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Hearing Taking Over Gallaudet University

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Gallaudet University as the world’s only higher education for the Deaf is coming to an end thanks to the hearing people taking over. It is literally happening. Are we witnessing language and cultural bigotry, hegemony and oppression, especially at Gallaudet University?

Over, over, and over—we must remember this that this is the world in progress. Oppression is not a progress. Simple. This is Gallaudet University, and is losing ground of the Deaf, and gaining higher ground for hearing people. What in the world that it was supposed to be home for the Deaf?

Gallaudet University will be never Deaf-centered, even the current president is not Deaf-centered either, instead of closing the door to Deaf and open the door for hearing world, welcoming input, feedback, and ideas without telling the truth to Gallaudet Deaf alumni and Deaf alumnus what would happen in the future. It is unethical, irresponsible, and oppressive.

Not only that, but Gallaudet University needs a president who can open the door for DEAF FIRST, who encourages speaking up and speaking freely. It’s the opposite—if Deaf speaks up, she or he would face severe punishment at all cost. It is the spiral of oppression.

“If it is in speaking their word that people, by naming the world, transform it, dialogue imposes itself as the way by which they achieve significance as human beings. Dialogue is thus an existential necessity. And since dialogue is the encounter in which the united reflection and action of the dialoguers are addressed to the world which is to be transformed and humanized, this dialogue cannot be reduced to the act of one person’s “depositing” ideas in another, nor can it become a simple exchange of ideas to be “consumed” by the discussants.”—Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire

In 2020, Gallaudet University already projects OVER 100 PERCENT INCREASE enrollment for hearing people. That is a huge, huge, huge skyrocket jump. Check the link below. In fact, what happened to its embrace for change for Deaf people? This history is our own strength that is deeply rooted in our own sense of place. Which means….hearing people are literally taking over Gallaudet University as the ownership.

1988: DEAF PRESIDENT NOW (DPN)

2006: UNITY FOR GALLAUDET (UFG)

2019-2020: WHAT DO YOU CALL IT?

We are the ones to make ALL THE CHANGE that holds merit of ASL and Deaf culture. Most importantly of all, we need to have reason, heart, and our sense of place at Gallaudet University. We cannot let hearing people taking over the campus and learn the lesson is not to be oppressed of change inflicted upon Gallaudet University.

We cannot let this repeat its history in the near future. Gallaudet University is of no consequence. There is very crucial point to make a statement about this, which Gallaudet University kept it very quiet and telling them to SHUT UP and wish not to talk about it.

Censorship has had such power that Gallaudet University brings disrespect for Deaf culture now and future. For years and years, Gallaudet University denying and neglecting Deaf people’s linguistic and cultural heritage, we need to bring in a strong renewal of passion in ASL and Deaf culture more than ever.

Link: https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget20/justifications/l-gallaudet.pdf

 

-JT

Copyright © 2019 Jason Tozier

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Gallaudet: Censorship & the Punishment of ASL

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Gallaudet University still have relationship with Alexander Graham Bell, a historical figure who owned Audist views or engaged in hate practices—his name have not been removed across on the campus of Gallaudet. The coat of arms by the name of Bell have been idolized a landscape symbol of Audism that honors AGBell that leads to a question:

Is it obvious that GUAA had cited any sentiments in Ella Mae Lentz’s work because of her views about AGBell and LEAD-K? The videos between October 2018 and March 2019 by Ella Mae Lentz should not be censored due to her “tone”–“tone” is part of ASL, too. Is there a reason to cite its decision by GUAA to take an award away with “very careful assessment”, the highest social justice award known as Galloway award, reserved for Ella who have made a lasting contribution to Deaf community?

“Tone” is also an amendment to the United States Constitution: First Amendment. Freedom of Speech. Freedom of Expression. It means any law that should not prohibited limiting Ella’s rights to the First Amendment. Did it mean Gallaudet University and GUAA violated Ella’s rights even if it is because of “tone” in her videos where it belongs at her own house in California? It is an United States Constitution violation. It is indeed, very serious.

Ella Mae Lentz is very much entitled to her linguistic expressions to share her own thoughts in ASL, yet, GUAA is a hell-bent on allowing censorship being shifted control to limit her own expression, so ASL can be sold or censored to the highest bidder.

If there are at least, three people on the GUAA board whom have significant stakeholders of LEAD-K, making the decision independently, would cite a huge role in favoritism, and then it is a problem. It spells out a well-planned effort to penetrate the Audism market, while being stakeholders of LEAD-K, then it is also a stakeholder as the behalf of GUAA to avoid being “controversial” and generate modes of communication to deliberately confound the Deaf.

Ella Mae Lentz’s lasting contributions that stands up against AGBell to stop widespread linguistic and cultural anxieties in Deaf America is a feat.

GUAA board decides it would be best to rescind the Galloway award, so to avoid the permanent fear of ASL-centered, for political reasons, there is a huge banner that says: “WE ARE GALLAUDET: A SIGNING COMMUNITY”

Why not “WE ARE GALLAUDET: ASL COMMUNITY?”

GALLAUDET: SIGNING COMMUNITY is all about promoting more speculative communicative pursuits—oppressing ASL, the language and culture of the Deaf. Is it good example of marginalization of ASL? Is it censorship at best?

GALLAUDET: ASL COMMUNITY is about healthy lifestyle, living by the values it teaches and to reflect ASL everywhere. Students, faculty, and the campus would benefit the profession of ASL as scholars and teachers depends on the First Amendment rights that ASL COMMUNITY belongs on Gallaudet campus.

