RID got Humpriezed

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Registry of the Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) already boasts the biggest hearing privileges, that would guarantee newest CEO for RID, Joey Trapani one of the biggest flops ever to walk around.

Just for kicks, Trapani had only one year or even less in interpreting experience, and yet got RID’s highest position: CEO through a shoddy reputation that often overlooks his power as a white man with red-hot hearing privileges. Oh, he’s Children of Deaf Adults (CODA)—pffft! I do not care if he is CODA. So what? Don’t get me wrong, there are some cool CODAs and there are some not very cool CODAs.

Let’s get serious here. How could RID allow hearing privileges and oppress Deaf community? The cloak dagger continues. People are allowed to help others and it does not matter who it is. If it is their own, they are comfortable in then that is it.

The major issue of Audism exists in all of us, even RID would go into complete denial and regardless of what and who we are. The regardless of language oppression is what the RID apart and what made the RID being differed from Deaf community. RID had failed to address the underlying causes of Audism and hearing privileges and leaves Deaf community without a guidance to move forward. RID refuses to identify the roots of language hegemony. Deaf community does not need to deal with status quo.

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CODA and with only a year in freelance interpreting experience suffers numerous misinterpretations—deliberate confounding, irreversible misunderstanding can be very costly and burdensome for Deaf community, and Deaf people have personally experienced them somewhere in their life.

What really binds the Deaf together is their culture—the language and the ideas they have in common. Knowledge of cultural forms within the Deaf community is necessary in sociological concerns.

Since RID is essentially important for Deaf community, particularly in its history stages. Willard Willow wrote in 1932, “Schools have a culture that is definitely their own. There are, in the school, complex rituals of personal relationships, a set of folkways, mores, and irrational sanctions, a moral code based upon them.”

RID is not a world of its own. It is not even a world. But because RID is in the world, because it is affected by situations, and because it orients itself comprehensively in those situations, RID had something to teach, RID has offered something to bring Deaf community to higher learning of interpreting. Well, that is something to think about.

In the light of RID’s failure to hold community accountability, it is time to boycott RID. It is time for interpreters to get their money back and revoke their RID memberships.

CEO Joey Trapani and the board president, Melvin Walker, need to resign. CODA and hearing privileges do not belong well in Deaf community. They both ignited the golden age of Audism and the dominance of hearing privileges of their namesake of ignorance, which furnished RID toward the notion of educational proof and has been thrown into the mind of Deaf community since. Hearing privileges–not cool.

Isn’t Deaf community exactly the right place to exchange and debate differing concerns? Perhaps RID has lost its professionalism and respect. RID got Humpriezed. In reference to Tom Humphries, the coinage of Audism. Deaf community should not be oppressed in the name of Audism. Deaf community is a minority of one, they deserve better. RID should be Deaf-centered, Deaf-oriented, and Deaf-controlled.

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-JT

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Indigenous People’s Day: Resistance in the Epoch of Christopher Columbus

 

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Please support Indigenous Peoples’ Day all over the cities and towns in the country, “Columbus Day” is a commonly used as a white privilege label to support to any bigotry, hostility, and discrimination against Native Americans and its use is often politically motivated. That is why I do not support Christopher Columbus’s legacy in secrecy, war, and violence in Native American lands. To date, if Columbus was alive today, hate crime charges without question where the trial is necessary for Columbus.

There are plenty of literature reviews on Native Americans and criminal justice, found one of the literature reviews focusing ethno-violence and found not a single case of Native Americans as victims of racially motivated violence. It makes them deeper than an invisible cloak. It is literally bad! What had Native Americans done to them? Kurt Vonnegut writes in his book, Breakfast of Champions: As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North American for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”

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What is Indigenous People’s Day? It is about celebrating of the Indigenous peoples in North America to celebrate their culture, language, and arts. It is important to appreciate them as part of humanity and it is also difficult to imagine and understand the current strains of Indigenous peoples where they face the connections with colonialism. As for Columbus’ trial, according to the United Nations: 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide:

any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:

 a: Killing members of the group;

b: Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

c: Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

d: Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

e: Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. (Article II)

Do we need to celebrate Columbus Day what he has robbed Indigenous Peoples lives? It should be student-centered, human-centered, and love-centered that we need to retain our knowledge about Indigenous People in schools. Also, it can be educator-led that we need strong educators to bring in stronger awareness that impacts learning. At a human compassion, we all need a healthy terminology such as Indigenous People’s Day.

Finally, it should be Hate-Free, as Indigenous People deserve an education without financial hardships. They deserve a chance to thrive in their lives, without facing hate and racism daily. We need teachers and learners clearly to share a common interest in positive meaning and we need to re-invest Native American literature more often in our public schools and universities. Can we channel our knowledge toward the essentials of teaching and learning about Indigenous People’s Day? Please visit this YouTube video with captions provided:

 

-JT

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Let’s Grab Some Popcorn!

Watching Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump is like a set of movies in order or perhaps a sequence. Cutting 9.2 Billion dollars for Education is a big insult to the American people. LBTQA and Black students including Deaf students are America’s future students that should not be demoralized and oppressed!

Foucault’s Pendulum: The Bone of Deaf Studies

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There has been an educational journey through Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) at Gallaudet University on 22nd of February 2017, Ryan Commerson asked a question for the panelists: “What is your Super Power?”

