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St. Augustine’s Theory About the Deaf

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Suffering in the Shadows

A foundational question here is what exactly does Gallaudet University expect from me? The legal proceedings, imperfect as they may be, have played out–destroyed my future or even my life.

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-JT

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Do You Agree With The Idea Dwight Benedict as Victim of ‘Administration System’?

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In one of my most recent blog four days ago, The Power of Positive Leadership, I forgot to add “administration” before system. I applaud President Cordano of Gallaudet University made a decision to place the position, Vice President of Student Affairs and Community Engagement, on hold. However, I am still questioned by president’s motivation to make a statement below.

Why did President Cordano of Gallaudet University signed in a town hall front of sold-out with countless onlookers standing at Foster Auditorium, Dwight Benedict is a victim of administration system’?

What does it mean to you, “…..victim of administration system….”? Do you agree or not agree that Dwight is a “victim of administration system“? Do you think it was fair for Cordano to make this statement? Have you seen “victim of administration system” ever showed up anywhere until now? I never seen this statement before.

How is bias seen, written and expressed this time? Bias is part of physical, written acts of oppression, insensitivity, lack of awareness, intimidation, the use of vulgarity, making comments, restricting of free movement of an individual and the list goes on.

Using “victim of administration system”–does that mean it was also part of white silence? Have we forgot about Deaf people of color who were oppressed? Have we forgot about Deaf LGBTQA who were oppressed? Have we forgot about Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Deaf-Disabled people who were oppressed? Have we forgot about Deaf returning citizens who were oppressed? Have we forgot about marginalized groups?

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Is white silence also a white consent? What’s up with that by making a statement to silence the Foster auditorium filled with faculty, staff, students, alumni and alumnus in a white consent when it is named after Andrew Jackson Foster?

How can they suffer oppression at the same time while Dwight Benedict is a “victim of administration system”? We need to increase opportunities for restorative justice for students, staff, and faculty and collect all the data how all of them to share their experience on campus climate. How can we improve the campus climate in regards to bias when it is in Dwight’s leadership?

Privileges? Victim of administration system? Does it mean all Deaf of Deaf families who run Gallaudet University “old school” victim? How? It cannot be. We are the victims of Dwight Benedict’s power. Not the administration system. His power. Did he ever support students’ rights, welfare, and the laundry list goes on?

So, Dwight is the victim of administration system? Does it mean the whole system of all administration system bad news? No! Dwight is the bad apple–not the administration. He is the one and only Dwight Benedict. Finish. Not the administration. No, he is the one. President Cordano should not sign to students, faculty, and staff: You are all in pain. No. Dwight Benedict’s power is the pain because he is not allowed anyone to be above him–just like above the law. This is his pain. Not ours. Negligence, abuse of power, and again, the laundry list goes on. The growing pain continues.

-JT

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AGBell: His First Collegiate Degree

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“….the fact remains that the first collegiate degree received by the famous inventor of the telephone came from the National Deaf Mute College.”-[Atwood, Gallaudet College: It’s First One Hundred Years]
 
Red flag. What does it mean Alexander Graham never received a formal college degree nowhere–but only National Deaf Mute College? What does it mean? Is that why Gallaudet University is still Audist? What kind of profiting is that? Bell’s contribution becomes top secret in Gallaudet’s money. What does it mean when a college degree becomes guarantor of audist-class existence?
 
We need to be vigilant and resist against Audist mazes. The million question: Who awarded Alexander Graham Bell the degree? Was it Edward Miner Gallaudet?
 
We need to be vigilant and resist the mazes of Audism.
 

-JT

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ASL Is Not A National Disgrace

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Alexander Graham Bell 2014 Volta Award winner, Ann Geers of the University of Texas at Dallas makes a damaging article that Deaf children who are cochlear implant users who do not NEED to learn American Sign Language in April 2017 report.

Geers has no right that she thinks ASL is not important or necessary. In fact, a growing body of biased research acknowledged by Alexander Graham Bell Association has shown that the face of hate, bigotry, Audism, and pure evil. This is the face that AGBell looks in Deaf children’s eyes and tells the world that they are going to do about it by eliminating ASL and use listening and speaking instead. This is un-American!

It is completely rubbish that in Geers’ words:

The findings are clear. Children who did not use sign language had better speech and language skills by statistically margins at 36 months postimplant, and these children also developed better spoken-language and reading skills near the end of elementary grades than children who used sign language.”

