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Free Speech vs Hate Speech

Discussing between Free Speech as noted in United States Constitution First Amendment that allows hate speech which is a BIG PROBLEM today in America. Jeremy Joseph Christian who murdered two guys through HATE SPEECH on Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) in Portland, Oregon on May 26, 2017 thinks he has the “right” to provoke it based on FREE SPEECH. Intimidation makes him even weaker person.

 

 

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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/

 

 

We Have the Constitutional Rights to Protest!

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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We Are The Nation of Immigrants

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One Deaf person has adversited in the name of the book called The Law written by Frédéric Bastiat and sent a wrong message. The man also supported President Trump’s executive orders to go ahead and ignore the limit of his authority under the United States Constitution, and ordered the spree of violence directed against Muslims for faith-based favouritism. President Trump favors Christianity over Muslims. Both Trump and Deaf person here are Christians.

Hate crime–often referred to as “ethnoviolence” which was:

first used in a report for the National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence in 1986 to describe an act or attempted act that is motivated by group prejudice and intended to cause physical or psychological injury. (Young, 1990; Bowling, 1993; Kelly, Maghan and Tennant, 1993).

On January 27, 2017–in the honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we the Americans witnessed the most violence-ridden of hate-motivated in American history to see an American president sign an executive order to ban Muslims. The attacks on Muslims were inspired by an intense hatred of white superiority and a desire to eliminate as many Muslim Americans as possible.

Few days ago when I was reading The Washington Post Express, there was an headline that says: “Think about being better Americans” where a Trump voter left a waitress a huge tip on the inauguration day was a political manipulation. The term, better Americans…..is a hidden language that we must live in White world or get out of the country. Your choice.

Even with book, The Law and the importance of “individualism” that President Trump is attempting to brainwash Americans is not working at all. Trump is already running American on erratic priorities. One of President Trump’s worst mistakes, for example, ignoring the Americans’ constitution rights and civil rights–without consulting with the Congress but himself.

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Why is individualism more than collectivism? What about indifference? Is individualism part of indifference? Etymologically, the word means “no difference”. A strange and unnatural darkness, cruelty, and compassion are blurring. Is there a sociological lens of indifference conceivable? Is it viewed as a virtue? Is it necessary to practice hate simply, no compassion, as we the Deaf around the world experience oppression? We are no better!

Indifference is the friend of the oppression, for it benefits the oppressor–for example, President Trump’s banning the Muslims–never the oppressed whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. Indifference is evil. Trump administration had been composed of three simple categories: the oppressors, the oppressed, and the bystanders.

During the darkest times, inside America that was supposed to be the land of the free and bias-free and…hate-free, after Trump sworn to be president, we felt abandoned, forgotten. All of us did become the oppressors, the oppressed, and the bystanders.

Even with the book, The Law—the Deaf man did not understand the full extent of compassion for Americans including Muslims–regardless of their religious preference. Remember, under United States Constitution, First Amendment, Freedom of Religion, was not to be tolerated. Taking their constitutional and civil rights away is a form of aggression and often dishonest tactics, we must be vigilant to protect and support them.

We are committed to promote social justice and excellence. The final question, does the man completely understand hate crimes and bias…and ethnoviolence?  I doubt so! To read this clearly, that we the Americans reject hatred in all of its forms and that we no longer tolerate religious bigotry. In today’s world, we need to understand the message of mutual respect and unity that we cannot afford to ignore them. After all, collectivism is the core and common ground. Individualism is not.

-JT

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The Story of George Orwell’s 1984: Reject Trump’s Monarchy

Stop Police Brutality in Deaf Community!

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As a founder for Deaf Access Justice (DAJ), it is my duty to write this open letter and let the Deaf community understand the struggles of police brutality around the country today when it targets Deaf people for unnecessary bigotry.

