Every year, on Saint Patrick’s Day, my grandparents would watch their favorite movie, 1952 “The Quiet Man” because Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne were their favorite actress and actor. Plus, it was filmed in Ireland. As they say, “Erin Go Bragh!” [Ireland forever]
Then I learned later that John’s name was not his birth name. He was born as Duke Morrison. I also learned that he was hungry for supremacy. That does not fit Hollywood’s image. I learned that the other night about a year ago that it has happened in California, a Republican congressman was attempting to make a special honor called “John Wayne Day” held in May and the Democrats came out protesting strongly against the idea. The bill failed because they hold zero tolerance policy against Racism and hate. That is what we all should do the same thing. How do we feel about white supremacy?
When you see an image below, John Wayne actually said that in 1971 Playboy magazine interview below. University of Virginia wrote about John Wayne, “Wayne has grossed more than $400 million for his studios–more than any other star in motion-picture history. But because of his uncompromising squareness–and his archconservative politics–he was still largely a profit without honor in Hollywood.”
Now, can we do something about Audism and hate? What about those hearing actresses and actors who are pretending to be Deaf in the big picture front of Deaf eyes? Why are Deaf people rejected as an aspiration to a world in which all forms of inequality and dehumanization among ourselves that allows a society to oppress Deaf people who have plenty of talent out there?
Some people would say that a degree of “diversity” is a wonderful thing, but within certain demographics it has continue to practice the old, dirty politics, and there are plenty of people in this or that minority culture for whom the old-fashioned non-cultural politics is more relevant. For most people of any group, including the minority groups, the specifically diversity issues are actually a small proportion of the actually important yet invisible issues affecting Deaf people anywhere.
Should Audism be “extinct” in Deaf community, in the sense that the public eye of Alexander Graham Bell is quite welcoming to anyone Deaf. This is not always true. Struggle with sign languages everywhere, communication and personal appearance exists in the term subtle diversity in the society. In Canada, more specifically, Nova Scotia “NS” in ASL— 12 years ago in the legislative Act of 2005, the honor created “Alexander Graham Bell Day” where they celebrate his achievements on March 7th every year ever since and it has became a personal insult for the Deaf community.
While the only Alexander Graham Bell Day in the world, Canada is the front runner and they should get rid of it. One day they will. Do not wait too long. Celebrating Alexander Graham Bell Day is like creating a massacre filled with laughter! What do you think when you see “education” first thing? It may be most complex noun of all. It means, “to train someone for what?”—And it is a teacher-centered, not student-centered. If a teacher thinks a Deaf pupil is better off speaking, then the pupil is really stuck.
I strongly believe in student-centered learning and teaching (peer-teaching) is best of the best for the Deaf as they often teach each other. That is what a Deaf culture is supposed to be. Paulo Freire once said, “The teacher acts and the students have the illusion of acting through the action of the teacher.”
Deaf people are not part of inventory or investment! Is ASL suffering language bigotry? What do we mean Audism when we say that an oppressor usually a hearing person believes a given proposition about the Deaf? We all need to be outspoken promoters of social justice and defender of the oppressed! We need to follow a good example what California did and support Deaf Canadians to get rid of AGBell’s Day! So, do you think we should remove all the ranks of Audism in public eye? Alexander Graham Bell’s 1884 hate speech:
We should try ourselves to forget that they are deaf. We should try to teach them to forget that they are deaf.”-Alexander Graham Bell, 1884.
Cite: Ladd, Paddy. Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood. Page 129.
Isn’t Bell doing exactly the same thing what John Wayne said about, “I don’t believe giving authority and positions of leadership and judgement to irresponsible people“…—AGBell’s speech was instructed to teach Deaf people to hate their own “identity” and forget their existence as the state of being Deaf and lose all the ranks of leadership just because Deaf people are viewed as socially inferior and ‘irresponsible’ people. AGBell was really afraid. The dark side of AGBell has been revealed. His leadership is now weak. The evolution of FEAR begins.
After all, that is the worst massacre created by Alexander Graham Bell and its followers. There may be more reasons behind that. On the left bottom corner, the postage of Alexander Graham Bell–look at his fists. He was so charged to attack Deaf community. That’s the hidden hand, folks!
Lastly, Wayne’s words, “Our so-called stealing of this country from them [Native Americans] was just a matter of survival.” What an asshole! Generally speaking for “matter of survival” would be any incident where Deaf people would be oppressed by another and the perpetrating group has the control of power.
