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Why Registry of the Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Allow Language Hegemony?

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Hearing privileges is very serious topic in Deaf community. The world is heavily hearing population. There are hearing people who has been mocking Deaf people down their necks and distinguish between hearing and Deaf when it concerns the history, culture, and politics of “hearing” anywhere in the world. Examining the facts might help you realize there is no apples-to-apples comparison and there is no straw that will break the camel’s back and that implementing hearing privileges is unacceptable.

In a society in which hearing people with power, for example, a finalist to be CEO for Registry of the Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), is encouraging “hearing privileges”–without any knowledge of ASL, Deaf culture, and what it is to understand Deaf-centric philosophy. Do Deaf people really have to accept their growing cultural decrease because whether it comes to the sense of social Darwinism that is being promoted by ignorance?

The root of RID since it has founded in 1964, is to understand and respect that Deaf people comes FIRST. When RID CEO search, one of the finalist, a hearing finalist, it is the biggest mistake of all—-to oppress Deaf people. It is unconstitutional, shaming, humiliation, and persecution-oriented hearing privilege control list below Deaf people’s intelligence and experience. Education, standards, excellence? Hmm.

RID Search Committee is immature to allow the hearing privilege to continue chipping away at Deaf people’s most cherished legal protections and freedoms that Deaf people once had—all in the name of “pursuit of happiness” at RID. Whatever it means. It is clear that RID are devolving into large segment of allowing language hegemony in Deaf community that has no business having the power to undermine Deaf people for any reason because they simply lack discipline, common sense, and the ability to realize how other areas of their life impact their behaviors.

RID has nothing to address because it would be an admission along with a problem to face with Audism. They operate behind secret interpretations. You have just got to love hearing privileges what RID is all about today. Once Deaf people engineer a revolution to challenge oppressive tactics, people with hearing privileges will always leave the most vulnerable Deaf people unprotected, so they can undermine them.

That is how RID is justified. Again, when a hearing finalist for  RID CEO, Deaf people cannot “defend” themselves, heavily regulate and restrict them in all means. Shakespeare once wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit”–thus a hearing finalist with ZERO knowledge about ASL, how interpreting world works, how ASL affect Deaf community each day, does not pay attention and time to listen.

Something is wrong with the picture. One of two finalists for RID CEO who is Deaf who holds Ph.D, and Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), truly stands for which is liberty and justice for all and history has taught us that any promise of security and prosperity from powerful hearing privileges ends the same way: suffer and humiliation. This is the real epidemic out there that needs to be addressed.

Is that why RID is being the “New Invisible Hand?”

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There are series of questions that needs to be addressed. What does it mean to be “hearing”? Are “hearing” people considerably different from us? Do they learn how to be “hearing?” Or do they know they are named “hearing?” How different are the Deaf from “hearing” people? What are criteria of being “hearing?” What is a radically new understanding of what it means to be “hearing?” Deaf people are indeed different!

RID allows a hearing person with zero knowledge of Deaf life is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated against Deaf people because it is based on fiction, myth, and false assumptions. This is clearly unconstitutional and vindictive punishment.

-JT

Copyright © 2018 Jason Tozier

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Why Should Deaf People ‘Fall’ for Disability Scholarships?

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‘Do Deaf people view as Disability?’ written by Harlan Lane, “A disability is a limitation of function because of an impairment. Deaf people are limited in some functions because of an impairment of hearing. Therefore, Deaf people have a disability.” The majority of Deaf people I know do not view themselves as disability. Deaf people have their daily calendar. It was one of the greatest ideology Deaf people deals with the stigma.

“During the Middle Ages, madness and other conditions were thought to be caused by demons. They were also thought to be part of the natural order, especially during and in the fallout of the Plague, which wrought impairments throughout the general population.”

“The European Enlightenment’s emphases on knowledge derived from reason and on the value of natural science to human progress helped spawn the birth of institutions and associated knowledge systems that observed and categorized human beings; among these, the ones significant to the development of today’s concepts of disability were asylums, clinics, and prisons.”- Braddock, David, and Susan Parrish, An Institutional History of Disability, in Handbook of Disability Studies, ed. Gary Albrecht, Katherine Seelman, and Michael Bury (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2001)

Why are Deaf people still viewed as demons and prisoners of the hearing colonization? Where is their greatest human right as Deaf people and their pursuit of happiness? It is a process in the healthy Deaf mind. The good news is, Deaf people will continue to discover the root causes of happy thinking heavily practiced and projected through Deafhood framework. The bad news is, the society continues to label Deaf people as disability will not able to see those “root causes.”