If I had a chance to say something, I’d say Michel Foucault. The super power grows on the tree of the strongest philosopher, and gave me an idea what would cultural history like. It seems that Commerson is a fan of Foucault as well, too.

He was born in 1926 and died in 1984, he knew how to organize principle of power wherein culture can be studied through the education of leadership, Foucault knew that the power could be a strategy attributable to functions, neither education nor politics.

Foucault once wrote, “My general theme is not society, it is true/false discourses: let me say it is correlative formation of domains, of objects, and of discourses verifiable and falsifiable which are assignable to them; it is not simply the formation which interests me but the effects of reality which are linked to it”

It is important to preserve Deaf culture to be studied through the ranks of leadership, education is bouncing up to the eyes of Deaf Studies, the truth about Deaf people to verify that they are the backbone of the American cities and towns.

Foucault was a genius. He would make you to question your own assumptions about truth– for example, in the Gallaudet halls of Deaf Studies department. The truth is that Gallaudet University happens because Deaf people exist.

When the question was asked on Gallaudet campus, the needs of strive to live by the values it teaches and to reflect them in lives of the Deaf everywhere and in their work as a world community.

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The super power makes all the difference to become more committed to higher education in support of intellectual freedom, the search for social justice, respect for differences, and a belief in collective responsibility for the welfare of all the Deaf people. Reading Foucault’s books would worth your time! It’d be proper to call the title, Foucault’s Pendulum: The Bone of Deaf Studies.

-JT

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Sec.of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Needs to Be Evicted

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Experiencing without public education, I would not be the same. When I first learned about Betsy DeVos’s nomination as Secretary of Education in Trump’s cabinet, I do not support her education philosophy. The most painful thing what DeVos had violated the rights of children with disabilities.

I write to let you know that I am a Deaf citizen, I was very thankful for public education, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may not be perfect, but I learned and survived through practical applications of the public education, and learn the historical and contemporary socialized thought processes. The dynamics of public education require the skills necessary for comprehending diversity-related issues ad content; identifying and consciously constructing ideology; and sign language and written English in a higher education.

All of which comprise the tools exemplified by the practice and study of appreciation what public education is about. The public education is also understood as necessary for social transformation because it easily bypasses the usual order of perception. DeVos encourages the opposite of intensification of building stronger public education in their classrooms by practicing on education oppression of every kind, charting and making images of the public education to put all the power in DeVos’s hands to hold the highest privilege.

Public education or schools are the chain of justice and no one can take away from us. Not even DeVos. The experience I had learned through public education gave me an academic freedom I care the most. Public education do not need criticism. For DeVos to criticize public schools is big no-no.

Also, for Betsy DeVos to understand that she may be fearful of outside influence that she does not believe that IDEA showed enough success. A website says:

Tim Kaine: But I’m asking you a should question. Whether they are not we’ll, get into that later. Should all schools that receive taxpayer funding be required to meet the requirements of the individuals with Disabilities in education?

Betsy DeVos: I think that is a matter that’s best left to the states.

Tim Kaine: So states, some states might be good to kids with disabilities and other states might not be so good and then what? People could just move around the country if they don’t like other kids been treated?

Betsy DeVos: I think that’s an issue that’s best left to the states.

Tim Kaine: What about the federal requirement? It’s a federal law the individuals with Disabilities Education Act? Let’s limit the federal funding. If schools receive federal funding should they be required to follow federal law?

I was thankful for IDEA.

My interest is in coming the phobia term to describe a type of fear that exists only for Betsy DeVos; Yes, it has yet to be found in a reference book or medical paper but it has to be confirmed by the medical profession. So I began to think of the name of a phobia that best describe it.

Dikephobia (fear of justice)

Eleutherophobia (fear of freedom)

Enosiophobia (fear of criticism)

Epistemophobia (fear of knowledge)

Xenophobia (fear of outside influence)

DeVos thinks it is OK to be normal to show fear has been a prototype elsewhere as well. It also shows that DeVos failed her insightful education of the material and her thoughtful perception of written materials and it is important to people with disabilities, Deaf people and myself. It shows the ignorance of DeVos’s compassion. Many Deaf people got MA’s, MS’s and Ph.Ds because of their contribution and time through public schools they received during their young lives. No one can take that away.

With Betsy DeVos taking the helm by being the Secretary of Education, we will rekindle ourselves to protect public education and schools at all cost. We need to become highly sophisticated in our language. DeVos need to learn and listen from all the people, educators, alumni and alumnus of public education that we will continue our higher learning among future students.

We do not need DeVos’s nomination to be performed even within the Deaf community. It has yet to stop marketing itself and treating Deaf people as its consumers. It should develop and share much needed higher education characteristics including the following:

A commitment to protect the academic use of public education; A commitment to intellectual excellence and responsiveness in public schools; A commitment to a teaching and learning environment in public education;

DeVos must be responsible for not being truth and her credentials shows community accountability to fail the accomplishments and the value of public education’s philosophy.

Please do not give Betsy DeVos the green light to run the education department when she does not have any experience and shows the most visible phobia towards public education or schools. When it is OK for her to say: “I think that is a matter that’s best left to the states” in the matter of federal funding for IDEA is not good at all. We must remain to keep our educational rights.

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-JT

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