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How to Stop the Avalanche of Hate

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I would like to express something off my mind for couple of minutes. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve received ugly postings about me from my own Deaf community. I am aware that I had been dealing with hate to make sure I disappear off the Mother planet. I come to understand the dangers of hate mongers than ever. Times I would be warned not to write about my experience as a returning citizen. This could not be further from the truth. If you have hard time reading the print in the picture on the left, I apologize for sloppy marker.

The questions I wrote down: Do we believe that youth who make horrible mistakes deserve second chances? Do we believe youth can develop character beyond their crimes?

I believe in resistance and challenge against hate, as a means of survival and hope. I did not create hate in the first place. You did. For 21 years, there are people had been threatening me and put me in human exile. That sucks because I had been working hard to change my life around. I refuse to live in someone else’s shadow.

For the haters out there, please understand this—TAUNTS just does not work. I do not need shame and disrespect, shows that hate STILL kills’ people and corrupt systems. However, I’ve reached the underlying reasons for the resistance and I believe in second chances. Sadly, due to institutional and societal barriers, once I entered back into community, there were challenges of employment, housing, and help for support and I’ve faced hardships where I had to deal with mental and physical abuses for telling truth.

Gandhi writes,

Many people, especially, ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still there.”

My journey as Deaf returning citizen as indirectly described, has been carried around with the educational champions of the Sociology world I fell in love with, and found my Deafhood identity. The hardships are claimed. Deaf Studies are claimed. It is a new birth: the “origin” of my stories. All the hard work of building self-confidence, all the bulwark in the face of hate that is often subtle, yet no less compassion, than hate in the community. I remind myself to live constantly in George Orwell’s “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.”

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When I see this photo the other day, I see it as a metaphor for the intellectual decline of American people to understand stories.

Hate is virtually deserted, devoid of human life; surrounded millions of old souls, the stories will be unthinkable. Is hate an unforgiving society? Does that mean it also allows deficit thinking to build more fear? Even a single story of a Deaf returning citizen can change the world. Will we accept the fact that hate is a painstakingly back-up human error? Are Deaf returning citizens even part of Deaf Studies?

I just wanted you to know that I stand strong. Sure, I can be hard on myself for my imperfections and mistakes even my failures and I am aware of the haters who are obsessed with me as a Deaf returning citizen and try to pull my life down. I’m tired of crab theory. I am tired of rumor-mongers. The last words of this blog when I would like to say that I deal with hate a lot, I do not hide my face under a mask or nothing. Here is the thing: More and more people criticize it, but most likely shift the blame for who is responsible.

Last October 2015, I was invited to give a lecture for CSUN Social Justice conference sponsored by Deaf Studies Association, I felt very good what I’ve contributed back to the community. That matters the most to me.

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I continue to complete my ultimate goals. I will not be intimidated. Let’s remind ourselves this month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

-JT

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What Was Laurent Clerc Thinking That Night?

Do you Support Transformative Healing?

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It takes the greatest amount of strength to overcome the world’s evil motto: Stigma.

Every day in the life of an American, while the life expectancy of the average American is almost 79 years, those who lack awareness to understand hate. Deaf returned citizens, in body, mind, and spirit would most likely have difficult life and expect shorter lives. Should we believe in necessity of the healing will allow them to live longer life—how does the transformative healing happen with Deaf returned citizens? They can become better people. Better wisdom. Better mentors. Better teachers.

We can make all the difference today in Deaf community by becoming part of collective family. Can we make their lives to change every day because of Deafhood networking like you? A good change is good! Reminding them to live in the past does not solve anything. Stigma is not the answer.

Bodies do heal, emotions are expected to lift, courage returns are best thing, and those Deaf returned citizens were once broken in body and spirit because whole, strong people. Trees are part of our soul-searching. They are the powerful tool to heal us! Appreciate the eyes of trees every day. Your contributions or support would be appreciated and make this possible.

 

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Mothers Are Also Survivors of Alexander Graham Bell

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This is my sweet and loving Mother. In this picture on the right, my mother was 20 years old while on the left, my 21 years old father. It was taken at a park in Woodland, Washington on July 22, 1976. My mother was pregnant with my brother Steven.

Today is Mother’s Day. All the mothers are also survivors of Alexander Graham Bell’s lies and promote human crisis to challenge their own democracy including my mother’s child as the state of being Deaf and the rights to use American Sign Language. Alexander Graham Bell Association has fooled many mothers into treating of his anti-democratic actions as “normal”—not only that, but also intimidated and silenced my mother through a human threat. I am sure that it has happened to many mothers of Deaf children.