Hate crime violates constitutional rights of Deaf people, especially unharmed Deaf people who were shot by police. We must always remind ourselves as well as all others how our Declaration of Independence makes our country different from any other nation around the world.

The Declaration proclaims that we have inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”–The Deaf guy by the name of Daniel K. Harris who was shot to death by state troopers in his car in North Carolina. Daniel was unharmed. This is a good case of police brutality.

Being Deaf and even unharmed was his pursuit of happiness in Our Constitution. The first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits abridging the freedom of speech but constitutional rights of Deaf people have been violated especially when they “fail to hear” by state troopers or police now requiring them be submitted to be charged with hate crime.

Every decent person abhors violent crimes that are motivated by prejudice or bias. Thus, the case for congressional legislation that would expand federal authority that already prohibits some “hate crimes” [See, e.g., 18 U.S.C. § 245(b).]

There is very, very, very rare when people are aware of this federal statute, “Deprivation of Civil Rights Under Cover of Law”, the third federal statute concerns actions committed by public officials–most often the police–who intend to deprive an individual of his or her constitutional rights.” [Jack Levin and Jack McDevitt] Deaf community is tired of being in silence and had been deprived their own language: American Sign Language, and their constitutional rights.

Please read my previous blog post in 2014:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2014/02/21/why-deaf-people-fear-not-to-report-police-brutality/

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-JT

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Why is ASL in Silence?

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Today is August 1st—the day I will never forget. Eight years ago in 2008 that day, my beautiful mother experienced the most severe heart attack, her fourth heart attack in 12 years and died for 20 minutes before coming back to life. I just do not know how to explain this—when I first saw my mother had to deal with all the tubes in her mouth being in coma—I cried very hard. I was 33 years old and healthy. It was incredible. I was there in the same room when she woke up for the first time and used American Sign Language (ASL) in her left hand, “H-E-L-P” several times asking to have the tube removed and confused why she was in the hospital—it was a wake-up call for everything. I am really blessed that ASL has been brought on Mother Earth for a reason.

To be clear, ASL is very important, more so than any in our lifetime. To be Deaf is something that begins with us. It begins in our hearts, in that place that is never separate from the living heart of ours. To be Deaf is something that begins with ourselves that finds it mirrored back to us by the Deaf community. This community, our people, ASL, between right and wrong, between night and day, and between matter and spirit is very important right now.

The hospitals in America can be difficult for Deaf people to deal with when they ask for certified ASL interpreters, I am talking about cheap ASL interpreters that are not even certified or know nothing at all is very offensive for Deaf people. There are hospitals that refuses ASL interpreters for so long that we have defined ourselves in opposition to how the general society has viewed us. We have defined ourselves, and been defined, by that which seemed to be in us most different. Wait…. ASL makes us different, right?

In this time of crisis, it is Deaf leaders who hold out, by our very nature, the deepest vision of healing and peace that is possible for Deaf community to have the rights to get certified ASL interpreters. It is all about common ground to connect—and enter into the collective unconscious. Why I write this because that day when I asked for ASL interpreter, the hospital refused to offer ASL interpreter even a particular doctor, an asshole who refused to believe that she was my mother and I was clearly pissed off just because I’m Deaf and different. After that, I got fed up and became an activist many months later.

Hospitals today in 2016—Deaf people still are struggling to get ASL interpreters. The hospitals need to be criticized on moral, economic and political grounds. Every Deaf American must face defining moments—we are facing one now. We do not need to deal with feelings of discord and despair—not only that, but we should not deal with this to find a way forward. It is all about ideals of dignity, equality, and justice. Today, we need Deaf leaders to be stronger than ever to overcome the crisis and Deaf people are in a moment of human rights to get ASL interpreters, no matter what! It was very difficult time for me that day.

