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The Buff and Blue: Cloak of Invisible?

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The first picture you will see above, it was taken in 1990. The second picture was taken below in 2017: See the difference in both pictures? What do you really see the whole picture of it?

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When you see The Washington Post, it writes “Democracy Dies in Darkness” 

When you see The Buff and Blue in 1990, it writes “Student Publication of the World’s Only University of the Deaf. Established 1892.”

It was the pride that consisted Deaf writers,  Deaf editors, Deaf Editor-in-Chief, and Deaf students who worked hard to give their capabilities to share stories. The respect of giving Deaf people the opportunities to flourish their careers and develop academic skills for the future of the Deaf. Is that supposed to be part of the Buff and Blue life, too?

When Deaf students arrive at Gallaudet University for the first time to begin their quest, the creative path that leads Deaf students filled with notes along with observations and experience. The answer was clear for their well beings. When they see the motto like in 1990, it would inspire them even more. The Buff and Blue was created for Deaf people in the first place and shall give all the Deaf people a chance, it really make a huge difference!

There is a reason why the first Deaf Editor-in-Chief, James M. Stewart (1893) who wrote a powerful column, The Beginning of the Buff and Blue that all the names you read Stewart’s post was filled with all Deaf people’s names. It was an eye-opener and I’m sure it had changed every fiber and bones of Deaf community. The journey has begun in the search of higher knowledge. The Buff and Blue filled with Deaf souls were given the liberty of democracy cannot be forgotten.

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Please notice that I added “Deaf” Editor-in-Chief, James M. Stewart because 2017 Buff and Blue did not emphasize that Mr. Stewart was Deaf.

“Below is a column written by the very first Editor-in-Chief of the Buff and Blue”

What happened? I strongly believe when Deaf people learn that the fact that Buff and Blue’s First Editor-in-Chief was Deaf then they would be inspired more. Stewart became really huge role in Deaf community even strongly influenced Amos G. Draper, John B. Hotchkiss, Agatha Tiegel Hanson’s lives and many others.

Around 1990s, I believe it was 1992; Gallaudet University begins to accept hearing students in undergraduate school and changed everything that includes the Buff and Blue. Were there ever hearing Editor-in-Chief? When did the hearing person break the ranks of the Buff and Blue? It reminds me of a hearing student who recently broke the tradition for Student Body Government (SBG) to be on cabinet when it was rooted for Deaf people to flourish and share their experience in the first place. That is how it was supposed to be like that.

Just like the Washington Post’s motto: Democracy Dies in Darkness. Gallaudet University Administration plays a huge role that oversees the Buff and Blue. Why delete the beautiful motto: Student Publication of the World’s University of the Deaf right under the Buff and Blue? Is that where it has become a part of the democracy that dies in darkness in that motto, no? Mr. Stewart writes in his first post, “There were many printers among the students then and they were called to the colors of The Buff and Blue”

How fitting for the opportunity for Deaf people! That is why. He meant printers and students: Student Publication of the World’s Only University of the Deaf.

The contributors of the Deaf have been always the democracy that sees in the light. Yet, the Gallaudet University administration chose its affairs and instructs the Buff and Blue not to publish Student Publication of the World’s University of the Deaf on the front page conducts under a cloak of invisible.

-JT

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Did AGBell Take the Possession of Deaf Community Out of Lincoln’s Words?

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Fighting hate. Teaching tolerance. Seeking justice. All those years I’ve read books about Abraham Lincoln. I visited Lincoln Memorial many times. I visited Lincoln’s summer retreat. I’ve visited Ford Theatre. I’ve visited Petersen House. The only place I did not get to visit Springfield, Illinois, the birthplace of Lincoln. Not yet.

Few days ago, I just completed reading a book about Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the great debate between them. Douglass was Lincoln’s personal adviser that Lincoln himself had the biggest change of heart all because of Douglass. Thanks, Douglass!

First, I would like to talk a little more about Alexander Graham Bell. He was a professional thief. He stole the phone idea. He stole written lines from influential people, for example, stealing the line from Helen Keller. Look between Keller and Bell’s lines. Disclaimer: Keller said it first WAY before Bell claimed it was his. So easy to see this!

