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The Nation Was Also Built By Laurent Clerc

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History Through Deaf Eyes 

Today, May 1st is Immigrant Rights Day! Consider, to begin with a colonialism scene in Deaf world–especially in America that time. In 1816, Laurent Clerc to begin his journey for America knew the destiny to create in the name of Deaf Education. Clerc was the ONE who generated Deaf Education, without him, it would not be the same. It was a fate to get rid of Audism and break the colonization.

This was the time that Clerc had to articulate his teaching philosophy in America. The ability to acquire and use sign language exclusively is valuable for Deaf students in the field of literatures and Clerc strive to have students actively thinking about higher education within minutes of entering the classroom, and when communication something Clerc pushed to use as much sign language as possible.

Clerc had been teaching for long time, and I’m sure he enjoyed this work a lot. He had coordinated Deaf Education and there is no way he would realize that his presence had developed and facilitated many courses through the College-wide Curriculum Committees and Higher Education Commission. His gift for America was a huge amount of time, and through this process, he determined to boil down his teaching philosophy to higher principles that Clerc as an immigrant made a huge difference today.

The most important principle of Deaf Education is always demonstrating a passion for higher learning. Unfortunately, there is no unique recipe for passion that works for all Deaf students. While for some Deaf students it is important to know how to use ASL, others find the ideas for education in ASL interesting by themselves.

The final grade has been a top-priority for many Deaf students, but I am sure that Clerc always do his best to explain that it should an ultimate goal for acquiring skills in ASL. Otherwise, students would gain the skills in ASL after classroom is over and that is very desirable for Clerc.

So, I feel that Clerc as an immigrant with his credentials why Deaf Education is important and where it is used today and explain the ideas behind philosophy and linguistics, propagating the idea that ASL can be approached from two perspectives, science (descriptive) and art (prescriptive). Before proceeding to the theory Clerc would give a lot of examples and usually draw appropriate pictures.

Clerc’s passion is enthusiasm for acquiring and mastering ASL for Deaf students. His enthusiasm must be infectious enough to transmit to the students. In this case they would learn ASL because of ASL itself and not only because it is used somewhere else. The goal here is to share the beauty of ASL. Deaf students, I am sure that have never complained about a lack of enthusiasm.

We reinforce Deafhood every time we use ASL. © Jason “JT” Tozier 2017

Clerc might not also realize that he brought human rights of the Deaf in America. It was all about modeling and teaching professional behavior and respect. To Clerc, teaching and learning is palpable: When Clerc can see it in a student’s visible delight in acquiring and using ASL jargon; when Clerc can read the excitement in students’ essays about ASL or Deaf experience that is also part of Deaf Studies, Clerc cannot say anything better than an Irish writer, W.B. Yeats about teaching when he wrote:

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

Clerc’s energy had ignited in Deaf students a passion to learn as much as possible and be professional within the field of Deaf Studies. I can best summarize in one word for Clerc: passion. Passion helps the Deaf students engage in the course assignment, even if there is no “correct answer” in the processes of exploring the language and culture of the Deaf. Engaged students in classrooms must work hard, write about their Deaf experiences, and learn to think, respect others, and above all, have fun!

Clerc was the most important Deaf immigrant in America. Thank you, Laurent Clerc for your genius and innovations. You were the face of human rights! After all, we are a nation of immigrants. Behold the Deaf community in highest standard possible! Yes, Immigrant Rights are Human Rights!

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-JT

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References:

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The Unreal and Real: Stories From Deafhood Journey

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Four years ago the day before today, we were selected to give a play called The Deafhood Monologues written by Ella Mae Lentz held at Atlas Performing Arts Center, one of the oldest theaters in District of Columbia that night. It was special for all of us. I was very proud to be part of the cast—despite that I am from Portland, Oregon.

That night was truly special. I was a product of Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland, Oregon—every oral school for the Deaf proudly proclaims that it teaches its students how to speak. Every such school proudly advertises that it does not teach sign language, nor do its students use it. Every residential oral school has traditionally had a clandestine signing subculture.

It is far more difficult for this to occur in day schools, where students are shuttled between their families and school, which is why Alexander Graham Bell thought they were the best solution to the problem of educating Deaf students. His ideal was schools where there would be a single Deaf student in the midst of the hearing majority.

It goes without saying that he never considered Deaf children’s linguistic, social, or cognitive needs. Much less than their feelings.

