Advertisements

Tag Archives: Muslims

After 9/11: The State of Islamophobia

Advertisements

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.

 

 

Hate Crime: A New Form of Islamphobia in America

 

police-hollywood-tc.jpg

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.

s983152582890057189_p3_i1_w1500.jpeg

-JT

Copyright © 2017 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely coped in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

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/

 

 

 

 

All Immigrants Welcome to America!

The Missing Link: Where is Dean of Students Affairs and Academic Support’s Leadership?

Leadership-650.jpg

Someone sent me a comment the other day, “Based on your observation where many key players do not participate in this event is very serious concern and it needs to address directly to Gallaudet University President immediately!”

The event, Islamophobia Within Deaf Community on March 2nd, 2017 held at Gallaudet University—let’s talk about the topic: Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support. People needs to be aware that the Dean also handles for Crisis Leadership Team (CLT)—and Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).

The Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support was supposed to be “STUDENT VOICE”—for students. That is the key player. There are some Muslim students at Gallaudet who may be on “Trump’s List”—and the Dean was supposed to be the STUDENT VOICE for Muslims, too. Whether like it or not.

voice.listen.student-voice.roshan.jpg

The Dean did not show up for an important event. It is not first time though. The Dean was supposed to show leadership. The event was crucial for everyone. Seriously, it was.

I remember sharing my experience as a new graduate student who came to Gallaudet on scholarship, the graduate students showed up for an opening ceremony in August 2013, and I remember seeing that the lack of invited speakers known as “key players” who did not show up. The Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support was one of them. I was baffled.

The Dean fails to commit crucial leadership and fellowship around students that calls for questions to think about.

Did the Dean understand that the students are motivated to learn? Did the Dean understand the nature of change? Did the Dean understand how to change? 

Ian McDermott and Joseph O’Connor wrote, both are management change experts wrote a book called Practical NLP for Managers in 1996, state:

“Change is difficult, it calls for courage, yet the personal and professional rewards are great. The situation now is such that you have to change to survive.”

I mean, look at that way with the motivation by the nature of change goes to the students who came to Gallaudet University for THREE big purposes: LEADERSHIP, SELF-CONFIDENCE, and HOPE. I am sure that you would agree on that part. It is not that difficult to understand.

Islamophobia is part of crisis. What does it tell you when a “leader” who handles as a Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support, CLT and BIT did not show up when the event about Islamophobia was very important to attend and try to understand their concerns. It was once in a life-time.

Is it fair for students to face with their personal struggle faced by the Administration of Gallaudet University and the Dean?

Why fly under the radar?

-JT

Copyright @ 2017 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

 

 

ASL Interpreter: Hate Speech or Freedom of Speech?

unnamed-1.jpg

As of March 2nd, 2017–The event: Islamophobia Within Deaf Community held at Gallaudet University, the world’s only academia hub for the Deaf—I refuse to add “Hard of Hearing” for couple of reasons. The stories are important to be seen. All the panelists are storytellers.

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”- Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

One of the panelists has shocked the halls of Gallaudet about an ASL interpreter who has committed a flagrant disregard for intersectionality. The panelist has requested for an ASL interpreter to come and interpret for the event when the interpreter asked the panelist what the event is all about. As soon as the interpreter found out, made a nuclear war statement against Muslims, “I do not work for terrorists.”—I repeat, I do not work for terrorists. That behavior is not rational or safe.

unnamed-2.jpg

The interpreter is a disgrace to the interpreting community and RID (Registry of Interpreters for Deaf). That statement is hate speech. We let you know that we are fighting back with any efforts to stop hate speech.

Interpreters were supposed to be the nation’s officials for Deaf—as I understand that RID-certified interpreters took an oath not to discriminate, the whole discrimination and nothing but the discrimination. Given the fact that the interpreter preached a hate speech, it is clear that the interpreter violated the oath, do you agree or not?

Interpreters work for Deaf have been around for many years before RID was founded in 1964—the interpreters have been living in the world of oppression to heal the Deaf community in any kind of form. Are the interpreters necessary in order to acknowledge the existence of discrimination? Why not? The question calls for a clear answer, it does propose whether there is a hate speech against people of color or Muslim in this matter and we need to challenge hate speech in interpreting community.