Keller’s line: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

Bell’s line: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

So obvious!

He stole Deaf people’s life. How? Did AGBell copy the idea from Lincoln’s 1858 quote? Let’s take a serious look at those similar speeches between Lincoln’s 1858 hate speech and AGBell’s 1883 hate speech. First, let’s take a look at AGBell’s hate-filled words first:

Those who believe as I do, that the production of a defective race of human beings would be a great calamity to the world, will examine carefully the causes that lead to the intermarriages of the deaf with the object of applying a remedy.”

I must warn you this that the quote by Lincoln you are about to read will be graphic that may make your skin crawl. This quote was the most racist and hate language you would see anywhere from Lincoln [seriously!] and I was very surprised what I read with my own eyes. I was in total disbelief. Lincoln’s words:

I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races—that I am nor ever have been in favor in

making voters or jurors of negroes, or of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”—Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President.

Yes, yes, yes, Lincoln really said that! Were you surprised? Admit it.

Source: Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858. [The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-145]

I am sure that Lincoln may be very much regretted to say this. Few years later, Lincoln toured several Civil Wars, he saw the great pain in Black soldiers who were severely injured, killed, became whether North nor South soldiers became Deaf and the hollow ground that fights for democracy. Stories became Lincoln’s stories. I am also sure that Frederick Douglass who stood strong and believed that Lincoln would have the change of heart after realizing that being a racist is not the pivotal answer and he knew that hate do not win at all costs.

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Douglass saw a great potential in Lincoln who took the greatest power to overthrow hate. That took a REAL MAN to stop being racist and believed in equality. You do not see that like that often. That is why Lincoln supported the idea of 13th Amendment—and abolishes slavery for good all because of the mistake he said in 1858. It shows that Lincoln believes in returning the favor out of love. That’s really big! Love trumps hate. (Tsk. Tsk. Wonder who it reminds me of?)

AGBell loved Lincoln’s racist idea to make him fame and infamous and saved for the best to attack Deaf community. Did you ever wonder that AGBell may get the idea from Lincoln? Just sharing thoughts on this.

AGBell did not own up and apologize and show that it is important to continue practice hate against Deaf people. Did you ever wonder why there is not a single photograph of AGBell and a Black Deaf person together in same photo? Was AGBell a hardcore Racist? That is exactly why AGBell believes in continuing slavery. Same way. Again, hate does not win. Lincoln was honest about his mistake. AGBell will never admit his mistake. Can Racists become better people in the future? Who was better person? What about Audists?

We need to fight hate against AGBell. We need to teach tolerance against AGBell. We need to seek justice against AGBell. Every inch of human cost. The bottom line is that Lincoln overthrew Racism. AGBell did not overthrow Audism because he was at the level of false hope. That’s where it went the wrong way. Oops.

Whenever you visit Cap City for the first time or visit the city again, be sure to visit Tower of Books. Since Lincoln’s death in 1865, about 100 books every year has written about President Lincoln, the most popular president in American history. That’s over 15,000 books already written about Lincoln. If you want to see the Tower of Books, you need to visit Petersen House first before see it. Let’s write 15,000 books about how AGBell fucked Deaf community up.

 

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-JT

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http://clumsyphotographer.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Declaration of Independence: Have Women Been Written Out of History Books?

Chris Haulmark: Revenge and Punishment Does Not Win

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Do you think Chris Haulmark deserve a congressional seat for Kansas? The problem is that he is a Republican. That is one of many red flags. He also have a reputation for driven hatred—by rubbing in Deaf people’s faces back in 2015—Deaf Protest what is now Deaf Grassroots Movement (DGM) and viewed DGM as “prime recruiting ground.”

Chris acted as a “leader” along with his best friend from Indiana by oppressing those core leaders and he thinks he knows the best interests for so-called “Deaf Issues”—Oh yes, he was aggressive and confrontational about my participation as invited speakers and made successful to delete my knowledge through fear and lies and made Deaf Protest core leaders to remove me from the platform. I bet it makes Chris feel good about it.

