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Why Library of Congress Matters Ever in the Age of Deaf Education

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Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.: Guardian of the private collections. There is nothing better than this unique place. The principles at play are much larger than this. I believe in mother of all libraries. Indeed, growing up where I usually carry library card with me all the time, the experiences as a library supporter, my experiences studying in libraries, and by researching, reading, and writing has informed my belief in the ideal that library system, that will greatly benefit of, in the ranks of information that has often quickly forgotten how important it is.

It is with a heartfelt debt of gratitude that I grabbed for the vote of confidence in electing to do this opportunity. I was helping out a friend for PhD dissertation, and I am humbly entrusted with the responsibility of helping out this. Access to private collections is generally limited to those engaged in higher learning studies.

All the books I’ve read about Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Sophia Fowler Gallaudet, Edward Miner Gallaudet, Laurent Clerc, and others long before I moved to DC, but nothing will ever replace this. Now I got to witness hand-written letters by the very same people above. Incredible experience!

Until today, walking into Library of Congress to do academic research for the full day, has advanced issues of importance to Deaf community for truth results why American Sign Language (ASL) shall kept strong, vibrant, and resilient who care about the safety and wellness of where Deaf community live and about each other and how we can grow.

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The collections of documents about Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Edward Miner Gallaudet papers with hundreds and hundreds of letters goes back to 1806 to 1847, was incredible experience. I got to see the old letters written by Sophia Fowler Gallaudet whom she wrote a letter to T.H. Gallaudet had possibly made a history changer in Deaf Education. Sophia was born Deaf, and there was no Deaf schools in America that time. Sophia was a great writer, beautiful writing, indeed! Intellect. She was a matriarch in Deaf Education.

She writes: (keep in mind, it is not exactly accurate words, but I’ll do my best)

I love Laurent Clerc. I really loved [learning or seeing?] signs”

That might be the earliest birth of bilingualism (ASL/Written English) proficiency in my opinion. Sophia was definitely a thinker after reading the handwritten letters to T.H. Gallaudet and she knew that the importance of sign language in Deaf Education would be much needed in the sustained, systematic, and reflective thinking about the language and Deaf culture.

Laurent Clerc must be an amazing signer, that brought concepts and beliefs in any subject to see what is good and reasonable to believe about it, and why. That must have gotten Sophia to invest in love with sign language to understand expression, and shows that ASL is empirical and observable than ever today.

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That letter written to Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet proved that sign language tends to examine data and evidence already available, usually trying to put ASL into a clear and reasonable perspective, rather than to seek new data.

After all, bilingualism is the best thing. Modes of communication are considered to be a waste of mental energy, for no useful purpose. Bilingualism is a path that can be embraced. It might be a process quite foreign to many of us, but today, the peer pressure of western medical and technological science has pursued a path of restoration of hearing through amplification and cochlear implants, but they do not produce healthy path for Deaf people.

It is best to learn ASL and written English will make ALL the difference. Early life of bilingualism would begin great storytellers and create their layer inner richness as human beings. It develops an understanding of sign language, which makes a better human being.

In Sophia’s words to T.H. Gallaudet about Laurent Clerc is the most powerful means by values of Deaf culture are passed on. The formation of Deaf child’s identity is so important with ASL and written English where the stories that both mirror and appreciate that language and culture, and it is our responsibility to push for stronger bilingualism principles.

That is what Sophia wanted.

-JT

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Why Deaf Community Should Not Label ROAR as Hate Group

 

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Hearing people, for example, hearing supremacists whose knowledge about Deaf people is the path of creating a hate crime where they usually experience blatant hate crime in which ignorance had aggressively gone behind the human consciousness what is called amygdala where the hate and fear created right there.

I would like to point out that Deaf community has no place to call ROAR (Reframing Our ASL Rights) a hate group. They are not even an expert. Not take a feather out of someone.

Creating an illegal activity toward such a group to target ROAR because ROAR does not believe in partnering up with Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) that condone bigotry towards Deaf community for years and years.

