AGBell: Friday the 13th

Is Alexander Graham Bell the reason he brought a curse to the Deaf community on Friday the 13th?

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George Veditz: Gallaudet University Extension Among the Deaf

After doing research at Library of Congress today, I found something interesting to share with the Deaf community what George Veditz shares his concern in this important writing to warn us about the future of higher education at Gallaudet College/University. Happy birthday, Mr. George Veditz!

Starbucks: The First U.S. Signing Store Outclass Surdophobia

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Today was grand opening for America’s first signing Starbucks store in Washington, D.C., the home of Deaf-centered ghosts, where Deaf leader Robert P. MacGregor was a presence as an alumnus for the world’s first Deaf university, made a powerful quote,

The utmost extreme to which tyranny can go when its mailed hand descends upon a conquered people is the proscription of their national language. What heinous crime have the deaf been guilty of that their language should be proscribed?”

George Veditz:

As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve signs in their old purity. It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people.”

Thank you, Starbucks for recognizing American Sign Language (ASL) as Deaf people’s national language, and dedicate to renew ASL by continuing the quest to realize our nation’s highest ideals, supporting ASL caused by social change and social justice, and making the opportunities for Deaf employees that Starbucks creates. The artist who created this on the wall in the picture on left below, is Deaf. Name: Yiqiao “Yi” Wang. ABC spelling on the wall: “DEAF”. See the signing in this picture? “COMMUNITY”. Perfect artwork.

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The birth of Starbucks was in state of Washington, in honoring President Washington’s name, and carries the Starbucks legacy and gives Washington, District of Columbia the birth of first signing Starbucks store. It carries the legacy message. We must continue the legacy around Deaf America.

I watch NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Few weeks ago, I watched a good segment where Lester Holt met up with Bryan Stevenson whom created the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. NBC writes, “to remember the country’s painful past, in hopes of a brighter future.”

Tonight, I was hoping to see the news by Lester Holt showing up at the grand opening of America’s first signing Starbucks store, to recognize the Deaf community’s painful past, in hopes of a brighter future as well, too. Deaf people are the highest unemployed group in America for really long time, and it is important to recognize the employment opportunities. Audism (negative attitude towards Deaf people), and Surdophobia (fear of Deaf people) needs to be examined more often in media.

When I was visiting Starbucks this morning, it was history in the making moment, the service that is both ASL and Deaf-centered, and specifically designed for signing spaces. The idea of ASL provides guidelines for better future, citing the highest unemployment within the Deaf community. It is a great advocate in heart.

Changing the attitude and welcome Deaf community to heal their lives and create leaderships in good standing with zero tolerance: anti-bullying and others. The community involvement within ASL would make a ripple effect for a change and reduce the stress of communicative isolation. It is perfect timing because October is against bullying month and shows that Deaf people or ASL should not be bullied.

Starbucks, both its leader in inclusion and respect in DC, did their homework well and recognize the most sophisticated communication (ASL) in America where ASL sows the seeds of human right in 1965. It is an American dream. ASL is a human right. You know, all that sacrifice, risk-taking and hard work that Deaf community stand up and believe in ASL by leadership. It is also perfect timing. Outclassing Surdophobia is the right thing to do. Thank you, Starbucks!

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-JT

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Gallaudet University: Bilingual Mission Task Force

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It is important to have bilingualism at Gallaudet University today. We all know that American Sign Language (ASL) is our most natural form by the meaning through personal of all experiences. No question about that. ASL shows us the greatest skills of our civilization, along with literature in meaning significance.

At the same time, it is very important to emphasize that bilingualism has created all of us in this nation—same concept, as we are the nation of immigrants.

We need to change the attitude by adding “written” English—not “spoken” English as President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano has informed the audience and live streaming for State of the University presentation to discuss Gallaudet Priorities Update to focus on a framework for bilingualism–but there is huge concern about bimodality [sign and speak with mouth] that has been added to Gallaudet’s priorities.

ASL-Written English bilingualism fosters empathy, trust, and mutual understanding. I wonder if the task force for Bilingual Mission hand-picked by President Cordano would aspire to affirm between ASL and English and depend the sense of awe and grace that accompanies an awareness of ASL-English bilingualism.

For example, there is someone who is on the task force team is a huge supporter of bimodality philosophy–which could bring big concerns on that issue.

Will Bilingual Mission Task Force create pathways better education to walk toward ASL-‘written’ English bilingualism? Do they teach the need to heal from the traumas of living in less than a just, sacred and sustainable world that Oralism is above ASL? How can they fix the concerns to resist the further destruction of the ASL-‘spoken’ English hegemony?