I was invited by Deaf Protest core team to give an inspirational presentation to represent a non-profit organization as a Deaf community liaison to talk about variety of services to understand awareness training through advocacy that brings out the beacon of hope and pursuit of happiness providing successful reintegration with wavering support to improve criminal justice reform to heal Deaf returned citizens or Deaf inmates.

It is best to understand from Deaf returned citizen’s experience in some of the toughest times through a broken heart and through depression. Yes, I made mistakes especially when I was a young lost boy. I made a mistake at age of 12. I have only ONE felony record in my life and I would be more than happy to show the proof. This is an action that will always shape my life’s deeper than you might imagine. I’ve shown plenty of remorse and of course, I understand that my suffering does not equal the suffering I have inflicted. My Deafhood journey begun.

Chris Haulmark did this to me purely out of malice for sheer pleasure. It was fundamentally undemocratic. Bullying does not mean backing the right candidates. He was attempting to make it more difficult for me to fit into Deaf community and wanted me to be shunned in public. Hate has spewed by Haulmark was a directive outward for his own self-loathing. I will be always long shamed by an often ignorant and easily inflamed public and suffer more punishment. I saw a great quote that I thought I should share with you all:

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”-Robert A. Heinlein

He never apologized or admitted guilt. That is what most of Republicans would typically do by not admitting guilt. However, I do believe people can redeem themselves. If Chris admitted what he did, then it will start by acknowledging this irreparable harm. If not, then put a stop to Chris’s manipulation of democracy. Enough. It is time for more education and understanding about the complexities of bullying and hate.

The questions we all need to remind ourselves: What does Deaf community want of a Deaf returned citizen? Did Chris want only revenge and punishment and no hope for a future, to throw away the key? Since all of us have made mistakes in our lives, no matter what how small or large, do you ever think what life would be like with no chance to better or even redeem ourselves?

The most difficult thing is that Wes Arey, a Deaf returned citizen himself with four felonies has supported Chris Haulmark’s action. Arey knew that it was a criminal act by Chris or was Arey was too naive not to see it? How messed up is that?

Few people see the light of truth within this world of darkness, in the same way few birds escape from the net which has caught them”. –The World, verse 174

That is why I do not support Chris Haulmark to win the seat. He do not deserve it at all. Please do not support Chris or donate money. I will make everything to make sure Chris does not win the seat. Either Arey or Haulmark does not understand what United States Constitution Eighth Amendment means….that is why Haulmark is not qualified even Deaf issues, too. Oh, we do not need more Republicans anyway. Time for a change.

Funny thing is that the official state motto of Kansas in Latin: Ad Astra Per Aspera which means “To the Stars Through Difficulties” and that is why my late grandfather Earl who he was born in Kansas would tell me that Democrats would understand better about difficultites than Republicans. It’s true!  He was a true blue brother!

-JT

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References:

http://kellywarnerlaw.com/what-is-actual-malice/

https://kuinfo.ku.edu/what-does-ad-astra-aspera-mean

Open Letter for the Daily Moth

The Most Controversial Tattoo: Deafhood

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About to get tattooed any minute. April 2010.

I am being tired of called LIAR and accuse me that I was not the first person to have tattoo of Deafhood in America. I do not want to become egoistical about this but I get e-mails telling me that I’m a pathological liar and all nasty messages in the name of the book and I do not deserve it because I am a piece of shit.

They would tell me that Mark Myers was the first person to have tattoo just because people would GOOGLE for Deafhood tattoo and the first picture on the left would be Mark Myers where none of me in there because people make sure I do not exist just like Laurent Clerc that do not deserve to be recognized in France. Please understand that I thank Mark for his contribution very much. Well, in May 2010, we met in Massachusetts for a lecture at a community college for the first time and took picture together. We were proud to do it! We became friends after that. He is a cool lad.

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The reason I have this tattoo because Paddy Ladd’s book has turned me from confused on the issues to compassionate and realize more reasonable vision of better ways to improve our society. There are plenty of conspiracy theories that reject the truth about Deaf citizens today and tomorrow.

Deafhood is my official commission that reports the facts that Deaf people are the worst part of incarceration in form, shape, or space. Again, the tattoo shows an important question: Why do Deaf people want to live in a society that learns towards liberty and democracy for all? It changes my thinking of living in an authoritarian hearing world. It is a stomping ground for once and all.