Denial is the first law of healing. It is the first practical step toward getting rid of your mind the mistaken beliefs of a lifetime. The word, “deny” means to “declare not to be true that that appears true.” It is important that the first law of healing, the best way to get rid of negative beliefs from your mind and rid of toxic that eats up your body. Deaf community was taught to use self-hate when growing up in a society that is in a great deal of denial.

Self-hate is a disease and the truth is that the disease is that it is also self-inflicted. Deaf people inflict their own diseases upon themselves by their fears, resentments, hate, and belittlement. Self-hate in the Deaf community is probably the number one in the circle that it carry a gross injustice, which destroys our community, sabotages democracy and it is linked to many of our social problems.

The Deafhood Monologues changed my life. Self-hate is a form of darkness that flees in the presence of light and enlightenment. The Deafhood Monologues gathers up in a circle and used ASL as a breakthrough to stop politically correct society that Deaf people should not be oppressed.

It was part of healing for The Deafhood Monologues cast how to break trough self-hate from their childhood before discovering their true Deaf identity.

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-JT

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Deafhood Discussions: The Oralist Response 1980 to Date, Part 3 (p.160-161)

David Kerr explains in this video from Paddy Ladd’s book–thanks, David for your civic duty as well as Deafhood Discussions to support for the video presentation.

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-JT

Why “Social Justice” Matters at Gallaudet University

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After watching MJ Bienvenu where she explained the meaning of “Social Justice” video provided by Deafhood Foundation Newsletter, [Issue #6, January 26, 2016] I would like to express my grave concerns about Social Justice at Gallaudet University today.

Inside Gallaudet campus, it is filled with bigotry and hate, Deaf students are oppressed for using American Sign Language (ASL), and in today’s climate at Gallaudet, social justice is imaginatively and speculatively based on lack of education and ignorance, and it gives some fictitious information that humiliates and ostracizes not only Gallaudet, but also Deaf people everywhere on the campus.

As a Social Justice supporter myself, I always believed that producing the Social Justice to be an act of leadership. From time to time, it tells stories that we are not ready to see, holds up a mirror to reflect the realities of the Deaf people, and raises the antenna of our own social consciousness. However, I found it very difficult to write about Social Justice—that should give a good name specifically to any educational institution like Gallaudet where Deaf students are the legal age of full responsibility.

There is no question that Deaf students have tried to describe a number of experiences of consciousness that appear to them to be essential to the process of Social Justice—that is, they find it very difficult to “think away” these elements while assuming that Social Justice will continue to recognize there. Not only that, but Deaf returning citizens are severely oppressed more than anyone on the campus.

How can Gallaudet University ignore Social Justice with stimulate thought, open dialogue, and leave Deaf students about Gallaudet, for example, for hours, days, even years later? It is just a sad piece of Deaf history that Social Justice is not educated enough at Gallaudet. It is not the same today as MJ made this video ten years ago. We need to bring “Social Justice” back and educate them to protect their human rights and civil rights.

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-JT

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If Gallaudet Wrote Star Wars: Jedi Bell Return

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A long time ago in galaxy far, far away…

There is a secret document that has been sealed inside Gallaudet University so deep enough to bury the hatchet—it is like the Federal Bank of New York on the behalf of Federal Reserve System. They hold the gold in there—they act as the guardian and custodian of the gold on behalf of account holders, which include to U.S. government—official organizations.

Gallaudet University is a property of U.S. government and home to many official organizations. Therefore, Gallaudet is home to Alexander Graham Bell Association, an official organization. AGB acts as the guardian and custodian of the Deaf oppression. Have you ever seen a Gallaudet president talk about Racism front of the world before our eyes before? How many Gallaudet presidents combined in total before Bobbi Cordano? I am not talking about text messages, but I am talking about a real-time video—the mother of Truth. That is the first time ever what a Gallaudet-elect president said that. That is history in the making, folks!

This is but one truly social problem, and that is educational ignorance. Whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or 12 categories, games are to be played. Racism does not including stories, one must first answer! Gallaudet University was built in 1864 for Deaf people first like Tatoonie with the picture above—where it had begun for Deaf people first. Same concept.

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Have you ever seen a picture of Alexander Graham Bell and a Black Deaf student together anywhere? No pictures can be found. It is important to know that Bell did write a memo (letter-alike) to Francis Galton in Britain who coined Eugenics informing him that AGB follows Galton’s philosophy then becomes a honorary president of the Second International Congress of Eugenics a year before his death. People look up to AGB as Jedi of Deaf people—the problem, Jedi was supposed to be good people.