The stories told by Deaf people becomes the collective journey and how their struggles and circumstances meet with the full use of force. In other words, if people agree that AGBell created a massacre for power, politics, hate, and the oppression ranks, then it meets our criteria.
It makes him less human. His primary goal was to destroy the survivorship of ASL and Deaf people. That makes Bell a bigger asshole. What is so funny right now? Well, I have this book, A**holeolgy The Cheat Sheet: Put the Science into Practice in Everyday by Chris Illuminati sitting on the bookshelf; I saw a perfect introduction from the book: The Ten Demandments of Being an Asshole.
- The asshole cares about the asshole the most.
- The asshole is always right.
- The assholes rarely apologizes.
- The asshole never accepts the word “no.”
- The asshole is always in control.
- The asshole always has a plan.
- The asshole takes what he wants.
- The asshole always look good.
- The asshole learns from his (few mistakes)
- The asshole is always evolving.
I rest my case.
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So, it begins..with on the eve of April 1st, where we were sleeping peacefully that gives ourselves comforting, secure feeling as the state of being Deaf then woke up to a rude awakening where no character to escape in every corner of America’s roads. The Washington Post publishes an article that changed everything.
By tomorrow’s day, it becomes one-year anniversary. It was the day outgoing president of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, Meredith Sugar made an effort-consuming for deficit thinking by encouraging hate speech about ASL and scolded Nyle DiMarco that should not accepted in the society or even his subjective identity. That was a major or even grave mistake of Meredith to do that.
There were been a lot of letters written by State Associations of the Deaf on the behalf of Deaf people, social media, bloggers, vloggers challenging AGB association and Meredith Sugar, it was incredible—more like awesome for the next couple of days! Maybe even couple of weeks. We need to see it more like this.
When AGB associations practice any behavior, for example, hate speech, that behavior becomes stronger and harder to get rid of. In our human minds, we see a person of different culture walking past the street, and people sneer at them. They then become invariably disappears.
Today, AGB still refuse to apologize for its action showing more interest to encourage hate speech, what is being done to attack Deaf people and what can the average citizen do to help in those efforts?
Deaf community is an incredibly special place, and Deaf people are a unique breed of people anywhere. Three-time Pultizer Prize winner Thomas Freidman writes,
Freedom is the ability, desire, and aspiration to live in a context where I can realize my full potential as a human being.”
However, someone once said that, “We shall challenge AGB, no matter what until they give up.” We need to realize our full potential as a human being. The LEAD-K summit asked the audience not to talk about AGB or challenge AGB at all and stay in silence. Then the silence grows bigger. We need more people to continue and challenge against hate speech more often. It continues to target Deaf people today because they are nobody. Well, we are someone else! ASL is highly designed in terms of knowledge, collections, and efficiency. April 1st will be always in history forever.
My older post in 2016 the day after Meredith’s hateful letter then second one later in two weeks:
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It baffles me the most when American people pay taxes and allow shootings to kill Deaf people either they are ignorant or refuse to learn about Deaf culture, the brain wired with hatred is still there.
When a person is stopped on a corner and see two pedestrians whom both are Deaf signing to each other while walking in the crosswalk. The person would walk up to them out of the corner and tell them, “TO GET LOST”[It could happen anytime, folks—you never know]
The country is now unpredictable. We are living in a country filled with hatred. There are a lot of people who are fearful of Deaf people even in our backyards.
It is travesty and poses a very serious burden on Deaf people in America. They face high risk anytime. Does anybody think it would fly a moral or legal defense when our own American people do not understand how to work with Deaf people? Is it not fair?
Hate crime is not even recognized in Deaf community—literally, not today or tomorrow. Why is that? They get away with it because the society let them. Haters dump their toxic waste on American Sign Language (ASL) because people would say it is not normal to see Deaf people signing with their hands—and processing their xenophobic attitude would not cost taxpayers and profit a lot of money from allowing hate crime and Audism.
The question, why do Deaf people have to pay the price in the first place when they are all innocent? The cost of a Deaf person would cause serious health concerns—not a joke—where are the fair justice for Deaf people?
So, the society refuses to recognize hate crime is the parallel claim that as an America—they encourage so much that their efforts would get praise from other people cheering to practice hate crime targeting Deaf people. It is a great loss for words, and we are the most invisible minority in America—maybe in the world. That’s the beauty of American democracy which is bit messed up.
Yet, the United States Constitution lacks of respect to protect Deaf people. We know that the importance of Deaf people depends on our society to reduce hate crime globally. If we seek for help from our hearing allies and save our Deaf community, they need to fight against hate crime, too. It would make a lot safer, hmm?
