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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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Hate Crime: A New Form of Islamphobia in America

 

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Why not America toughen up hate speech laws like other countries?

See that picture above? MAX train. Powerful words. Emotional words. What happened on May 26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon intensified dramatically after the horrific hate crime event. Violence has grown exponentially—more like hate exponents targeting Muslim community. As of this writing, hate and murder have claimed two people that day—it has impacted my life even though I am living in District of Columbia, Portland was my home. My Pacific Northwest family roots are mostly in Portland.

The vast majority of shock and pain have been shared. The world witnessed the most violent single incident of hate-motivated violence so far in Portland, it is time for us to stop hate crime. Enough! It starts with us! Educate yourself and start stronger awareness!

This is also terrorism, an act of demonstrating the power in the eyes of white supremacists. Stop white privileges. White supremacy do not belong in Portland. Ignorance. Self-centered. No compassion. No cultural awareness.

As we cope with pain in a world that seems ever more dangerous and out of control, at the same time, white supremacists beam messages throughout the world that is attempting to demonize Muslims—carrying the new norm: Islamphobia. When I Signed up for Hate Crimes and Bias course ten years ago was one of my best decisions ever. After that, it is my civil duty to continue and educate my own community: Deaf community and how to stop hate crimes.

To my biggest surprise when I discovered that Oregon is now the national champion of higher hate and bias crimes than anyone in the United States TODAY! NO, I AM NOT KIDDING ABOUT THIS PART. It is important to remember that Oregon was founded as a “white haven” and the only state not to follow 14th Amendment of the Constitution until 1973! Reminder: I made an ASL VLOG few weeks ago called Oregon’s Great Racism Roots: A History Lesson. Link:

The 14th Amendment has been part of the Constitution since 1868. Three years after Lincoln’s death. Portland is the whitest city in America. There are couple of skinheads groups, hate groups, white supremacists living in the underground. I would be more than happy to provide the names of groups at no charge.

Why did we not see that it would come back and haunt Oregon again that is now known as the number one in reporting hate crimes anywhere. We failed. They are trying to take Oregon back as the original “white haven”—not  very cool! Those same people who preach hate including Jeremy Joseph Christian who is now charged with hate crimes has made their names more painfully than perhaps any hate crime, even in Deaf community, too.

I will not support any kind of hate and stand together with Muslim community to denounce the hate. Portland do not need those haters. They do not belong there. Let’s give them the exile pass away from Oregon. Three people, two of them died and one of them got stabbed fighting hate.

In questioning hate crime what Jeremy Joseph Christian done, a majority of political favouritism supported by the white supremacists makes things even painful for my Pacific Northwest roots and go through stages of grief.

We do not need Trump’s White America. Jeremy Joseph Christian may put Portland on the map to gain attention to follow the lead, but we sure will empower peace trumps over hate. I’m one of them. White supremacists do not belong in my roots or Oregon in this matter.

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-JT

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References:

http://www.hikeoregon.net/store/p3/Heart_in_Oregon_sticker_%28NO_SHIPPING_COST%21%29.html

https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1794/4561/83_2_731.pdf;sequence=1

http://koin.com/2017/05/26/one-dead-in-stabbing-near-hollywood-tc/

 

 

 

 

Sean Spicer Whitewashes Deaf Holocaust Survivors and Victims

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I am still in disgust what Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary said to the world, “Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”—To me, it is a human militarization language as well as whitewashing America. Do you realize that Spicer also used the violence of hate in denial that he confronts Racism, Anti-Semitism, and all kinds of bigotry in any kind of form?

Spicer also insulted all Deaf survivors and victims—hate crimes in Deaf community is one of the world’s most neglect symbols because it identifies the moment at which he creates white-washing and, in effective yet oppressive language, describe the reasons for growing pain for those Deaf people. As you know, Deaf people were the very FIRST people to be killed in a chemical weapon style. Yes, as in gassing people.