“Written” English is important to our intellectual and academic life. The task force needs to remove “spoken” English or bimodality philosophy off the table and expose that written English would bring many lifelong learning process that is the essence of our literacy–in other words, bimodality is all about academic hypocritism.

Gallaudet University would become the university that uses exclusive ASL for intellectual discourses–building relationship in this university to the world. Remember, the greatest gift what George Veditz in the 1913 film, The Preservation of Sign Language, promised our world including Gallaudet University.

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I know for a fact that Veditz would challenge the Bilingual Mission Task Force to remove ‘bimodality’ or ‘spoken’ English–will they make any difference this time? The change to stop language oppression and hegemony has been recognized and we do not need to deal with that.

In 1864, National Deaf Mute College was never about bimodality–it was about educating students in exclusive sign language. Keep that way.

-JT

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Inside George Veditz’s World: Revolution at a Distance

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The Cards Printed by David Call

Mr. George Veditz! Slainte to the man! He is the game-changer. Veditz versus Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) battling over intellectual turfism and this become a serious matter of respect. I decide to name the post in honor of Veditz: Revolution at a Distance. Veditz’s omission of the Revolution. He argues that while AGBell overtly avoids the subject, he covertly refers to it. Unlike many other scholars, Veditz believes AGBell chose to end his narrative at the year 1913, that it was not an accident. The year, 1913, Veditz makes a thunderous statement:

 As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve signs in their old purity. It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people.

George Veditz reminds me of Ben Franklin who set up America’s first library, they look the same. Glasses. Confident. Intellectual. “Any textual feature can be called an accident of circumstances, and can therefore be considered meaningless and uninteresting”-Christopher Looby writing his thoughts about Franklin. That questions remind me—then becomes: Why could not AGBell admit his weakness when he had plenty of time to write thousands of other things? Veditz suggests that AGBell did not want to deal with the fact that signed languages is the answer of all: communication, knowledge, information, and….intellectual turfism or intellectual property because he had hoped it would wipe off the face of earth, if at all.

Before reading below, the importance of verbal imposture that Veditz found the time to examine the language bigotry wherein AGBell verbally deceives Veditz and its Deaf people. Despite ignorance, with proximity, the events presented incongruous versions of sign languages and focus on Oralism. Veditz notes that this sort of contradiction appears throughout, and AGBell’s ideologies are never established. This is a function of the piece-meal nature of Veditz’s world, shows that sign languages were simply ignored. Ultimately, the alienating nature of sign languages and AGBell’s belief that self the function of Oralism that must necessarily produce an inaccurate self.

Meanwhile, it is the gaps that in Veditz’s gaps in strength that refer to the Revolution, such as textual self-difference: Veditz believes that sign languages are a choice to use it in a paternal voice after AGBell’s quote, “grand central principle…should be the retention of the normal environment during the period of education.  [Alexander Graham Bell, Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race (National Academy of Sciences: Washington, DC 1884), 46] shall noted as textual self-difference.

AGBell do not have the final act as speaking his deficit thinking to make decision for Deaf people, in short to fashion for himself a hate monger just like his father and grandfather. AGBell argues that signed languages is what allowed Americans to support AGBell as the authority of the father to shun ASL, which is exactly what the Revolution was all about what Veditz believed in and to deny AGBell’s outline suggest that the real subject of the narrative was Veditz’s words had said it all.

Veditz knew the importance for sign language in ancestry and lineage, and the value of logical continuity. Veditz begins his revolution by directly addressing AGBell, and spends some time on his lineage of preserving sign languages—for him; however, the importance is subverted by what AGBell leaves out of this background.

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George Veditz with permission by the Deaf Artist Warren Miller

In the subject of sign languages, Veditz begins by examining the acrostic poem, which became the all-time poem in Deaf community. In the poem, Veditz’s name comes from social rules and norms thus tying his individual subjectivity in with the symbolic order. He goes on to discuss and preserve sign language, the model of father role as original representative of the law. And in the film, he launched the project, Preservation of Sign Language and told the story beginning from the golden ratio of Deaf community: National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Thanks to Library of Congress, the mother of all libraries to preserve the film.

Then that shows Veditz, was able, through sign language he loved, created self-confidence in mediation with others. Finally, he shows that AGBell, rather than become a master of language, actually came to worship Veditz and submit himself. Happy birthday, Mr. Veditz and I thank you for your commitment. You deserve the best birthday!

-JT

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