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Five months later after the picture were taken; my mother became a human subject of a survivor on the same day when I was taken to Tucker-Maxon Oral School and examined like a lab rat. I have been thinking about this all the time, realizing that my mother also had a moment of courage, this is true for everyone, but it is particularly true of emotional and human abuse survivors.

The fact my mother were fooled and she managed to survive is in and of itself a tremendous act of courage. My mother still believed in me, and she also discovered Deafhood that would become a positive step through my journey. It is a light at the end of the tunnel.

In order to call out Alexander Graham Bell Association to apologize for all those lies and hatred, all the survivors, realize that hope is a powerful motivator and a great antidote to fear. Unfortunately, AGBell does not believe in hope—they believe in practicing hatred. That is what they do.

My mother said to me in person, “I am sorry, honey, that I did not learn ASL long time ago” while she was crying and that breaks my heart. Damn you, AGBell for tearing up my relationship with my own mother. Crisis is part of the healing process. When survivors dig through, the pain of their childhood, and struggle to reclaim their lives, their experience uncertainty, fear, and turmoil. Crisis is part of the change process. It is necessary to continue and fight against AGBell.

One of the things we need not to allow AGBell spread lies and hatred 365 days, we need to embrace for change! It teaches us to look to the work we can do on ourselves—repair, maintain, build, and grow—so we can better deal with change that is certain to come. Growth may mean that as Deaf people we must be the ones who to proactively instigate change that is long overdue.

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My mother’s hands holding that 1976 newspaper she has not seen in 20 years. Heart-breaking for both of us. 

Mother’s Day, for example, is now ready to change and grow for love and defeat hatred from AGBell bullshit practices. We will be warmed by change and growth. Our Deafhood will continue. To all the mothers, Deaf and hearing, I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!

I love you very much, Mom!

Additional blog posts about how AGBell destroyed my family:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2013/06/13/oralism-stole-my-fathers-baby/

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2014/01/11/tucker-maxon-oral-school-pitfall-a-cult-of-ignorance/

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2014/02/03/tucker-maxon-oral-school-teachers-are-blameless/

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2014/12/14/with-no-thanks-to-my-alma-mater/

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2015/01/24/a-not-so-noble-cause-to-support/

-JT

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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:

https://www.neh.gov/explore/history-through-deaf-eyes

 

Alicia Wooten: “Not How I Want You to Remember Me….”

At The Rim: Here Comes the Rimshot

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This post is to honor the author of At The Rim for your leisure. You know, being colonized and deny the journey of your own Deafhood, the same term before your eyes, is your last hiccup that recognizes your weakness to embrace Deaf identity.

Dude, the 1988 greatest story, has forever radicalized the original root of Deaf culture. Why do you think Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet wanted to create college for whom? Did the same Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet have a vision for hearing people? That was not his vision.

My fellow radicals who were supposed to pass on the torch of experience and insights to a new generation just were not there.”-Saul Alinksy

Tick tock. You need to work on your attitude more often. There is a word that might remind you would want to learn “self-hate” and that is where it begins. It does not mean it hates hearing. Do you hate Deaf? There was no such thing as “hearing hate” as you claimed. It is the bed of personal growth. Look at us, Deaf to Deaf!

As the author of this post, I do not hate hearing either. I come from hearing family. It is how hearing system work, it starts with the community accountability. Imagine this, what if there was none of stories about it in 1988 that never existed? What would it looks like today? Come on, history is for reason, born for America values in Deaf Education, and hold the key strong! Forget all the flat liners.

All the DPN activists had the same cause to protest as all of them have the constitutional rights, First Amendment, “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” All of DPN had not committed any criminal incidents as you claimed. The only picture I once saw in a book about DPN itself where the bus tires were slashed, it is only misdemeanor.

Please take a look at other universities, pardon me, hearing universities, there were plenty of riots and done real criminal damage, it is huge difference what DPN was all about. Stop living in hearing mind.

It was only a temporary. Look at Jackson Police Open Fire on Protestors from website, “killing 2 students and leaving 12 injured. Many more sustained minor injuries from broken glass in the incident, wherein 30 seconds of gunfire and 140 shotgun rounds left every window along one city street shattered.” It was 1970. Mississippi.

As I checked last time, there were no injuries in 1988. DC lights flocked overnight in good faith.