ROAR believes in the strongest principle: American Sign Language (ASL)—and should not be vilified because of truth in the language that benefits many positive outcomes. The prejudices against ASL that strikes at the heart of state of being Deaf along its most vulnerable fault, for example, San Andreas fault.

I study hate crimes for 12 years and counting, and most often brings truth and knowledge by reading books, taking workshops about hate crime, hate speech, and hate groups, have shown strengths and weakness, even in Deaf community. As for Deaf community, hate groups is vaguely defined, and Deaf community has no place to call ROAR a “hate group” in the broadest sense of knowledge.

Since AGBell’s death in 1922, the bigotry towards ASL and Deaf people have continued to be reactionary in written hate literature about Deaf people. It takes years and years to understand what hate group really is about and it does not take one minute to make a statement that it is a hate group without knowledge. It does not work that way.

We need to understand the pledge to take a collective action to admit that AGBell was the scourge of hatred online—especially from the ideology of AGBell supremacists who increasingly use their lies to practice hate speech towards Deaf community whose their innocent lives has been claimed and stolen. It was not about data. It was about AGBell’s platform to magnify language bigotry and hate towards Deaf people today and tomorrow.

Today, the total of hate groups in America: 1,020—a huge jump in the last few years in the age of Trump. AGBell is the most invisible hate group towards Deaf people is also showing a weakness toward them as the world’s smallest minority and gain of hate groups in America.

Just like Deaf people are the world’s most invisible people where Deaf people has been experiencing a rising climate of hate because of bigots in AGBell’s divisions. The data only offers to hide the hatred ad how much it has been revoked and ignored, the truth is so much for all of us to do in order to become a stronger society to challenge hate practices, especially by AGBell.

Like I said, it does not take one hour to call out ROAR, as a hate group just because Deaf community thinks as an expert answer to label them is a big mistake. That is what culture of hate looks like—the assumption in many shapes and forms that does not meet the norm in the society. It is an act of character assassination.

There was never been anyone like Alexander Graham Bell in America. Never has leadership of AGBell been formed in so many conflicts of interest. Is it noticeable that so many questionable characters have filled it? And, until AGBell, Deaf community has never faced such a full-fledged attack on our most cherished principles: Protect ASL and state of being Deaf.

Clearly, I am disappointed that Deaf community thinks it is best to call ROAR, filled of Deaf people as good group, filled with ASL/DEAF-HEART to call them a hate group. That’s low. We should call AGBell as a hate group instead of belittling its own Deaf population.

In what ways did hate group define Deaf people to escape truth from language destruction? In what ways were those attempts to hide? We all need to remember the truth what AGBell has done with the lessons of the hate practices to continue genocide, language bigotry, and ideologically extremist, anti-Deaf, insensitive to ASL, is a big step to face the danger to Deaf people’s democracy in ASL and state of being Deaf.

Beginning with the AGBell administration, it has been nothing but all one—one-sided community: language bigots, and now, thanks in part to lies and distortions of hate-wing media, where AGBell has attacked Deaf people in social media with its base, they might have achieved its goals, and it starts with ROAR to stop the ideological practice of hate, and it is hardly a hate group. That is against the principle of ROAR’s democracy and it is called: truth to everything what Deaf community should stand for. Do not become puppets for AGBell.

On the final note, we can stop hate and opportunism from AGBell organization and it is without that AGBell is a hate group where plenty of corruption, back room deals even with the data. For 140+ years, AGBell has been the source of bigotry confronting Deaf America. Let’s stop the corrupt abuses of bullies like AGBell.

 

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What made ROAR a hate group in the first place that believes in freedom for civilization? How can ASL protect themselves from AGBell’s lies, disinformation, and its enemies? Can Deaf community we live in return the most important question of all in our lives, to its trust-mongering roots to protect ASL and state of being Deaf in healthiest formula?

-JT

Copyright © 2019 Jason Tozier

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Why History Repeats

200 years ago (1819), Congress passed the law to civilize Native Americans. 100 years ago (1919), what was it like to be in Deaf community that time? What about now in 2019? Do we recognize the history that repeats to belittle ASL and the state of being Deaf?