The Nazi campaign against the disabled people begun in 1933 with the passage by the Reichstag of the Law for the Prevention of Offspring with hereditary diseases. The conditions were mental illness, retardation, hereditary blindness, and hereditary deafness. 17,000 out of 375,000 people were Deaf people. 28% of 17,000 Deaf people were under the age of 18. Nine percent (9%) were women who were already pregnant. Hitler created an operation called T-4 where he wanted to see disabled people murdered because they were “life unworthy of life” Infants with disabilities were the first victims. (Gilbert, Jean. Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe. Gallaudet Today. September 1998.)

The word ‘forgotten’ itself is not hard to understand, defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “left unoccupied or unused” and it applies to the outbreak of the hate rhetoric. Deaf survivors of Holocaust, however, were united in supporting all the documents of living in society again.

Why do you think there are books such as Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany, Surviving in Silence: A Deaf Boy in the Holocaust: The Harry I. Dunai Story, Deaf People in the Holocaust: The Extraordinary Story, Survival Artist: A Memoir of the Holocaust and other books were written, researched, and archived their painful stories is important to document?

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Are Deaf people viewed as forgotten people? People who committed those actions against Deaf people has not charged with hate crime, wondering if Sean Spicer is ignorant, while most of Deaf survivors and victims are facing the most intense treatment than others, Spicer do not need to mimic Deaf community. After all, Spicer’s knowledge is heavily flawed.

This is a dangerous trend and the White House must not be allowed to let whitewashing get away with this. We cannot have a society that ignores hate crimes in the life’s most vulnerable direction.

Spicer needs to be fired. He does not deserve to be the White House Press Secretary. He failed homework. After all, he is the most uneducated puppet. He needs to visit Holocaust museum–it is like ten minutes drive from White House. Then once he visit the museum maybe he would say, “I need to realize why I am the White House Press Secretary in the first place” and do not JUDGE those survivors and victims!

-JT

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Audism Free America: The March Against Fear

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There are millions of Deaf people have been traumatized through the society mechanics of fear. America as a nation has also built by Deaf people as well, too.

Every day, a single Deaf person will most likely experience Audism even though they may not know they experienced it. Imagine all those times what they have endured through difficult conditions in hopes of better lives in America.

Every day, they have been questioned for being state of Deaf. The cracks of freedom in the pursuit of happiness have been harshly questioned. As the word, “Deaf”—as in fricative sound like ‘death’—in the world of Audism, Deaf people escape from the brink of death.

Fear. As I looked up the definition of ‘fear’—be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening. We have all faced with primal fear. Fear is one of the most powerful emotions. The book I would highly recommend for any one who have the love for reading–the author, Barry Glassner makes a lot of good points about minorities.

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It is sad that hearing people would think fearful of Deaf people. They are the one who threatens Deaf people in the first place. Deaf people live in the face of fear—not hearing people. It is not fair for them to deal with this in the land of so-called freedom.

If hearing people are so fearful about Deaf people, they should ask sociological questions about American Sign Language (ASL), they have to realize that ASL is a human language.

In questioning Deaf people, do they have a reason shaped by their power, a cognitive unconscious to which they have direct access to patronize Deaf people? Who are Deaf people? What is their morality? How do hearing people understand Deaf people? And so on.

Let’s start with Milan Conference known as The Second International Congress on Education of the Deaf in 1880. The historical start of hate crimes is the dehumanization of Deaf people in order to use them as punching bags. Compound in Milano, Italy and headquartered and campground to train and build up a hate movement.

100 years later in 1980s, Alexander Graham Bell ideology where they became more powerful that time and created counter-movement and believe that there are needs to be funding for AGBell and dehumanize Deaf people’s righteous lives. They want to do:

Deaf people can be replaced. They are all just sub-humans. Minority crime. Collective ignorance. Illegal cover-up and regulation. Coded in one factor: Deaf people. Hate crimes are so invisible even in Deaf community.