No more than half hour drive depending on traffic, you would see University of Maryland in College Park, in 2010, 28 arrests, as for DPN, zero arrests, no? Unless I am mistaken. Two years later, University of Kentucky had won a basketball game against archrival, University of Louisville; there were a lot of riots and fires. None of them are like Gallaudet. There was no such thing as riot as you claimed.

The final note: DPN was a peaceful rally. Riot and rally are much different.

You are still living in the past. Accept the fact that Deaf people won. It is simple. You are correct that it is 2017 because the last time I checked, the president is still Deaf. Sorry to ruin your day but your hearing superiors don’t work well in here.

Dude. I am telling you that today Gallaudet University, President Bobbi Cordano has changed the leadership and make it more like Deaf-centered as possible, it is not full-ride centered yet, but it is going in the right direction.

Would people also think it is time to have Gallaudet University, Deaf-centered, Deaf-controlled and Deaf-oriented one day in the future? It may be possible. [I support that idea, myself.] I am sorry that you are being colonized and hope you will realize that you would need to heal your pain.

Let your extremism go. Being Deaf mind is the center of your heart. The heart is very precious and they control your destiny. Do not wait too long. The Deaf Mind I possess is not extremism. It is progressivePlease visit this page in 2013, Mirror, Who is the Fairest?

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2013/06/16/mirror-who-is-the-fairest/

American values are the most beautiful and complex tools of all time, at the same time, you need to realize by insulting American values on an American soil, it is nothing greater than Gallaudet University. You know, “Make Gallaudet Great” in ’88. The same principles we recognize the mystic flying birds, today is 2017 and the beauty of Gallaudet’s spirits are evolving.

The making of DPN made the wave of social movements, from civil rights to the rights of “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Deaf students had every right to petition the Government for all grievances. It does not mean they are rioters again as you claimed. Remember, it is not too late to begin your Deafhood journey that you will always grateful for in the long run.

That’s the beauty of life! Self-hate by being Deaf is not going to work anywhere. My blog is all about tough love. Also, my blog is not to be kicked around. When I visited Seattle to attend Paddy Ladd’s presentation at University of Washington in 2012, it was a method to see the love to embrace state of being Deaf and that is where you need to see the rim shot.

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At your last hiccup.

-JT

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References:

http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/01/biggest-college-campus-riots-in-history/kentucky-students-flood-lexington-streets-in-celeb

https://attherimmm.blogspot.com/2017/03/deaf-v-deaf.html

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2017/03/22/powerful-diversion-in-deaf-community/

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2013/06/16/mirror-who-is-the-fairest/

 

 

Gallaudet ASL/Deaf Studies: Deaf Returning Citizen is a Human Right!

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When I flew with Carl Schroeder and visited Washington, D.C, the home of Gallaudet University for the first time in June 2010—changed my life FOREVER!!! Toward the end of my first meeting with some of ASL/Deaf Studies professors, I was trying to figure out how to overcome my fears and should I join the graduate program. The first person that came out of the room and meet Carl right away was the chair of the ASL/Deaf Studies also one of three founders for graduate program, and Carl introduced me.

The word was that ASL/Deaf Studies department wanted to make bold reforms and Carl sent a text message for the Chair through Blackberry (both had Blackberry) to meet up for a beer along with me that night but the Chair did not respond two days later. He claimed that he was “busy”. His presence was a total snoozer. The usual suspects said the usual things. Nothing new or innovative emerged. Before I walked out of Sorenson Language Communication Center (SLCC), I asked Carl to take a picture of me and knew that it was my calling—Gallaudet is my home!

Then we walked into bookstore to look around for books or stuff whatever we like and see to buy and saw many Deaf people signing and I felt empowered by that moment! That was my adventure and then stayed in the DC greater area for couple of days before returning home in Portland, Oregon. Then I applied for graduate program in 2011 then quickly got accepted in, but I was not ready for couple of reasons: What major informational source does Gallaudet University rely upon to form such hateful, ignorant, and bigoted statements about Deaf returning citizens in general and in specific?

That was one of the reasons I was not ready. So, I gave two years to focus on myself and grabbed all the books I could read about Deaf Studies by going to my favorite bookstore, Powell’s, the best place anywhere in Portland. I would go there every weekend and grab a book and sit in the coffee garden and read there. It was a perfect escape from the reality and read. There were hundreds of different people coming in from the walks of life and some of the people in that coffee garden would have some brightest minds. Not only that but I do my homework there all the time, too.