The interpreter needs to be terminated—no longer represents RID and Deaf community. RID needs to be become more committed to higher education in support of intellectual freedom, the search for social justice, respect for differences, and a belief in collective responsibility for the welfare of all the Deaf people. We also do not need deficit thinkers.

Saying I will not work for terrorists—that is not an important role to play in public. The interpreter does not set a good example for campus unity and pride by means of intersectionalilty to promote its own propaganda. Hate speech is not acceptable.

Are you with me?

UPDATE AS OF MARCH 5, 2017 FOR PROOF OF VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU0qf3o_1qk

-JT

Copyright @ 2017 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message

Trump’s Hate Rhetoric Has Increased Hate Groups

Gallaudet University: How Can We Convince Trump Administration?

We Are The Nation of Immigrants

The Law_Bastiat.jpg

One Deaf person has adversited in the name of the book called The Law written by Frédéric Bastiat and sent a wrong message. The man also supported President Trump’s executive orders to go ahead and ignore the limit of his authority under the United States Constitution, and ordered the spree of violence directed against Muslims for faith-based favouritism. President Trump favors Christianity over Muslims. Both Trump and Deaf person here are Christians.

Hate crime–often referred to as “ethnoviolence” which was:

first used in a report for the National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence in 1986 to describe an act or attempted act that is motivated by group prejudice and intended to cause physical or psychological injury. (Young, 1990; Bowling, 1993; Kelly, Maghan and Tennant, 1993).

On January 27, 2017–in the honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we the Americans witnessed the most violence-ridden of hate-motivated in American history to see an American president sign an executive order to ban Muslims. The attacks on Muslims were inspired by an intense hatred of white superiority and a desire to eliminate as many Muslim Americans as possible.

Few days ago when I was reading The Washington Post Express, there was an headline that says: “Think about being better Americans” where a Trump voter left a waitress a huge tip on the inauguration day was a political manipulation. The term, better Americans…..is a hidden language that we must live in White world or get out of the country. Your choice.

Even with book, The Law and the importance of “individualism” that President Trump is attempting to brainwash Americans is not working at all. Trump is already running American on erratic priorities. One of President Trump’s worst mistakes, for example, ignoring the Americans’ constitution rights and civil rights–without consulting with the Congress but himself.

Individualism+and+Collectivism,+Philographics+by+Genis+Carreras.jpeg

Why is individualism more than collectivism? What about indifference? Is individualism part of indifference? Etymologically, the word means “no difference”. A strange and unnatural darkness, cruelty, and compassion are blurring. Is there a sociological lens of indifference conceivable? Is it viewed as a virtue? Is it necessary to practice hate simply, no compassion, as we the Deaf around the world experience oppression? We are no better!

Indifference is the friend of the oppression, for it benefits the oppressor–for example, President Trump’s banning the Muslims–never the oppressed whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. Indifference is evil. Trump administration had been composed of three simple categories: the oppressors, the oppressed, and the bystanders.

During the darkest times, inside America that was supposed to be the land of the free and bias-free and…hate-free, after Trump sworn to be president, we felt abandoned, forgotten. All of us did become the oppressors, the oppressed, and the bystanders.

Even with the book, The Law—the Deaf man did not understand the full extent of compassion for Americans including Muslims–regardless of their religious preference. Remember, under United States Constitution, First Amendment, Freedom of Religion, was not to be tolerated. Taking their constitutional and civil rights away is a form of aggression and often dishonest tactics, we must be vigilant to protect and support them.

We are committed to promote social justice and excellence. The final question, does the man completely understand hate crimes and bias…and ethnoviolence?  I doubt so! To read this clearly, that we the Americans reject hatred in all of its forms and that we no longer tolerate religious bigotry. In today’s world, we need to understand the message of mutual respect and unity that we cannot afford to ignore them. After all, collectivism is the core and common ground. Individualism is not.

-JT

Copyright @ 2017 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

 

The Story of George Orwell’s 1984: Reject Trump’s Monarchy