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Discussing between Free Speech as noted in United States Constitution First Amendment that allows hate speech which is a BIG PROBLEM today in America. Jeremy Joseph Christian who murdered two guys through HATE SPEECH on Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) in Portland, Oregon on May 26, 2017 thinks he has the “right” to provoke it based on FREE SPEECH. Intimidation makes him even weaker person.
I for one have always believed that any superintendent in Deaf schools who are support Alexander Graham Bell Association’s policy in the bias against the Deaf students. Cued Speech is a bias and manages to weave itself a very haunting reputation that is extremely difficult to catch and comprehend. When it comes to ASL, the bias would be laid on the table and then allow itself to be examined, thus becoming easily erased and eradicated. Let’s call End American Sign Language Bias Now. You see, Poets may take one view; both will delight in one of the most curious of all the curious biases against the Deaf students. The superintendent of Illinois School FOR the Deaf and the team in this manner and for the betterment of all the Deaf students is responsible for bias.
ASL are very much part of Deaf history, believe it or not. Language belittlement and bigotry persist as mechanisms of oppression and hatred around Deaf schools where Deaf children are being housed. It is a tough commentary on the cultural and social life of Deaf children that a written blog post such as this becomes necessary. The dramatic cases cited above are but extreme illustrations of widespread; daily acts of aggression directed toward ASL. I use the term ASL purposefully here, since these acts are nationwide and heinous. It is a hate speech, in fact, an assault against all Deaf children who are well honed in ASL who to define themselves. Deaf children are always in a danger of being defined in another language, that is, a spoken language.
If you want to know what it is like to have migraine, ask a migraine patient. However, if you want an explanation of how migraine occurs—what it is, what causes it, and how to treat it—you are better off consulting someone who studies it. What is true of migraine is also true of being Deaf. It is partially for this reason that he has drawn primarily on the literature—both the theoretical and historical literature and personal observations.
This is a language war in state of Illinois and it typically takes place in a fog of language confusion. The word “war” is derived from the Old English “ wyrre,” which means, “to bring into confusion.” Peculiar things happen to the mind in “language war”, and the person who actually tastes what it is like is not necessarily well placed to understand the psychological processes underlying them.
One reason for this is the fact that “language war” is all about denying other languages, and as such it violates one of our most profound, most visceral taboos—a taboo that goes to the heart of what it means to be a social primate.
Charles Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” becomes highly demanding of any Deaf children’s rights to use ASL today. Since 1880 Milan Resolution, the political freedoms and legal protections has taken away from Deaf children under extreme attack. What major details were left out of the general public about what happened on September 11th, 1880 and why is it not publicly acknowledged in the mainstream news?
For example, Deaf children are current survivors of all the subsequent abuses at that school being forced to learn Cued Speech under Alexander Graham Bell Association’s nose. Wipe off that bugger!
It is called Hegemony. For example, there is a quote approved by the Alexander Graham Bell Board of Directors by a unanimous vote on July 11, 2008. “Through its participation in a variety of coalitions, AG Bell collaborates with organizations that support other modes of communication, such as Cued Speech, Signing Exact English, Total Communication and American Sign Language.”
Isn’t that a corruption that depraves American Sign Language? That is precisely why the superintendent practices hate speech against Deaf students there.
There are many concerns but the big one that needs to be seen that the superintendent allows hearing teachers to become a CULT, for example, P.R. Berthon explains in 1993 the word in Latin, it means to inhabit…and are (ure) is defined as ‘the result of’; this in the broadest sense, one might define culture as ‘the result of human action‘. It is Anti-Deaf Culture.
SPEECH= any action that hurts, offends or judges others;
HATE= A feeling of aversion or hostility;
DEAF= a collectivity: the people as a whole that is regarded as opprobrious, as a source of ignominy (humiliating)
“Silence, when communication is expected, is inextricably tied to the act of ostracism.”- K.D. Williams & J.P. Forgas, The Social Outcase: Ostracism, Social Exclusion, Rejection, and Bullying, 2005.
Charles Darwin, he thought Deaf people were evolved from monkeys and had inability to repeat the same sound implies inability to reason and that is where Cued Speech (the form of Oralism) comes in like eating a chocolate candy then passes out. On the other hand, the superintendent runs its sophisticated, spinning public relations, continues to mislead our society in one of many Internet publications–it is very much Aristotelian institution, they have been inventing its own rules, for example, the key terms to oppress ASL and its Deaf culture and the identity of Deaf in “hearing” status form.
The superintendent knew that Deaf children are not radical enough to commit a life of livelihood of ASL, and “ENCOURAGES” to follow their orders when Cued Speech teachers are present. They are presented with two options in the book, and are not completely sold on either of them.
One compels their head, the other, their heart. Their independence adherence to their own values in selecting trust is ultimately dismissed by school system which has radically disrupt the rule of not using ASL when Deaf students wish to use their language preference. When Deaf students violate the rules of using ASL, the superintendent punishes them. The consequences are far more “ill” than Deaf students actually expounds in their letter. For their freedom to use ASL, they must make the ultimate sacrifice.
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EPHPHATHA is essentially unfinished and incomplete, but it begun from the premise that Deaf people suffer from a deep-seated Audism and need to recognize American Sign Language (ASL) be respected for more just a diversity than one we now celebrate. However, Gallaudet University had been a training ground for language belittlement and bigotry, language hegemony and humiliation, even language alienation and atrocity—and it keeps bringing out the misery out of Deaf people for many generations since and to come.
Dealing with the issues of language and cultural oppression dealing with ASL and Deaf people is possibly the most complicated problem of all on the face of earth, and we need to start an activism to challenge the materialism that hinders ASL by making the Deaf hear. We need to build more vehicles for social change and get rid of EPHPHATHA off Gallaudet property.
EPHPHATHA is the term of language bigotry that is much more than an unfortunate chapter in our Deaf history. It is part of many mechanisms of oppression and aversion in Deaf community. Gallaudet should be about cultural and social life of Deaf people. Why not? Deaf people are always in a danger of being defined in another language, that is, a spoken/written language and by attempting to unlock their ears. EPHPHATHA itself is part of biblical literature–both the mythical and historical literature and personal observations and it is important to know this.
Every society has enslaved people. As Karl Marx (1818-1883) pointed out, without slavery, we would all still be living in caves. Now, Audism at Gallaudet created surplus value, created journals and gave Deaf people progress. If Gallaudet kept the EPHPHATHA term, why are Deaf people paying their education? Gallaudet should provide free education to all Deaf people. Administration knows that it is illegal to have the term glued to the seal and their gnashing of teeth, wringing of their hands only cares about million of dollars and untold political power in Gallaudet community. This is about battle of Audism and we need to drive audistic wedges out of the term. It is at best, none of civil equality recognizes at Gallaudet.
Gallaudet University’s culture with the hidden term, EPHPHATHA actually colonizes Deaf minds and instructs them how to act, live, and behave like hearing-minded people. There is no way that Deaf people should be treated as uneducated, underemployed, and underestimated if they do not follow the term to open their ears. Why does Gallaudet silence Deaf people for what purpose? We have to get ready to fight this hidden term and begin heal from the wounds of Audism. It is definitely a threat to Deaf body and mind. It is like an expensive “cocktail therapy” that is not readily or cheaply available. The purpose of not providing all the facts to Deaf people that has drawn attention away from inequality and equalization between Deaf people and Gallaudet.
“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence”-Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
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