics Hoy created was beyond impressive with records that may not ever broken. Without his name being appear in the exhibition is a great loss for Deaf Americans.

In the literature of Baseball American stories, Dummy Hoy is being shunned and becomes a mysterious motto, which is forever enshrined. Cooperstown in New York where baseball hall of fame is located, Hoy is still shunned from America’s “National Game” legends. Failing research on Hoy supremely suits library of Congress, mother of all libraries. It is also the place where researchers, scholars, and information seekers to study and find the knowledge. Should Hoy be part of Baseball Americana exhibition at Library of Congress? Yes, I believe so.

On the Library of Congress website, Baseball Americana writes about exhibition what it would offer: “Baseball Americana features items from the Library of Congress collections and those of its lending partners to consider the game then and now—as it relates to players, teams, and the communities it creates. Although baseball has stayed true to many of its customs, it has also broken with tradition through the invention, competition, and financial interests that still make it the most played sport in the country.”

‘Broken with tradition through the invention’–It is difficult knowing that Hoy’s name was taken out of picture, and knowing the hearing privileges is really an outward facing ‘forgotten stories’—the line is still blurry and series of denials why Hoy is not recognized.

There is plenty of history information about Dummy Hoy. For example, few movies, like “Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero”, “Silent Natural”, and several books, like “Dummy Hoy: The life, legend, and colorful legacy of the first deaf major-leaguer” cannot be ignored. It brings broad and meaningful engagement, and brings Hoy to the face of public information to be inclusive and generate as much information sharing as possible without descending into lack of information.

Those information connected to those questions, including why it is not being displayed at Library of Congress, the same place, Washington, DC, and the world’s only university for the Deaf, feels invisible again and again. The real work comes once the truth is complete. Giving baseball enthusiasts to know the right information, empowering baseball stories to demand change. It is a winning strategy. It is a path to recognize Hoy’s name to build knowledge. From there, the path of resistance will make all the difference. Baseball Americana is not the same without William E. “Dummy” Hoy.

-JT

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References:

https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/baseball-americana/about-this-exhibition/#explore-the-exhibit

There Is No Deaf Community

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Dear Rachel Dubin,

You had been chosen to represent and protect Alexander Graham Bell organization in all costs, as you said, “There is no deaf community.”

Everyone Deaf is Deaf. It is healthy. It is beautiful. The truth for human existence and happiness.

You are sending a reactionary political climate to minimize the talents of the Deaf community, for one, American Sign Language (ASL) into the most exploited people in our society. It is clearly that you are being colonized.

The Deaf community had been shining their talents long before Alexander Graham Bell moved into Washington, D.C., 1876 and saw the opportunity to practice linguistic hegemony, hatred, and access to disrespect quality education of the Deaf to profit and exploit Deaf citizens in all costs.

The world’s first higher education of the Deaf known as Gallaudet University was founded in D.C. “Deaf Community”—yet, you are carrying the legacy of Alexander Graham Bell to make the Deaf Community as into Dysfunctional Community.

You have no right to say that there is NO DEAF COMMUNITY—What you are feeding is damage-inflicted self-hate.

You have no right to say that there is NO DEAF COMMUNITY—Deaf souls have been deprived from mental, social, linguistic, and physical capabilities.

You have no right to say that there is NO DEAF COMMUNITY—bullying, verbal or written abuse, humiliation, and public shaming.

We must focus on today—and tomorrow—because the ghost of Alexander Graham Bell continues to haunt the Deaf community, dealing with the hatred reaction and threats. “NO DEAF COMMUNITY” is a human threat. ASL is threatened.

You are doing a favor for Alexander Graham Bell organization with personal and social ill plaguing the Deaf community resulting from low self-esteem just like in 1884:

“We should try ourselves to forget that they are deaf. We should try to teach them to forget that they are deaf.”

While ASL and Deaf community does not exist like Dubin claimed, let’s take a look:

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Paulo Freire:

“True generosity lies in striving so that these hands–whether of individuals or entire peoples–need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world.”

ASL and Deaf community are raising self-esteem are less likely to become self-hate as Alexander Graham Bell policies. The Deaf community is the reason they are transforming the world. Rooting for everyone Deaf, sneak up on us in the middle of our ordinary lives, by the time you realize that you are wasting your time at Alexander Graham Bell’s mercy, attempting to destroy the Deaf community of the larger society, and, your message:

“THERE IS NO DEAF COMMUNITY” to an increasing extent, hate attacks have been more defensive, and the process by fearing rejection, befriend the Deaf community, is a life experience that can impact more negative consequence. The Domino Effect: Creating false images in social media.

Most importantly, Deaf community exists. Centuries and centuries. With probing intelligence, scholarly rigor, and humanist concern, the Deaf community continue to be at the forefront of the struggle to bring the voices of past and present users of ASL within distance of the rest of the world. Rooting for everyone Deaf.

Just like understanding of the past of all the Deaf, inside and outside Kendall Green. Our Deaf community is beautiful, the equal of any throughout the world in moral refinement, wherever it goes. The existence of the Deaf community will never recognize as fallen souls. I was once colonized by Alexander Graham Bell.

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-JT

Copyright © 2019 Jason Tozier

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LINK:

https://wamu.org/story/19/11/01/first-d-c-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-bill-presents-watershed-moment-for-advocates/

George Veditz: Gallaudet University Extension Among the Deaf

After doing research at Library of Congress today, I found something interesting to share with the Deaf community what George Veditz shares his concern in this important writing to warn us about the future of higher education at Gallaudet College/University. Happy birthday, Mr. George Veditz!