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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

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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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The Rising Tide of EPHPHATHA

 

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David Call’s Ephphatha. EPHPHATHA! EPHPHATHAAAA! 2017.

After writing countless blogs about EPHPHATHA for years, I realized that it is also part of hate speech. “Excuse me? What did you say?” Yes, hate speech. The long struggle to give meaning about hate speech has established that freedom of speech and of the press is a fundamental value in American democracy. Do you agree that EPHPHATHA is a paramount value supporting religious bigotry and hate speech at Gallaudet University?

Deaf students have the right to have full protection away from religious violence demanding them that they shall be no longer Deaf is hateful speech. The safeguard of students comes first–not only that, but also the violation of their privacy, too. The case of EPHPHATHA was a ruthless exposure of pursuit of happiness to erase Deaf students’ character. Gallaudet University has no right to publicly scorn, ridicule and contempt as in injuring them at all.

The United States Constitution in the First Amendment, section one, “Freedom of Religion” may be one of the greatest trickery of all time within 14 words, Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press–what does it mean when it comes to EPHPHATHA at Gallaudet University?

Since National Deaf-Mute College created in 1864, EPHPHATHA has been blossomed the invisible mode as a way to connect the world of religious bigotry. But, at the same time, the “welcome” of Deaf students entering into Gallaudet University, has sadly allowed it to become a powerful and virulent problem targeting the pursuit of happiness for Deaf students whom have the right to be Deaf. The word, virulent means a disease of a poison.

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The form of hate speech that are directly linked to religious bigotry to create the marginalization and targeting them, to the spread of falsehoods that threaten the generation of Deaf people today and tomorrow. Is that a political polarization, no? Is this a real-world religious bigotry, no? Is it hate speech, no? I could go on…….

PROTECTED CATEGORY= Gallaudet University.

ATTACK=DEAF people.

HATE SPEECH=EPHPHATHA.

EPHPHATHA attempting to make Deaf people hear again, but it is also mocking them–enough! Gallaudet University needs to remove the term of EPHPHATHA–no longer as the gatekeeper of hate speech.

-JT

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2016: The Year of Bullying

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The picture was taken in 2013. Washington, D.C.;

The year, 2016 has been one of the most difficult years for me. I will not tolerate bullying or bullies.

-A Deaf individual who is in circle of De’VIA made up worst lies about me.

-A Deaf author threatened my life and shared nasty and inaccurate information with other people about me.

-A Deaf President for an organization has allowed haters to expose my life.

-Another De’VIA artist shared ugly rumors to other people claiming that I have Asperger’s Syndrome.

-A Deaf returned citizen accused me of stealing my own organization logo.

-I lost my grandmother and grandfather four months apart.

-Oh yes, another De’VIA artist asked someone to shove my shoulder while walking during homecoming week at Gallaudet University. A witness supported me and knew that they did it on purpose.

-A Deaf administrator gave me a DEATH STARE.

-I had a massive heart attack and cardiac arrest—resulting in death for ten minutes.

-This is my FIFTH heart attack.

-The same Deaf returned citizen above wished that I die even after recent heart attack.

-Wait. There are more…..Countless.

I have experienced plenty of hate incidents and bullying the last six years since my soul showed up in social media and in public—sharing my fundamental elements of democracy and my knowledge about hate crimes. In today’s Deaf community, incivility and bullying is a NORM just like President-elect Trump’s new NORM. In the culture of bullying even in Deaf community is not limited to Deaf people, but it is also a national past time.

Research has showed that Deaf people who are bullied or cyber-bullied face increased risk for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal attempts, too. As well as being exposed to stress living in a toxic environment would increase the chances of developing coronary heart disease.

Yet, the cardiologist said that I’m very lucky not to have any kind of brain damage. Usually when someone die for more than five minutes, brain damage begins. Even when I was in ICU, the doctors said that I’m strong as an ox.

I have been dealing with worst things in my life, being bombarded with the nasty words and images about me every day. You all really do not KNOW my life stories. To be honest with you, I am not holding my breath and I will stand up against bullies anytime including Deaf leaders, too. I am much stronger than you really think of me. It is all about developing thicker skin, but is it really necessary? Despite the hate attacks by De’VIA artists, I still keep the artworks because hate does not win. Even those people above did not win either. It is not win-win situation.

In 2017, you will see a lot of things that will make Deaf community think. Peace and prosperity.

Additional link:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2016/08/18/beyond-labeling-the-role-of-awareness/

-JT

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The Invisible Spot: ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ in Deaf Community

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I am an activist in Deaf community—the community I grow to love, and being an activist is who I am. It is my passion. It is my calling. I am Deaf. I grew up in a very small town that had a culture of racism, sexism, xenophobia even audism. My mother and father are life-long Democrats, my recently passed away grandparents were life-long Democrats, too. We were a Blue family. In the town I lived with bullies that I knew of around me growing up, my identity as Deaf had been hidden from making some kind of difference.

It was not until after I turned 35 years old that I found the meaning of Deaf identity and culture through Deafhood book, coming out as a strong Deaf identity. At 35, I started learning about my people and my culture more than ever. I finally found where I belonged. I am an activist and I am Deaf. Those two statements have been always important to me and would never allow anyone to break me down. The presidential election on November 8th, 2016 had struck the greatest fear in my heart and many other Deaf people. Xenophobia has begun to open the can of worms than before.

The election, I almost lost my life—resulting up dead for ten minutes at Gallaudet University with massive heart attack. Being in ICU, I remember watching an election result via television, the fear in my heart has struck powerful word with me. The Deaf community had been viewed as a lonely and alienating world. So, I made a decision to be activist and visible ally in the community. After the election, Donald Trump had won, it was not very good timing for me while I was in hospital wondering how to deal with this.

The American flag, and the “Pledge of Allegiance”—is not what created of Deaf community today and tomorrow. This is not the flag we allow to practice hatred in Deaf community. Why? It is important to treat people with respect and dignity, no matter what—need to be constant source of support. Deaf community do not need to deal with high spikes in hate crimes, we owe it to ourselves making a better citizen. “Pledge of Allegiance” is really racist.

Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, was a bigot. His cousin and cohort Edward Bellamy was also a bigot. The link I suggest the readers to click and read the history behind Pledge of Allegiance.

http://rexcurry.net/pledgebigot.html

So-called Trump administration with the worst cabinet ever in history, Deaf community including myself refuses to be invisible—we need to remind ourselves that we are their neighbors. The best part is to create a stronger culture of normalization.

“It’s likely that our country will remain polarized for the foreseeable future. That makes our work fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice eve more urgent in the coming year.” -Morris Dees and Richard Cohen

With the incoming administration, Deaf community will not tolerate bullying at all. We might be viewed as a minority group; we will not be threatened at all. I hope the electors will realize what the true meaning of American democracy is and make a difference.

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-JT

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