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CLICK the link below to watch Vinton Cerf’s commencement speech.
Vinton Cerf’s full transcript from captions. The time mark begins at 1:59:38. GO!
Members of the board, members of the faculty family and friends and class of 2015, congratulations!
I am sure many of you are feeling a sense of accomplishment and relief. I can assure your parents are probably thinking the same thing.
Many of who live to be 100 years old. You have about 80 years to look forward to. Let’s try to figure out what that might mean.
My mother, Muriel Cerf, was born in 1916 and passed away last year at the age of 98. For her, the telegraph, the telephone, talking movies, mass produced automobiles, radio, the airplane and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanices, the Panama Canal, World War I, and the Great Depression were already in her past. What would she see over the next 80 years? She would experience World War 2, the invention of the computer, radar, rockets, television….well, okay. It was not invented in 1928 but was not widely in use until the 1950s. And microwave ovens.
In her lifetime she would see the synthesis of insulin and the birth control pill, magnetic resonance imaging, the invention of the atomic and hydrogen bombs, she would see the invention of and ride in jet airplanes and watch men landing on the moon and space craft on mars, and other bodies in our solar system. She would see the invention of the internet and the world wide web, she would experience the invention and use of the transistor, mainframe computers, personal computers, laptops, tablets, hand held mobiles and the smart phone.
She would experience the assassination of JFK, MLK, and Robert Kennedy, and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. She would experience the Korean war, the Vietnam war, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would lie ahead of the 20 year old Muriel. Interestingly, the first wearable hearing aid was invented in 1938, when Muriel was 22.
By 1953, the transistor made behind the ear hearing aids possible. I started wearing them in 1956 when I was 13 years old. The 80 year old Muriel would see her daughter-in-law and my wife, Sigrid Cerf, receive her first cochlear implant in 1996 and a second one 10 years later.
It is 2015, you are about to graduate into a world that we can only begin to imagine. What might you experience over the next 80 years? In my own field, it is reasonable to expect that quantum computers will become real, if not necessarily wide-spread use. Minimally-invasive surgery will be the norm for many conditions and nano-scale devices will be reduced to practice. Some may be autonomous and others guided by skillful hands or even robots. Some may even work inside our bodies. Self-driving cars will become commonplace and it might even be illegal for inept humans to drive cars except on specially-designed off road or race tracks! And finally humans will land on Mars and a spacecraft will be on its way to the nearest star system Alpha Beta and Proxima Centauri.
The internet of things is becoming a reality and it will be the norm for you in your lifetime. Wearable computes and sensing devices on or embedded in our bodies will be standard practice. some already are such as the insulin pump, cochlear implant, and video cameras you can swallow. Electronic alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines will be standard options for you during your lifetime. While there won’t quite be Star Trek replicators, 3D printers will be commonplace and spare parts and whole cars will be manufactured on the spot. Stem cell and genetic therapies will almost certainly become commonplace in your lifetimes.
And it is not inconceivable that we will be able to re-grow damaged parts of our bodies and that may include the reconstruction of organs that help us see, feel, or hear. Some of you may well find, yourselves in Earth orbit for a stay in a Virgin Galactic or Bigelow Hotel and you will get there on a commercial space flight offered by Space-X or Virgin Galactic.
I have had the good fortune to experience a career filled with interesting challenges and fascinating ideas. While I was trained as a Mathematician, I soon discovered computers and that led to networking and that led to the internet. I had the benefit of many, many colleagues who felt the same urge I did to connect things that had not been connected before. To erase distance and fashion an ever more interconnected world. I am an engineer by trade. A computer scientist by my degrees. And a Chief Internet evangelist by title. Of course, there are only an estimated 3 billion people on the net today so there are about 4 billion people more to connect. I could use some help.
For the past 40 years it has been my task to convince others that they, too, want everyone on the planet to be part of the internet and the World Wide Web that it supports. Smart mobiles have helped realize that goal with several billion in use today. I see the internet’s success as a lucky confluence of technology. Us and other government leadership and support. Dramatic reduction in the cost of computing and communications. Massive commitment by individuals, research institutions and private sector companies and business models that have attracted persistent investment and the creation of new enterprises. The world of the future is not predictable. Some of you will discover new physical principles. New business opportunities, new ways of living in a world challenged by climate change, persistent, regional conflicts, growing population and demands for natural resources.
It will be a world posing hard problems and dramatic and opportunities for their solution. You will be a part of that world and you will shape it. Your interests, aspirations, creative talents and your desires will influence the markets and products of the future.