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Then in 2013, Department of ASL/Deaf Studies gave me the ultimate prize: Full scholarship and I accepted the award. The Chair and Dean of the Graduate and Professional Studies Program who is now a Provost approved the letter. Remember, they both are hearing with all the privileges they have. I moved to Washington, D.C. and took the risk. Even my mother warned me that she thought something would happen badly to me. I told my sweet mother, “I have to take the risk because it is the only way I can heal my life”–good enough, my mother was right.

As a Deaf returning citizen, I worked very hard to turn my life around even if it is 30 years ago–unfortunately, I witnessed horrifying mental abuses inside Gallaudet: Chair for Department of ASL/Deaf Studies, Director for Department of Public Safety, Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs, Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services, ASL/Deaf Studies coordinator, Director of Mental Health Center and even couple of other professors and associate professors.

I was chained to trees and walls. The experience was one of the worst I ever dealt with. Gallaudet University treats Deaf returning citizens like they are in cages, enslaved by chains, and make sure they are all part of dying humanity. They were all attempting to murder my life and made sure I was the laughingstock (a person subjected to general mockery or ridicule) on the campus.

As the academic year opens at colleges and universities across the country, the most hated groups of students will be underrepresented in classrooms: Deaf returning citizens. They had been rejected to show their abilities and the motivation to earn their degrees. They had been shut out of higher education because of their mishaps. It is time to remove the hidden penalty for Gallaudet University to illegally kick them out. They do not need to deal with stigma anymore. It is a mental illness–it is.

Gallaudet University and ASL/Deaf Studies do not support Deaf returning citizens at all. In a meeting in November 2013 with before then Dean of the Graduate Program and the Chair, the Dean signed to me with the Chair being as the strongest witness, “Gallaudet University do not support returning citizens. They are always the worst people on Earth.” I was very surprised what the Dean said and the Chair did not even say anything. The Chair was really scared of his boss.

I was so ready to walk out of the meeting and the Dean signed to me, “Go ahead. I dare you to leave the meeting.” then I realized that I needed to be strong about this. My mistake is that I did not present a lawyer in the Dean’s office. I decided to write this because what I did when I was a 12 YEARS OLD preadolescent was, of course, terrible, it was more than long time ago, 30 years ago. All I want to lead a normal life.

It sends a clear message that bigotry of Deaf returning citizens is allowed at Gallaudet University, now home of mentality plantation. It is also the center of mental condition to make sure Deaf returning citizens suffer with their own stales, socially created traumas, stigmatizations, which had actually destroyed their lives for their own pleasure.

This is only beginning. I have more to write. There are another people that are yet to be named. Those people robbed and destroyed my life. They will deny that the fact that they had done to me. They live in white lies. I was disgusted by those people’s selfish, hate-filled attacks on my life.

That is why I am so ready to tell it all. No more bullshit! The truth will come out. Remember,”dying humanity”–part of my life is all what it matters the most to them.

Yes, Deaf returning citizen is a human right.

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Desmond Tutu is Awesome!

My New Deafhood Journey: Gallaudet University I wrote in 2013–a week before I begin my graduate studies. Link below:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2013/08/24/my-new-deafhood-journey-gallaudet-university-2/

-JT

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My New Deafhood Journey: Gallaudet University

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When I first visited Gallaudet in 2010, it was one of my life’s highlights on my journey. After reading many Deaf books and watching educational vLOGS has become significant as it highlights the process of shaping my individual identity as the state of being Deaf.

Gallaudet is about to carry on my next journey of the Deafhood which will carry the depths of subjugation. I hope to see my individual restraint, self-improvement, and model citizenship to expand. Gallaudet will be the allegory of my Deaf experience, first as the state of being Deaf, and finally the citizen of the Deaf world. I hope to see some tone of my personal initial rebellions, then one of authorities suggesting that our Deaf community need to return to its very type of institution as it is originally revolutionized in order to survive as a Deaf world.

Yes, there are Audists out there if anybody who is deliberately and deceptively destroying us Deaf people by omitting American Sign Language (ASL) and his or her desire to contain, through language, disruptive powers that would threaten a restoration of social and political order. I shall continue my Deafhood journey to which I have grown accustomed in many ways. The process of Deafhood journey has reinforced my ownership of my life as well as relegated myself back into the sphere of society. I will make an attempt to protest at those people who try to destroy me and make me behave like hearing people.