It is important for Deaf people and hearing allies to attend ASL/Deaf Pride rally in the nation’s capital sponsored by Audism Free America (AFA). Celebrating 200 years of America’s first Deaf Education planted its seeds and we shall preserve the seeds to grow tomorrow.

I encourage people to attend the rally to be part of it. There is no need to be fearful of Deaf people that include Deaf returned citizens. There is no reason to be fearful of Deaf people. They also are the reason they make America beautiful.

Overcome fear.

-JT

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The Invisible Spot: ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ in Deaf Community

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I am an activist in Deaf community—the community I grow to love, and being an activist is who I am. It is my passion. It is my calling. I am Deaf. I grew up in a very small town that had a culture of racism, sexism, xenophobia even audism. My mother and father are life-long Democrats, my recently passed away grandparents were life-long Democrats, too. We were a Blue family. In the town I lived with bullies that I knew of around me growing up, my identity as Deaf had been hidden from making some kind of difference.

It was not until after I turned 35 years old that I found the meaning of Deaf identity and culture through Deafhood book, coming out as a strong Deaf identity. At 35, I started learning about my people and my culture more than ever. I finally found where I belonged. I am an activist and I am Deaf. Those two statements have been always important to me and would never allow anyone to break me down. The presidential election on November 8th, 2016 had struck the greatest fear in my heart and many other Deaf people. Xenophobia has begun to open the can of worms than before.

The election, I almost lost my life—resulting up dead for ten minutes at Gallaudet University with massive heart attack. Being in ICU, I remember watching an election result via television, the fear in my heart has struck powerful word with me. The Deaf community had been viewed as a lonely and alienating world. So, I made a decision to be activist and visible ally in the community. After the election, Donald Trump had won, it was not very good timing for me while I was in hospital wondering how to deal with this.

The American flag, and the “Pledge of Allegiance”—is not what created of Deaf community today and tomorrow. This is not the flag we allow to practice hatred in Deaf community. Why? It is important to treat people with respect and dignity, no matter what—need to be constant source of support. Deaf community do not need to deal with high spikes in hate crimes, we owe it to ourselves making a better citizen. “Pledge of Allegiance” is really racist.

Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, was a bigot. His cousin and cohort Edward Bellamy was also a bigot. The link I suggest the readers to click and read the history behind Pledge of Allegiance.

http://rexcurry.net/pledgebigot.html

So-called Trump administration with the worst cabinet ever in history, Deaf community including myself refuses to be invisible—we need to remind ourselves that we are their neighbors. The best part is to create a stronger culture of normalization.

“It’s likely that our country will remain polarized for the foreseeable future. That makes our work fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice eve more urgent in the coming year.” -Morris Dees and Richard Cohen

With the incoming administration, Deaf community will not tolerate bullying at all. We might be viewed as a minority group; we will not be threatened at all. I hope the electors will realize what the true meaning of American democracy is and make a difference.

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-JT

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Oralism: The Harvest of Empire

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As I write my story sharing my thoughts about the L’Abbe Charles-Michel de L’Epee—who claimed to be the “father of sign language” which I have my doubts. If Socrates said in a book, Cratylus—Deaf people are intelligent because of sign language. Who was the father of sign language back then? That was 2,400 years’ way before L’Epee claimed to be the father of sign language. The only reason that L’Epee established the first free public school for the Deaf in Paris making him also the father of Deaf Education.

How can it be possible? I mean, who taught Deaf people sign language that time in Ancient Greece? There must be someone who looked up to the person who considered to be father of sign language. L’Epee was born in 1712—the dark hours of wars going on in other parts of world. For example, 1712 Huilliche Rebellion, New York Slave Revolt of 1712, Toggenburg War, and First Fox War—that’s a lot of wars that year!

The Era of Sign Language brought about many changes: economic shifts, the changes of roles concerning Deaf people in society: This was a very difficult time in Deaf world, and is disputed by many historians or is it not? Many changes came into effect. The importance of sign language left out a very important perspective: that of the freedom of using sign language by Deaf person anywhere in the world. Also, this limited view was based on the concept that Deaf people do not deserve political power, and were faced with ignorance from their hearing peers or—hearing supremacists.