By this time, you will have learned that hard work, patience, and persistence really count in the real world. I hope you have also discovered that doing things that you like and are good at makes work seem more like fun and adventure. You hear often that you should discover what trigger your own passion and pursue that in your career. Do not allow others to define who you are or what your limits might be. These are yours and yours alone to discover and to extend.
I wish each and every one of you all possible success. I have good reason for that – I will be living in the world you create. And so will you! Congratulations!
And it concludes at 2:08:43. FINISH!
The image is what exactly happened yesterday. Click the image. Go ahead.
Today is the day after shock wave in the Deaf community—Vinton Cerf joins the ranks of all-time hate bigots along with Karl White, Dimity Dornan, Alexander Graham Bell and many more. Hate is a reasonable to many discriminatory interactions with Deaf people, so one must be prepared to forestall or deal with such a reaction. Realizing hate bigots are the problem, Cerf tries to stay in control and handle eugenics-oppression style by making it clear to those Deaf people who would mistreat Cerf that doing so carries with a significant cost for them.
“Whether anxiety over societal change preceded or even gave birth to anxiety over intellectual change, or whether the opposite is true, is less important than the fact that, during Culture Wars, these two anxieties become grafted onto each other—to such an extent that it is in general impossible to define the point where one type of anxiety ends and another begins.” –Joan DeJean, Ancients against Moderns: Cultural Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siele
The graduation at Gallaudet University is a historical ceremony for each graduates—no consequences are allowed. Cerf was attempting to propose a cochlear implant wave in which those Deaf-ASL users are encouraged to act like hearing people for his own intrinsic satisfaction of higher learning. In the other words, within with university, throwing eugenics-theme speech is of a central importance. With high technology activities to make a final decision to support the eugenics of Deaf people, Cerf began the hate speech cycle right there. I got attacked being called a liar and asked to see the proof of his transcript. One of them who own a writing service asked for it rather believing the person who threw eugenics in our face instead of reading it from Deaf author like myself. Just because Cerf is the father of Internet and it would be impossible for a celebrity to say that. What does that tell you? IT WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENED WHAT VINTON CERF SAID!
Those who wrote trash have acted in direct contravention of values that we, as DEAF people who love this world, hold dear. It has been absolutely astounding how they have committed the most horrendous acts, causing needless tragedy in the lives of Deaf people, yet they wear their so-called I-am-better-than-you nonsense. Their hypocrisy is mind-boggling — and disgraceful.
Gallaudet University happens because Deaf people exist. Cerf knew about the success that needs to change to help cochlear implant makers rich and make Cerf getting some commission profit for implementing in his presentation. It is no seldom accident, folks! It is easy to recognize product of strained leadership. A skilled Sociologist would understand the propaganda what it would be like.
For example, Cerf is well-known Alexander Graham Bell donor, and he went ahead and used hate speech that become necessary because it is fun to deliberately confound Deaf people with the unknown and keep Gallaudet University to maintain the status quo, ensuring Deaf people remain disempowered while Vinton Cerf entertain a hate speech.
Some people would say that it is a degree of freedom of speech, but within certain demographics it has overwhelmed the old Gallaudet politics, before cochlear implant center set up there on the same building where ASL/Deaf Studies department is. I think that hate speech should be pretty much extinct at Gallaudet University, in the sense that Gallaudet is quite welcoming to anyone Deaf. That has not always been true. Audism and hate speech exists in the term of higher education at Gallaudet University.
I became highly disturbed by his presentation about restoring Deaf people to hearing people. It has been ongoing ill-advised and misleading term. No human being can restore anyone’s hearing; they can only amplify it. When batteries expire, Deaf people merges as an inevitable—a reality and Cerf refuses to accept the fact that the high technology is not always a reality. Clearly, everyday hate speech especially stereotyping and prejudice—makes little or no sense, in terms of either reason ore religion.
With the EPHPHATHA official seal of Gallaudet University on the podium before Cerf stood and spoke, is the best example of mask of benevolence that it is attributable to implicit efforts in restoring Deaf people to the hearing society. He may be the father of Internet, but promoting hate speech like the big jellyfish just the same as Internet is. No Deaf graduating students deserve the knot with fear in their stomach.
It does seem to me a circle of people, (strong oralists) and some other like-minded folks, like to have Vinton around them and recognize his habit of badgering and intimidating smaller or weaker people.
Does Vinton Cerf dare to play G-O-D with new tricks front of Deaf people on their very special day? It makes a sad case study for hate speech and oppression. The same guy who invented Internet, of course, generates, with no intention to censor, the greatest noise that yields no information that Deaf people exist.
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