Today, I survived four heart attacks in a year ALONE unlike my mother with four heart attacks in 12 years. I wonder what if it happened to me when the hospitals refuse to offer ASL interpreter or whatever it means. Most recently, about seven months ago, I had experienced pain in my heart and went to the hospital and asked for ASL interpreter right now instead that I be in the “waiting” room for five hours before finally ASL interpreter was available. National Association of the Deaf (NAD) said, “too bad” and moved on. I was very offended what NAD said to me and the CEO did not even bother to do anything about it. After that, I will never ask help from NAD ever again just because they lack in that area due to shortage of lawyers, Bullshit!

There are two important amendments to the United States Constitution that help to explain the rights of Deaf patients at hospitals. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances. Here’s a breakdown: freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, and freedom to petition.

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; not shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 

Here’s a breakdown: provides “equal protection of the law”, therefore preventing discrimination in hospitals—think about that. Again, I wonder—what if I experience severe heart attack right now, what would it look at this hour? I wonder…with all the tubes in my mouth? Why is ASL in silence?

-JT

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The Meaning of Audism: Cultural Hegemony over the Deaf Everywhere

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There are some on one-side of a fence who will believe that Deaf people who cannot hear will never rehabilitated, no matter what the circumstances, and those on the other side of the fence who believe Deaf people are successful.

In the end, Gallaudet is responsible for the seal contains “EPHPHATHA” to make sure their job to determine who is sufficient to return to being a productive member of society and who is not. Deaf citizens who arrive on the campus to begin their education, the administration have sorted out fact from fiction in regards to see if Deaf citizens will fit to rejoin hearing society. I realized that EPHPHATHA is a subject of language racism.

Let’s make it clear: Personal attacks against Deaf citizens and we need to know that EPHPHATHA has no place in our public discourse. We the Deaf people need to stop politicians and their abyss of negativity to tell the stories that Deaf people will hear again. Gallaudet will not shout down or intimidate us the Deaf people because we will not tolerate it. We demand respect. The administration has the master key to hide the truth in order to suppress the power over Deaf people. However, after thinking about it for some time, I am tired of ideological censorship. We can never mount a defense against EPHPHATHA if this is always dismissed as “language racism”—but above all, if you believe that language racism exists, it is actually immoral not to deal with the problem and its survivors. I am convinced; also language racism is real and underestimated phenomena. There are many buried hatchets, including the Hotchkiss hatchet. All former presidents were hatchet buriers. They were responsible for the seal.

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right to freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”—In practice, however, the way this is interpreted varies widely from society to society. Under some political systems, the rights of the general society, sometimes referred to as the language of the general society, and regarded as taking precedence over the right of the individual being Deaf and needing American Sign Language (ASL).

Unfortunately, in the United States, this allows a lot of flexibility in the way the government reacts to individual examples of “free speech” with which they do not understand. In the worst case, Deaf people are always in danger of being defined in another language and can be imprisoned for it. Although the First Amendment to the United States defines “free speech” as to communicate ideas and opinions without government intervention, it allows extremists, namely Audists, the freedom to express opinion that many Deaf people would regard as “hate speech” All in all, “free speech” can be interpreted to mean different things according to the socio-political environment in which the term is used.

Flash news. It goes exactly the same to the term of EPHPHATHA that it is in great danger of being defined in another language and imprisons Deaf people…for what? It would require a lot of plans, and a complete, committed cooperation from Deaf community is expected. Timing will be an important factor as well. Gallaudet seem to keep the term on the seal to cure Deaf people, they are hurt. If they accept Deaf people as their human rights to be Deaf, they will be appreciated. If they talk about Deaf people with full of ideas, they are contributing. Instead, they are contributing for Audists today. Gallaudet needs to stop emotionalizing disgust brought on by the imprinting of biased, sensationalized stories of curing Deaf people on the campus from every corner.

The vast majority of Audists who keeps the term on the seal by “law” make sure that Deaf people suffer politically-motivated hate statue labels—for example, a modern day Scarlett Letter that results in a kind of mental torture against Deaf people who as a result become hearing and lose their basic legal rights. Audists cannot stop Deaf people to continue their pursuit of happiness.