Changes in this distorted historical account was made in 1880 Milan Resolution where Deaf survivors from that era started feeling the greatest pain of all through writings. In 1890s, the earlier prejudiced view of history was totally changed, and was improved to include the views of Deaf people thanks to Alexander Graham Bell known as AGBell who advocated Oralism in America.

How does AGBell connect or reflect the addressment of the subject or connected subject? The improved views of history that includes all bigotry, hatred, and language belittlement, not just the hearing supremacists that encouraged hate crimes after AGBell’s death in 1922, even today in 2016, hate crimes in Deaf community has surfaced—year after year thanks to Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, yet, it has became invisible to our eyes—is something Deaf people deal with growing pains every day, and how important it is to analyze history with a critical eye.

There are plenty of bigotry going on today and tomorrow—how much the Era of Sign Language changed the lives of Deaf people, and how important this political and social change was to history, even though sign language and the abolition of 1880 Milan Resolution did not solve the debate over the meaning of freedom in American life.

-JT

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Muslimophobia in Deaf Community

Alexander Graham Bell: The Virtual Threat of Hearing Ideology

Hearing Privileges and Hate Crime

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Since Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell), America’s Master Spymaster in Deaf Community declared in his words that Deaf people are no longer they are Deaf—appeared to close match as it had opened—with sprees of human violence directed against Deaf people. It is perfectly good example of hearing privileges. The bigotry of American Sign Language (ASL) all stand as reminders that hate crime that kills are much more than an unfortunate chapter in American history—forgotten history. To date, hate crime has tended to be very secretive in its focus—making sure Deaf people are forgotten is exactly what AGBell wanted.

The wave of hearing privileges has been all over with the hashtags—#hearingprivilege is what we need to continue to challenge against AGBell’s lies. A great many of us the Deaf are disappointed by Deaf education which states too pathological these days because it is all about hearing privileges. Poor flexibility and excessive laxity within Deaf Education today that is failing Deaf people today, for example, lack of proficient ASL skills among administrators, educators and interpreters, can all contribute to the overall educational mediocre among Deaf people—wait, hearing privileges, hmm?

Do Deaf people today even with struggle to crave such systems, educational oppression, claims of the past, their words in the meeting inspired them to no end, their conduct of words to encompass human knowledge in their categories that must be corrected—all because of hearing privileges they have to deal with this everyday?

Socrates: the same holds true of written words: you might ask them what they mean by anything they simply return the same answer over and over again.

It is incredible that Deaf people are fighting to preserve ASL and Deaf culture today—overcoming hearing privileges. We need to appreciate the wisdom of Deaf people who enjoyed thousands of years in a land subsistent culture, in harmony with nature. Deaf culture flourished, because they took what they needed and no more, and gave back to the Mother Earth, replanted, replenished, and left enough for the other inhabitants of the Earth. Deaf culture also had been flourished until Western industrialization, capitalism, and poor environmental knowledge resulted in practices that forever harmed and changed their landscape, and subsequently, their lives—thanks to AGBell.

Yet, these land-based informants are the perfect “informal” teachers that can assist Westerners in understanding relationships between Deaf people and their planet. These Deaf people are wealthy in knowledge, and they are a rich educational resource that is devalued and under-utilized. Our future depends on the ability to understand these relationships, to learn to live in a way that does not deplete or make poor or inefficient use of limited resources, to live in harmony and maintain a rich quality of life that supports our local economies.

Just as I have evolved in my understanding to sense of moral responsibility, I believe that ASL can bridge the disconnect that people feel with nature and develop a sense of stewardship to protect and preserve our Deaf culture, ASL, our air, our trees, and the list goes on. Probably the most direct impact that environmental learning has had on me is its effect in learning about my interconnections with the Earth, its inhabitants and ASL.

AGBell is piece of shit. Hearing privileges is nothing now.

-JT

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