Karl White is the most ignorant, hidebound and Audist in recent American history is the perfect face of hate. It is time for Karl White to get off his high horse. The self-righteous White stated that despite the fact he supported Geers’s findings. White’s report along with Louis Cooper, ‘Opportunities and Shared Decision-Making to Help Children Who Are Deaf to Communicate’ in June 2017 report that would make your stomach sick.

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In fact, Karl White, who now believes that he makes decisions for Deaf children at his own authority—why is ASL subjected to a national disgrace and makes sure Deaf children would live with their now very public humiliation for the rest of their lives if they subject to the rules not to learn ASL or face punishment?

In my opinion, Ann Geers and Karl White brutalized Deaf children again and again—again, again, again—again, again—again. It smacks of Tabloidism! What happened to the legal and moral obligations set out by RESPECT ASL?

We all need to be aware that ASL is a productive member of society, believe it or not. White, Geers and the supporters of Alexander Graham Bell who believes ASL is bad and they need to take a serious look in the mirror because if we as an ASL society cannot move past this then why even try to destroy ASL in the first place? It is pure hate! Enough of placing ASL in national disgrace!

-JT

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References:

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/06/08/peds.2017-1287

 

Free Speech vs Hate Speech

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.

 

 

No Human Rights Law Shall Expel ASL Ever

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When I read all the letters Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (IRID) sent to the Honorable Julie A. Morrison, a senator for Illinois about SB0752 and HB1811.

IRID president, William Lee’s words: Requiring fluency in ASL does not need to be explicitly stated in the law in our opinion. It was a huge insult to ASL community that the power dynamics of Audism was allowed to oppress Deaf people. It is also a language hegemony. We do not need to deal with educational bankruptcy and struggle with human rights.

Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) followed up with Senator Morrison. I am deeply concerned about the ability of IRID to allow Audism against ASL. My concern has been compounded by the failure exhibited by the professionalism of interpreters to understand the nature of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural inquiry and the integrity of critical thinking in ASL.

President William Lee of IRID needs to look at these dismal facts portend a clear and present danger to the role of Deaf Education in the United States including Illinois that ASL is very important. Lee may filter this post out because it is about insulting Deaf people and witty put-downs of their language and culture. ASL that William Lee and the board of IRID should not continue to oppress.

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I am sure just like Deaf students struggling to learn but getting nowhere without ASL, Lee has no business to fulfill his own desires and the best interests of Deaf community, never realizing that his effort is the problem, not the solution. His own insecurity is the motive to attack ASL and the best interests of Deaf community in Illinois for their language and culture.

Imagine this—can you imagine that for centuries Deaf people have suffered appalling language and culture abuses and the devastating consequences of educational and economic sanctions? Can you imagine that in a climate of language oppression, many Deaf students in Illinois would be neglected without ASL over the years in Lee’s words?

-JT

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Ignorance Continues…..

 

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I was a patient there for a while before I was discharged recently (today) for a heart-related condition. When I found out the sign on the door where I was assigned to be in a room, the ignorance about Deaf people by labelling them “hearing impaired”–a damaging image of Deaf people.

What I do not understand is that hearing people who think they make the best decisions for Deaf people by oppressing emotional experience and reflects the need for understand that Deaf people in our culture and expression of emotion. I mean, Washington, D.C. is the largest Deaf community in America and the home of the world’s only Deaf university and yet, today is 2017–the ignorance still amazes me. Just amazing…

It is an example of how complex oppression is, and why it is not just a hearing perspective of Deaf people on oppression, but a multi-viewed Audism perspective that affects Deaf people all in different ways. When hearing people have every right to label Deaf people “hearing impaired”—Deaf people are not just protesting oppression as Deaf, but as Deaf people with inherent rights, human rights, as well as cultural rights.

-JT

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Open Letter for Britton Auman

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If intimidation is motivated by prejudice or bigotry, the severity of hate crime is ignored. I am with you in solidarity, and I would like to command you for your courage to challenge Gallaudet University administration to remind any kind of bias-related including hate crime.

That reminds everyone to be aware in November 2001; the Review of Higher Education estimated at least 1 million bias-motivated on American college and university campuses each year. The problem is that it was never reported to school or even law enforcement. Do not be surprised if it has broken 2001 record anytime soon.