Ella Mae Lentz, a defender of ASL rights, shall receive Galloway social justice award without retaliation. Her views of LEAD-K and AGBell should not be censored, with a direct contradiction of the practice of American democracy—freedom of speech. Censorship at Gallaudet University is not acceptable and appropriate.

While the answer to censorship of ASL, shall not be imposed from GUAA or Gallaudet University itself, it is also invoking the view of ASL literature. Rescinding an award has reduced to a symbol of ASL politics just because Ella publicly calling out objectionable views of LEAD-K and AGBell, has gone too far in the political climate on Gallaudet campus.

If GUAA board members have direct lineage with LEAD-K for political reasons to help AGBell thrive and grow the modes of communication instead of ASL-centered climate at Gallaudet, then it is a huge conflict of interest and fail to manipulate communicable trust between the leadership and the led.

That is where Ella Mae Lentz has every right to receive an award that fits the character of a social justice warrior. Ella’s work on consciousness about the oppression practices is a social justice award. Social justice is all about advocating for a change.

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Please take, as a liberty in embracing and appreciating the rights of ASL climate and Gallaudet University shall be a bias-free campus without retaliation.

Lastly, Gallaudet University and GUAA should not allow AGBell to engage in a decision-making about which mode of communication would be best thing, instead of ASL, is a pattern of derogatory ideologies. Questioning is another act of avoidance.

Please sign the petition to support Ella Mae Lentz to receive the Gertrude Scott Galloway, Advocacy and Social Justice Award.

Link:

https://www.change.org/p/gallaudet-university-alumni-association-social-justice-award-for-ella-mae-lentz

-JT

Copyright © 2019 Jason Tozier

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Response to Donalda Ammons, President of GUAA

“This is Donalda Ammons, President of GUAA. On behalf of GUAA I wish to correct your misconstrued statement that those two women contracted GUAA and that the GUAA board’s decision was influenced. It is totally and absolutely fabricated. I ask that you retract this particular statement. Thank you very much. We need to have reliable source to prove it. Do we have evidence we can reveal?”

I would like to thank Donalda Ammons, President of GUAA for responding:

On behalf of Deaf community, I understood the gravity in this language; I would feel the same thing. I really do. However, the gravity has to be felt at this point. At the time, silence cannot be asked to retract the truth. Nothing cannot be constructed by the gravity of the language. There is no need to be hurt. An award is considered: “a prize or other mark of recognition given in honor of an achievement” and nothing can replace that.

It is someone who is on Deaf journey just like all of us. That is the achievement we live, embrace, and experience. Establishing relationships with all kind of people, Deaf alike;

When someone works hard enough to contribute to Deaf community for long time by building the greatest difference, this individual going through a great deal of revolution to make all the difference possible in the greatest reliable source. That is the honour of an achievement in this matter. Once torn up, the greatest reliable source itself hurt in all of us.

The reliable sources whom I trust have the Deaf heart to protect the truth from this individual, shouldn’t be labeled as the most notorious, the hurt began right there and Deaf humans should not experience hurt in what most notorious evidence it can reveal in all of language bias, something of a Deaf bias, and the world of hurt affects Deaf community, each of us, one in one, sure, it could be easily denied, and we cannot deny that in each of us. The reliable sources, I am talking about more than several sources, it is painful enough to see this spreading around.

The very same reliable sources very much hold memberships under GUAA with highest regards. It is considered a democratic underground, can we cannot agree more at this point? Whether the fabrication accusation of Deaf versus Deaf, the hurt is denying even hurt more. Deaf community needs love, not hate.

Longaville:

“Did not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye,
‘Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument,
Persuade my heart to this false perjury?”

Honestly, we all do not need to divide up in Deaf community. Really. It requires all of us to be part of the process even at the greatest distance–and it is not easy to get people to become healthy and get involved more to stand up for social justice instead of struggle, especially how important ASL is to the Deaf community today, in the time of crisis, by our very nature, the deepest vision of healing and peace possible. The world of hurt cannot be ignored. Can it offer us the room to grow capacity to overcome the collective unconscious?

I mean, I just cannot ignore this pain and I cannot be asked nor pushed to retract this statement because I cannot imagine what pain journey is like in this situation and because it is not my story, it is someone else’s story that needs to be seen and examine the hurt. I share the story because it is quickly silenced and felt that the message needs to be examined more why it is being asked to retract this particular statement in a quick tone.

Deaf vs. Deaf is the greatest hurt, I recognize that I am no better than this either, it takes growing pain for all of us in this matter, all of us including two women, who had been done this for politically motivated, and it shudders my heavy heart to see this world of hurt happening. As for Deaf vs. Deaf, it takes the liberty away without misunderstanding, is it possible to see lack of genuine higher learning and culture of respect? Truly, there is no need to allow Deaf vs. Deaf.

While we cannot ignore the traits of hurt, when I see a story from my reliable sources, I cannot name them because I cannot breach this trust, I also realize that without evidence is necessarily demanded, and could lead to dehumanizing, I really do understand. Who would take action and respect this evidence in someone’s journey first? Which it leads to a rational argument is what makes peaceful cooperation possible.

Once someone’s story surfaced, the influence through pain is too much and cannot be ignored. I simply carry the message whether it is fabrication or not. Ignoring a story like this is anything but deficit to inciting the mind of hurt.

Sincerely-

-JT

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