Today, there are thousands of parents of Deaf children who are now cochlear implanted 40% in America according to VICE—and that is scary statistics.
There are sure to be far-fetching consequences of what is taking place both in cochlear implant industry of the richest and most powerful country in human history and in what Dr. Dimity Dornan, former Executive Director and Founder of Hear and Say made a hate speech towards Deaf people:
“I think deafness is at the same stage polio was…it is a scourge in our world but it can be almost completely eradicated. I believe we can truly make this happen.”
I mean, fuck, that is bullshit and Dimity has no business to make a human decision that Deaf people should be eradicated. The term of ‘eradicated’ means to remove or destroy utterly. Is this not a cultural genocide? It is hate!
Dimity comes from Australia. The cochlear implant makers come from Australia spreading the energy of eradication into America, the world’s richest and powerful country.
Look again—above. One more time. “Scourge” that is even worse. In dictionary, it means, a whip or lash, especially for the infliction of punishment or torture.
Remember Charles Dickens’s story, A Christmas Carol:
A ghost faced Ebenezer Scourge.
Scourge: Who are you?
Ghost: The Ghost of TV Past.
Scourge: What do you want of me at this hour, ghost?
Ghost: I’m here to show you the errors of your ways.
Scourge: Where are you taking me?
Ghost: To the television set.
Scourge: What are those?
Ghost: Old sitcoms.
The old sitcoms…Deaf people are beautiful without cochlear implants. Deaf people are beautiful without speaking and hear. Deaf people are beautiful without oppression.
Deaf people do not need to be punished or being tortured because they are Deaf. That’s morally wrong. We need to take strong action to protect our state of being Deaf as fundamental values and stop the wave of hate crimes and other bias-related including Dornan’s statement.
I cannot imagine that statement in Australia would spread into classroom bigotry spawned by Dornan’s words that later become a global xenophobic rhetoric and created haters to help cochlear implant makers rich to target vulnerable Deaf minds.
The form of harassment is no longer recognized. Dornan’s falsehoods—it seems, to distract attention from controversies and has to do with hearing ideology. Why is it being ignored?
The Deaf minds are the most sacred entitlement of all time. It is complicated and sensitive. We all need to know the minds are practically protected in its level of awareness.
After Dornan’s hate speech statement, it was in order to attack Deaf people and practice institutionalized Audism in historically hearing world. What about institutionalized bigotry and hate, both overt and subtle? Audism is part of hate.
Dornan’s words not only reflected ignorance and callousness about the awareness of Deaf people and culture, Dornan championed the perfect example of hate speech has its roots in worst oppression including self-hate, too.
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