When Deaf people receive scholarships or awards directly from Disability organizations, they are quickly judged without conscious thought from the society. Some say it is invisible. Some say it is good thing. Some say it is a bad thing. Some say it is denial. Some is unconscious. But, within certain demographics it has overwhelmed the old politics, and there are plenty of Deaf people in this or that minority culture for whom the old-fashioned hearing politics is more relevant.

For most people of any group, including minority communities, the specifically sociological issues are a small proportion of the actually important yet it is invisible affecting Deaf people everywhere. The Disability framework about Deaf people should be pretty much extinct by now. In that sense, Deaf-centered view is quite welcoming to anyone Deaf. Is it always true? Language, communication, and deficit thinking exists in the term of denial. The reason Disability framework continues to perceive Deaf people so often wrong in that the literature has successfully evolved the status quo to guide oppressors to speculate whatever it is.

Good example: There are some people who actually think the world is flat today. What about the stars revolve around the earth to determine fate and future?

To be Deaf-centered thinking, (not a word to think “disability”) is something that begins with us. It begins in our hearts, in that place that is never separate from the living heart of ours. Between right and wrong, between night and day, and between matter and spirit.

Deaf communities around the world for so long that they have defined themselves in opposition too how the disability framework has viewed Deaf people. Deaf people have defined themselves, and had been defined—and that is the most important thing. It is important not to accept scholarships or awards from disability organizations.

 

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It takes one scholar to recognize another one. I’d like to share my short personal story about scholarships. I was offered several scholarships from disability organizations and groups in the past, and I had to turn them down because I did not feel right about how the society views Deaf people as disability.

Deaf people are being drawn away from the chain of ignorance that the state of being Deaf imposes. Why do Deaf people have to suffer social bias? The educational structure of the Deaf has faced many hardships in the form of disability framework—often invisible. Simply associating Deaf people, as disability is not fair or accurate, as disability is not attributed to a cultural identity.

When I received full scholarship from ASL/Deaf Studies graduate program at Gallaudet University, I felt right. At least I hope I was right. The disability framework is the basic ingredient of American intellectual history. From the eye gaze, the Deaf people build a community that relies ASL for information, knowledge, and communication. Along with the American stories and journeys, we the Deaf people ought to give our community identity and meaning away from disability framework. Receiving scholarships or awards from Deaf-centered organizations would make all the difference.

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-JT

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David Prater: Badge of Audism

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Badge of Audism: the lack of media that has been covering Deaf Latino man by the name of Magdiel Sanchez who was murdered by a police officer. Why not? Because in America, the majority of country is sound-oriented and looks at Deaf people as invisible. Police officer who killed Sanchez used his uniform, his badge, and his loaded gun, to stop, intimidate, and murdered him right front of his yard. And oppressors wonder why Deaf people do not trust cops. Why?

20141004_USD001_0.jpgDeaf people are the most vulnerable and voiceless people. David Prater, Audist and a district attorney for the state of Oklahoma, knew that Deaf people had no social power, and had no chance to speak out because they are voiceless. The media continues to exploit Deaf people on the parts of white “silence” who came to control Deaf people in Oklahoma.

Who hold the highest badge of law enforcement? David Prater. Yes, the District Attorney. Not the judge. Not the police officer. It is a privileged white system. District Attorneys actually have more power than the judges today in the courtrooms. Believe it or not.

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Two summers ago, when I read Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and discovered that the prosecutors or district attorneys have more power even than the judges in the courtrooms, I was blown away!

If the media covered this story well, especially the culture of police authority, they ignore Deaf people because in Prater’s oppressive words, “being Deaf is irrelevant.”–is being taught in the society. Totally wrong!

Like a cop killed Magdiel Sanchez in cold blood, life moves on but the pain continues. How can we breathe and stay alive? That’s the badge of Audism. It’s always relevant. Deaf people are irrelevant…..That’s the face of media today in America where Deaf people are easily oppressed. Including the members of Oklahoma Association of the Deaf.

The United States Constitution —First Amendment that holds the five highest principles for human rights: Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Petition, and Freedom of Press. They all are entitled to assemble, exercise their speech through lawful petition in the eyes of press.

Isn’t it time for a bigger protest this time? We need more Deaf faces in the process of developing a new consciousness to overcome fear, ignorance and humiliation and we will not be silenced. Prater’s words are now irrelevant. It has already become too painful to deal with this crisis. The power of oppression has been taught to ignore discrimination, no Deaf people may be neglected for their own loss.

-JT

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