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Tag Archives: Hearing Privileges

Gallaudet University: Audism Still Exist in 2018?

After reading this book tonight, we need to bring up critical thinking and how we can challenge Audism and give Deaf students the quality of higher learning in ASL and Deaf-centered environment at Gallaudet University.

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The Proof of Cued Speech Use at ISD

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IKEA: Taking Responsibility-A Privilege

Jason “JT” Tozier shares his raw experience while working for IKEA from 2007-2010 in Portland, Oregon. His stories shows plenty of Audism. Two weeks before he walked out of IKEA for good, he was reading a book, “Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood” that gave him huge eye-opener thanks to Marvin Miller who suggested him to read the book. It is part of his Deafhood Journey.

From Rejection of Deaf People in Hollywood Industry

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Ah, people has asking me what are my thoughts about the latest movie, “Wonderstruck” from what I understand that there were hearing people who pretended to be Deaf– has shed light on what hearing privileges really mean when they attack Deaf people and steal the image from them as well as free speech, too. I am not writing about the law or the Constitution, I am writing about how hearing actors or actresses hijack the system and using it to amplify oppression as a message. The illustration above was drawn by Brian Selznik.

I continue to be amazed by the unnecessary cruelty of the Hollywood industry, which has again taken aim at the most vulnerable members of the society in the name of language hegemony. Isn’t Hollywood industry was supposed to be the “civil rights and human rights” safeguard to protect Deaf people from unequal treatment? Obviously not. It is not the first time what Julianna Moore has continue to be ignorant about the importance of Deaf Studies in recent memory.

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A graphic created by Amber Zion–Deaf person with plenty of talent!

This is the time to think about that there are plenty of Deaf talent can do to stop exploitation of Hollywood to hire hearing actors or actress to act as Deaf. We need to educate them in anti-bias and anti-bullying discourses. Can we educate them with effective tactics that defuse exploitation before they can trigger over time into the kind of systematic oppression?

When Deaf people show the world that they have talent in acting with better eye movements, learns of people with hearing privileges and deceit, they essentially disowns Deaf citizens and implore them to shut up and stay in the cell in order to allow them to beat their appearance up and harm their reputations. Again, when Deaf citizens learn that the oppression in Hollywood have been returned to be practiced, they are suffering in the hands of oppressors. Oh, the sentencing of their fate!

We are tired of the worst oppression over the past year that a well-known Hollywood actress has again stepped over Deaf people just like stamped out Audism! Did Hollywood really acknowledge their errors? No. Instead, in the days since, oppression of Deaf people in Hollywood scenes, they would probably refuse to acknowledge their mistakes. All evidence to the contrary, Hollywood have continued to insist on Julianna Moore’s false version as a Deaf person, ignoring the grief of Deaf community, who are trying to make an attempt to educate the society that there are plenty of Deaf people who can show their talents.

Even a Deaf administrator and moderator for Deaf Talent Guild News wrote, “I do not wish to see any more posts critical of Julianna Moore for taking the deaf adult role nor discussing plans for a boycott of the movie Wonderstruck, which frankly in my opinion would be counter productive. I know some of you may not have fond opinions of her after reading the news of what she did…she may have already realized by now she made a mistake; let her be.”

Umm, excuse me, what about the pain what Deaf community has suffered? Where is the compassion? This is a disgrace. We are talking about the opportunity—no longer in the invisible hand. Isn’t Hollywood supposed to be the land of the opportunity? Deaf people on Mother Earth have a reason–know no life other than America. Can we even recognize Hollywood’s America?

I want to make it clear that this is not hoax or an exaggeration. I have been personally embarrassed by this whole ordeal, but out of continued frustration, I find it now necessary to write about what occurred in Hollywood. I feel that least writing this post could help start healing process. When I had been chosen to as an actor for Deafhood Monologues in Washington, D.C.—I understood the importance of Deaf talent where Julianna Moore has twice oppressed the Deaf community—with the quote below:

You will know you are completely done with something when you give it up and feel freedom instead of loss”.—Emily Maroutain

-JT

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References:

https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2012/januaryfebruary/feature/deaf-meets-wonderstruck

 

Hearing Privileges: Why Deaf People are Denied for Access

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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David Call: Stop Taking Credit

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I need to set the record straight. There are not honest people in Deaf community anymore—which is sad. Yes, I have been giving away too many “credit” to other people because I love Deaf community and believe in helping other Deaf people and that is who I am. I have been a scholar winning awards more than people can really think who I am despite that I am a Deaf returned citizen and they would not give me a credit—very lame. It is all about one sided salacious stories without showing both sides of the issue many times.

Have those people lost the ability to learn not to judge Deaf returning citizens while maintaining a culture of civility and respect? Incivility and disrespect seem to have only increased, threatening the very nature of democracy. In the most recent example of not giving me the credit that I was the one who wrote countless blogs and did a lot of homework on my own about EPHPHATHA—the seal on Gallaudet’s emblem.

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I also need to set the record that the late Carl Schroeder asked me to do research about EPHPHATHA on my own and I thank him for believing in me. He was THE ONE who told me about it—how did it happen? Well, I was auditioning for Deafhood Monologues that time and saw a seal on the podium right there and took the picture and went home and did a lot of research—then that was where I became very motivated to write about it. The Deaf artist, David Call did not know anything about EPHPHATHA until I mentioned to him. I will be more than happy to take pictures of all the e-mails between me and David Call. No problem!

Then there was one of the first red flags that David Call refused to credit me—only Charles Katz—his ghostwriting buddy when he was the “one” who corrected the spelling of EPHPHATHA. It was all about himself. Then I had to straight it out with him and asked him why he was not telling the truth in the first place. The first picture below:

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Then he “apologized”—which I had forgiven him with e-mail below then he made a linocut print about EPHPHATHA which I purchased it from him. On Oct 25, 2013, at 7:00 PM, davcall@aol.com wrote:

Hi,
I wasnt pay attention to what you were trying to tell me that the word was spelled wrong until another person, Charles Katz, in FB told me that it was spelled wrong. That is when I realized oh! that is what you was trying to tell me. Other person who told me about spelling error is also a scholar like you. I guess it takes two scholars to make me realize my spelling error!  Both of you caught my spelling error before I carve the linocut. Thanks for saving me countless hours of wasted linocut carving!

DC

Also, I need to make it clear that I am tired of being the “BAD PERSON” here and get blamed for everything.

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David Call made a linocut print for President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano that showed EPHPHATHA in there with the ladder breaking into the floor and gave her a gift when she was in Bay area. Now the print is hanging in her office. Just WOW!!!!! He would not have done it without my countless knowledge. I feel very foolish than anything right now. I was shocked that night.

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-JT

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Deaf Access Justice: Officer Betsy Shelby Used Hearing Privileges!

My #hearingprivilege Hashtags

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#hearingprivilege When I study hearing privileges in signing community, I get serious.

#hearingprivilege Experiencing hate crime is an exact reflection of my character through my life

#hearingprivilege To suppress ASL is to deny the history of all the Deaf.

#hearingprivilege Hate crime is a high risk of communication that is capable of denying freedom.

-JT

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