Renaming in my journey can also be seen as a necessary part of strategy of hearing colonialism. Justification of hearing colonialism demanded a suspicious vantage point of Deaf people as heathen and immoral, and imparting this consciousness into the minds of enslaved. I hope to see more strength in my cultural roots. In essence, renaming ultimately functioned to reject our Deaf culture is wrong. Our initial resistance by hearing colonialism is paramount testament to the level of forced assimilation as byproduct of hearing colonialism.

Gallaudet has many stories of colonialism against Deaf people around the world. Now I am about restoring political and social order. We need to understand that the ASL is the key in social order so controlling that the language could restore calm in tides. The Milan Resolution has since overthrown Deaf institutions and now needs to concern itself in the matter of forming their own. Finally, Gallaudet is about comprehensive system of relationships, values, symbolism and order which must be assimilated in order to become an individual and self-expressive, and the Deaf colonies need to restore comprehensive system in order to become a sovereign and develop a new social and political order. Individual and national autonomy is the effect of language. I am excited to begin my Gallaudet journey.

-JT

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Lessons from Deaf Arts

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I found myself studying tirelessly the activities of De’VIA, (Deaf View Image Art or Deaf Art), learning about how Deaf artists thought and interacted with stories for their substance and sustenance in art. Like Native people, their ultimate goal is survival. The same truth goes to Deaf people: SURVIVAL.  For example, the artworks done by Nancy Rourke, David Call, Ellen Mansfield, Dr. Paul Johnston of Gallaudet, late Chuck Baird whom I was honored to meet back in 2011, other many talented artists have reminded me a bit of watching a certain documentary film a while ago.

I learned which birds make nests, and which rely upon the sturdily built ones from other species of birds. I found it very interesting how instinctively innovative birds are. The great lengths birds go to procure materials, such as remnants from wasp hives, to create their nests, which is surprising to me.  Such materials disguis their nests and deter natural predators from stealing their eggs. Yet, the western culture dismisses birds life as primitive. The phrase “bird brain”, which indicates a person who has little intelligence, keep on coming to my mind. It is ironic to me that birds are in fact very instinctively intelligent in matters of self-preservation and perpetuation as a species. It has the same sentiments what Deaf artists are all about disguising from oppression by predators, known as Audists. Deaf Art is about self-preservation.

De’VIA artists today are providing sustenance for Deafhood stories and Deaf people cohabiting their environment, having brought home to me the holistic vantage of Deafhood education. Even on my very street, in my backyard, I am sharing an experience with others who have just as much right to its resources, and as my state of being Deaf I can learn from the observation of birds, just how interdependent we are in the sense that birds and we are co-habitants in survival and of the same corner of the world.

In fulfillment of my support for De’VIA, I endeavored to be a careful observer of their work during their Deafhood journey. I have not had the slightest idea how Deaf artists think to draw or paint, which is beyond me and they are amazing. I must admit I have never painted, not much about my previous thought. I used to simply dismiss Art artwork because the Deaf artists are happily working and flying around inconsequentially.

When I first saw De’VIA work, it was Nancy Rourke’s creativity that I fell in love with. Then that was which has since guided me to discover more Deaf artists than ever before. I have also noticed Deaf Art has changed my life forever. Deaf Art work? I have never thought it would become my strongest therapy. Whenever I decided to sit in my living room, I began to observe their paintings over and over. A friend once said that it is an eyesore why I bought many art works from those Deaf artists. Through my observation, the artists do not want to rake the leaves fallen from the tree falls just to be lain strewn, wet, and browned from winter rains. A well-manicured lawn of our Deafhood stories across America still has little greenish pods littered with the fallen leaves.

De’VIA is a treasure that would provide nourishment “from meal to meal,” perhaps until the next Deaf person could be found in the rich blanket of our Deafhood journey. The art resistance are gathering sticks or bedding for their nests to preserve. The activism by De’VIA artists is actually assisting in the transport of Audism bin to remove to a lower place so the Deaf people can become stronger.

Also, their activism further made our Deafhood journey more accessible to truth, which would not need to climb into higher depths of Audism in order to find survival. Further, the transference of Deaf Art allows a greater yield of Audism for years and years, ensuring continued sustenance for all the Deaf people on this mother planet that depend on the stories as a source of survival. Perhaps this observation in minute of the scheme of things, but it gave me an awareness of just how interconnected we all are. I express my full support for De’VIA artists.

-JT

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