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Darth Vader was a Jedi before the Dark Side took over his life—and AGB went into Dark Side and fooled many people including Deaf people.

Eugenics influences Racism—a learned behavior in higher education. Galton then writes a letter in return on his paper, “Hereditary Deafness” on his review of Bell’s Upon the formation of a deaf variety of the human race in a 1885 magazine—Review in Nature, Vol: 31, Pages 269-70. The opening paragraph:

The startling title of Mr. Graham Bell’s admirable memoir is fully justified by its contents. 

Finally, in late 2015, President-elect Bobbi Cordano shares her greatest concerns after being invited to be part of town hall by Black Student Union listening to stories about oppression, internalized oppression at best. Bobbi would like to stop Racism and systematic discrimination as long as Alexander Graham Bell’s name is out of the Gallaudet campus. AGB’s systematic discrimination practices Audism, the favorite cousin of Racism. The quote by AGB makes a perfect example why Gallaudet has ignored Racism for so long by allowing that happening inside the door being closed and opens to Racism any time they welcome so regretfully upon the door that white supremacy still practices at Gallaudet. Is that why they do not want us to see the ones, which open for us?

Now I can broach the notion of intellectual oppression at Gallaudet University. There is a real change. It has already felt what solution might be given. At this point the problem is reversed. It was previously questioned of finding out whether or not Racism appears a problem. It now becomes clear, on the contrary, that Racism is or not. Watching the campus unrest at Gallaudet University, a particular fact, is acknowledging it fully. Now, no one will live in this fact, not recognizing it to be important, unless AGB goes away.

It is not just about color skin, but it has a lot of codes in language racism and multicultural competence. For example, a provost would say, “I AM GALLAUDET! I AM GALLAUDET! I AM GALLAUDET!” using political power on a Deaf student in a private meeting is considered Racism. There is a star out in the far galaxy that actually named after Deaf person.

No kidding! His name is Oliver Heaviside, an electrical engineer, mathematician, and physicist from 1850s from England. He invented several mathematical techniques to seek for the solution of differential equations and coined Electromagnetic eight terms. Deaf people do not need to suffer anymore and throw Jedi Bell into the Death Star for once and all. Bell is a death star to Deaf people’s Star Wars. Darth Vader would fry Bell like Vader did to Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious, who planned to overthrow the Republic and the Jedi Order from with.

Being an ally to people of color in the struggle to end racism is one of the most important things that Gallaudet University needs to do that. Can there at least healthy way to be an ally? Racism needs to be overthrown out of Gallaudet University and the Jedi Order of Alexander Graham Bell. Why return again and again?

A wise Jedi once warned, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

Hate crimes and speech does exist on the campus. A lot of Deaf people had been suffering.  Thank you, Master Yoda! That would become of healthy Gallaudet!

May the Force be with you!

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-JT

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ASL in Video: Oralism & the Renewed Religious Discourse

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My Journey in Deafhood Monologues: How To Be A Winner

535844_441539822597826_1329420381_nThe early stage of first Deafhood Monologues pre-show.

Because so often when I say I am unqualified for something, what I am really saying is that I am too scared to try it, not that I cannot do it. The story is about Deafhood Monologues: Washington, D.C. 2013; and I happen to be part of the cast. It was a month filled with mental torture, both in body and mind.

That was where I suffered my first heart attack during the audition for the first three hours and I was practically in much pain that I could not fathom. It is important to recognize right away when something is wrong with you and my heart was about to give up. As Jen Sincero would write, “procrastination is one of the most popular forms of self-sabotage because it’s really easy.”

But I had a friend in town for couple of days and became a vital reason to be destined driver. The doctor said that I was extremely lucky to be here. Not a choice that I would make, this heart I carry hold the greatest hope for the future. If stress can be virtually eliminated, keeping Deaf community together is the optimal goal. It produces the greatest returns in survivors of malicious rumor-mongers and peace to all whose struggle with any form of harassment.

The identification of my returned citizen status marked me as an outsider of Deafhood Monologues. I refuse to let it separate me from the rest of humankind. My very first theatrical experience ever looks up to me and become a winner and pedantic to supply the ordinary ideas of underdogs to this great public contest. The whole indictment failed to crack my heart into pieces even after being out of the hospital for barely a week.

The heart was supposed to be productive despite the scheduling difficulties. If you google Deafhood Monologues, making its undercover work more difficult than it need be. But challenging to keep the spot in the cast is no easy feat. I came out as a winner at the end. It does feel damn good! It does!