Dark Figure Crime [DFC]: “The dark (or hidden) figure of crime is a term employed by criminologists and sociologists to describe the amount of unreported or undiscovered crime.” -Wiki. It is the reason it is under the rug.

No one should treated invisible at Gallaudet. If the administration that makes decision and what decides for the best, is this part of society or a social outlier? Normalcy here seems is defined as the use of all of the physical and basic mental facilities common to human beings in order for a person to be considered a contributing member of the society.

Identity is an important part of the human and should be focus of personal growth. It is important to have such a concise way of summing up what ties people together underneath it all.

Hate crime is invisible. If the administration ignores the duty of hate crime what they have not done, “in a thrill-seeking hate crime, an individual joins a group activity so that he will not be rejected by the people who are most important to him—his friends. In reactive hate crimes, an individual believes that he must protect himself from the encroachment of outsiders. And, in mission hate crimes, an individual becomes convinced that his personal problems are a result of some conspiracy involving an entire group of people with whom he feels compelled to get even.” [Jack Levin and Jack McDevitt]

Gallaudet University administration allowed reactive hate crimes on a mission level, giving everyone a thrill-seeking experience. Student Code of Conduct, Section B of the Gallaudet University, Bias-related harassment:

“This includes harassment (verbal or written abuse, humiliation, intimidation, bullying, and violence or other conduct which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or living environment) against an individual or group because of race, religion, creed, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, physical disability, or sexual orientation.”

With all the constant source of support, you shall walk around the campus that was supposed to be bias-free environment, and in addition to no-tolerance policy as well. Hate crime is not allowed.

In solidarity,

-Jason “JT” Tozier

The Tides of Deaf Mind: Uncovering the Self-Hate

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Today, there are thousands of parents of Deaf children who are now cochlear implanted 40% in America according to VICE—and that is scary statistics.

There are sure to be far-fetching consequences of what is taking place both in cochlear implant industry of the richest and most powerful country in human history and in what Dr. Dimity Dornan, former Executive Director and Founder of Hear and Say made a hate speech towards Deaf people:

“I think deafness is at the same stage polio was…it is a scourge in our world but it can be almost completely eradicated. I believe we can truly make this happen.”

I mean, fuck, that is bullshit and Dimity has no business to make a human decision that Deaf people should be eradicated. The term of ‘eradicated’ means to remove or destroy utterly. Is this not a cultural genocide? It is hate!

Dimity comes from Australia. The cochlear implant makers come from Australia spreading the energy of eradication into America, the world’s richest and powerful country.

Look again—above. One more time. “Scourge” that is even worse. In dictionary, it means, a whip or lash, especially for the infliction of punishment or torture.

Remember Charles Dickens’s story, A Christmas Carol:

A ghost faced Ebenezer Scourge.

Scourge: Who are you?

Ghost: The Ghost of TV Past.

Scourge: What do you want of me at this hour, ghost?

Ghost: I’m here to show you the errors of your ways.

Scourge: Where are you taking me?

Ghost: To the television set.

Scourge: What are those?

Ghost: Old sitcoms.

The old sitcoms…Deaf people are beautiful without cochlear implants. Deaf people are beautiful without speaking and hear. Deaf people are beautiful without oppression.

Deaf people do not need to be punished or being tortured because they are Deaf. That’s morally wrong. We need to take strong action to protect our state of being Deaf as fundamental values and stop the wave of hate crimes and other bias-related including Dornan’s statement.

I cannot imagine that statement in Australia would spread into classroom bigotry spawned by Dornan’s words that later become a global xenophobic rhetoric and created haters to help cochlear implant makers rich to target vulnerable Deaf minds.

The form of harassment is no longer recognized. Dornan’s falsehoods—it seems, to distract attention from controversies and has to do with hearing ideology. Why is it being ignored?

The Deaf minds are the most sacred entitlement of all time. It is complicated and sensitive. We all need to know the minds are practically protected in its level of awareness.

After Dornan’s hate speech statement, it was in order to attack Deaf people and practice institutionalized Audism in historically hearing world. What about institutionalized bigotry and hate, both overt and subtle? Audism is part of hate.

Dornan’s words not only reflected ignorance and callousness about the awareness of Deaf people and culture, Dornan championed the perfect example of hate speech has its roots in worst oppression including self-hate, too.

-JT

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