Deaf Metamorphosis translated by David Call, “The pupa in the image symbolizes Deaf person’s struggle in audist world.  When he discovered Deaf identity, he started to change into a human butterfly. After the transformation is done, he started to break out and push himself out of the pupa. He is about to fly free as a whole Deaf person.”

-JT

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Pearl Pearson: A Hate Crime Survivor

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The beating of a Deaf fellow, Pearl Pearson in January 2014 by officers: Patrol Trooper Eric Foster, Trooper Kelton Hayes and Trooper Jason Owens had committed a civil and criminal act. David W. Prater who is employed by the state of Oklahoma as a district attorney wrote a letter (February 26, 2014) please see the letter attached below stating, “Trooper Foster and Trooper Hayes demonstrated commendable restraint and judgment throughout the incident. Only minimal necessary force was employed by the Troopers to defend themselves and civilians at the arrest scene from physical harm and to affect the arrest of Pearson. I have determined that the level of force employed in this incident was lawful and justified….”

The level of force employed by the very same police department that needs to be requested to be federally investigated for police brutality against Pearl Pearson and stop the fall of cracks through our society. The answer: Hate Crime. Yes, Hate Crime.

There is a federal law that includes bias-motivated hate crimes based on a survivor’s disability as well as Racism like Pearl Pearson. Even with the legal protections Deaf people face everyday, they are being persecuted for their sound-oriented failures. Police used bias-motivated in this case even though they knew that Pearl was Deaf, they continued to rough him up. In the letter, “Pearson looked directly at the Troopers and pointed at his ears. The Troopers believed that Pearson was indicating that he was either hearing impaired or that he couldn’t hear due to the loud traffic noise….”

If the officers knew that he was Deaf, why did they continue to rough him up? Those officers failed to exercise common sense and they are responsible for what really happened to Pearson. They refuse to acknowledge that they committed police brutality is highly offensive in Deaf community. There is no way that police gets away with it. I read a lot of stories about police brutality and they almost always get dismissed with no charges.

This is the beginning of cleaning up in cracks of Audism targeting Deaf people. Are they trying to outlaw American Sign Language (ASL)? Wrong! Police who harass Deaf people should be outlawed. Mark my words: Tasers or even live ammunition will target Deaf people if they do not cooperate in the future.

Those Troopers thinks they claimed victory because they are above the law. We demand an apology from them and have them removed from the police force because they flat out harm Deaf community more than they really think.

The picture of Pearl Pearson’s eyes and body were very much painful to look at. The Troopers indeed acted malicious and did not do their jobs properly. Of course, the DA was convinced and gave those Troopers a free pass in the excessive use of police brutality. The system is maliciously broken.

We need to take this seriously to hold them accountable for their actions. You see many Deaf people’s reaction to this letter that they had been dismissed that their First Amendment means nothing to them or media clowns. Police will continue to brutalize Deaf people today and tomorrow.  Audism is still alive and well in America.

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The truth of the matter is that those Troopers with a shred of common sense knew that they brutalized Pearl Pearson to the core. Pearl was literally screaming for help and they enjoyed with sheer laughter. What is more is that the Troopers also brutalized Pearl Pearson without any plausible warning just because the state of Pearl’s condition: Deaf. They actually seized Pearl’s personal property and his invisible Racism, which is illegal.

DA David Prater chose to ignore a one-sided and false reporting. The letter by Prater was depressing to read and made him an Audist at best. He should not write hearing impaired first place. Prater does not understand the violence against Deaf people everyday and he was happy to see inflicted on defenseless Deaf individual like Pearl Pearson. The Troopers were cowards. Why cannot the society make laws making it illegal for police to brutalize ASL and Deaf citizens as well as Deaf people of color?

-JT

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Cops Viciously Beat Deaf Man For Not Responding During Traffic Stop [VIDEO]

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