Deafhood opened my eyes to many things. It is amazing how memory can be stored away silently for so long then have no other trigger than a line from the love of academics around into my brain and I question my validity of Deafhood and preserve my Deaf life. My dedication and self-sacrifice in Deaf community serve as a monument to the exemplary who I am today. I will continue and try my best to contribute for Deaf community and the quest vision of Deafhood as much as I can. I do not care if Deafhood is the most controversial term–or a tattoo.

Eminem once said, “You’ve got enemies? Good. That means you actually stood up for something in your life.”

Bingo.

-JT

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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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AGBell Is a Disgrace to the Deaf Community

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I know that we do not want to remind ourselves today—it is important that we need to continue to grow strong and stand up and challenge hateful ideologies. Today is Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell)’s birthday.

In Trump’s speech last Tuesday standing before United States Congress, he praised Alexander Graham Bell’s name. Couple of years ago, the same United States Congress recognized that AGBell no longer as an inventor of the telephone. The White House needs to know that they did not report the full story about Audism influence on Deaf community, AGBell’s organization attacks on Deaf Education, the environment, and human rights.

The books, The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community, When The Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf, Never the Twain Shall Meet: Bell, Gallaudet, and the Communications Debate, Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children, The Deaf Community in America: History in the Making, Everyone Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary on Martha’s Vineyard, The Deaf Mute Howls, Signs of Resistance: American Cultural History, 1900 to World War II, and many other books.

Those books are part of long line of truth-telling stories. Deaf community continues to resist hatefulness by AGBell and struggle for justice. Across the nation, Deaf community will not honor AGBell on his birthday that has been attacking our society, working to dehumanize public institutions, and demonizing all of us who are different from the society.

Deaf America has overcome such challenges before. We will fight for economic rights, environmental rights, human rights, and social justice and the right to use American Sign Language (ASL) at all times. We must remain vigilant.

After AGBell’s damaging speech in 1883 and 1884, the next 38 birthdays celebrating AGBell had shaped the future of Deaf Education and Deaf people today in a damaging society. No more!

What kind of Deaf America will we leave future generations? We must continue to resist against AGBell, no matter what.

-JT

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Democracy and Freedom of Press Are Our Lifeblood!

My Reflection: Beyond Inclusion

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Wednesday evening, February 22nd, 2017, I attended an event called “Beyond Inclusion” hosted by Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) held at Gallaudet University. Ryan Commerson, the lead moderator in the event. I had mixed feelings though. First of all, within the community service, the panelists did an extraordinary time! It was a great learning experience!

I’m disappointed that the panel was not enough diversity as Ryan claimed that it is important to acknowledge during his presentation. All panelists were white. As what I meant by that, the panel did not invite a Deaf person of color on the panel. In the audience, there were at least 11 or 12 people of color. There was not enough diversity. Why can’t the audience see that?

When we talk about diversity, we become highly conscious of how it operates by comparing and appreciating our differences. In my opinion, diversity in higher education enhances economic competitiveness, promotes a healthy society, and strengths the community of higher learning and teaching.

How come Ryan did not expand his educational leadership in reaching and making a conscious effort to build health and diverse learning environments appropriate for CSD’s mission? The strength of our democracy depends on it.

An event misses out a professional experience like these makes me realize the paramount importance of supporting academically capable students with diverse importance whether the person of color should be recognized.

At the same time, I do not like the term, “diversity” as I would rather use “Intersectionality” myself because of Latin root, div- as in divide. Div-ersity. It is a negative connotation. Intersectionality is perhaps the most critical component in making powerful learning tools.

It is a lifelong growth–a special way of knowing how they are moving beyond surface learning (change) to deep learning (growth). Whether people of color on the panel would make a good leader who inspires, applauds, steers, and stands on the side. Yes, sometimes we would need to focus on intersectionality to encourage collegiality, and to create a setting in which each individual can change and everyone can grow.

Would CSD ensure that it would be a community service where higher learning happens for change and higher teaching promotes growth? Why can’t Ryan not see that, too?

-JT

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