How does it take to be a winner? I would like to thank each and every single person in the cast who believed for my effort to be a winner. My good friends, including the same friend above, for the support and commitment to Deafhood Monologues, had floored me. I am honored to have won this role, which will always forever enable me to continue empowering Deaf returned citizens and working closer to creating many open doors for Deafhood Monologues in the future. To celebrate this significant milestone, my first of four heart attacks shall be remembered for its adversity.

Now that is a winner! Don’t you love to be an underdog? The quote that will go out in bang, “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” Joseph Campbell; American mythologist.

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-JT

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THE FLAG DAY: DEAFHOOD DIALOGUE

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Today is the day we celebrate Flag Day. There are so many things I wanted to write about this particular day why it is important to recognize this meaning of the flag. I was born in America. For many years I had been bullied for being different. Why different? People in the society do not view Deaf as a normal human being. I am deeply concerned about the future of our country. The flag represents freedom for everybody with dignity and security. I look upon Mars in my 11th house, the house of wish fulfillment, to help me write. Here on the cusp of drama and criticism, my Mars attacks people and friends, and get super angry about power struggles. It is the crucial time of your life than ever because it will lead you into the world of intellectual freedom and empowerment.

Oppression presents sociology that helps people to transcend ordinary reality by creating a shift in perception that opens the study to the value of oppression in everyday Deaf life. This is real. It is beyond the truth! Deaf people must protect their quest to personify their health and wisdom into healthy discourses. A source of inspiration and when I first read Mask of Benevolence by Harlan Lane 16 years ago, my mind hit something important enough that I kept reading until I hit a passion.

Deaf people who have been survivors of many things had been on journey, most of part, rough journey after an incident. Part of this has been my intention to write a book, but I am not mature enough for the process, or maybe I am too mature! I look back on what I had written and it is pretty painful. I get hurt. I do not like what I had written. It is the stream of consciousness, but I do know the censorship of this stream that Karl White complains about Deaf babies that are not implanted enough.

I had gotten flashes of insight that comes up and I am thinking now that I do not want to talk about that. I had have gotten three pens working now and I simply change hands whenever my hands get tired. I can write whatever I want; I can write whatever strikes my fancy. Toothbrush. Wild beats. I can create a new sociological concept I think of what Deaf people had suffered in the hands of American oppressors. My mind fills in the gaps. It will start thinking. It is going to come up with something you still want to read and I have got to struck it out and keep writing. When my hands hurt, I have to switch to typing. I am interested in success.

What is success here, George W. Bush? I am not sure! Remember No Child Left Behind (NCLB) movement created by Bush’s administration. The function of Deaf education, under the banner of NCLB mandatory, is to reveal to Deaf children their great defeat because American Sign Language suffers the hegemony of English. At the same time, in today’s higher education Deaf people receive today, appears uncomfortable with the achievements of their own past. The higher education, so often the means to our profession and advancement, now finds itself operating under a cloud of oppression that it falls under a wrong agenda.

Deaf people who experiences severe oppression will get them there. I want 200 pages manuscript I can write down. Full pages. And I have to get to strip it down. I choose to celebrate Deaf flag. The idea was coined by Arnaud Balard, a Deaf fellow in France.

Nietzsche says I should want to cause as much as suffering as possible. If I want greatness, but maybe if that is the case, I do not want greatness. I do not know. I wrote a lot to myself. The evolution of oppression is interesting, and I have a whole bunch of stories to put in there. Passion! Passion! Passion! Once Deaf people are survivors of American oppression, they are not paid archivists. They are your enemies and keep that in your mind that they want you to lose some of them. Sure, because so many of them are dreadfully embarrassing. They are introspective, but only first draft introspective, like a high schooler that reads John Steinbeck. If it were impossible, you cannot do it.

Anyway, like, would you stick it out with a Deaf person who experiences an American oppression? How about not as successful as you are? How about if they have some pipe dream about a manuscript and their creativity because of their reasoning that Jupiter was in their 5th house when they were born? And what if one of them were just writing to you and you were not supposed at all but just reading something they wrote?

There is where I live! I am better at believing in myself and use my strength when I experience oppression in my life. In Deaf community, nothing seems alive to me. It does not scream at me to be known to be done. I have to find it. I have to jump in. The feeling of jumping into a cold pool. I wish I had a ton of money to donate to Deafhood Foundation. I will find good luck somewhere in this world.

This is my Deaf Flag Day….and……..this is my Deafhood dialogue.

-JT

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