Open Letter for Nyle DiMarco

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This post is written for Nyle DiMarco:

First, I admire Nyle for defying the mathematical odds in Hollywood industry. That was really big. Math is your best friend but it can be your enemy where it can define your life overnight. Just like that.

Second, this is not about Deaf versus Deaf. It is about educating what Native Americans had been gone through. It can also apply to Deaf community whom they suffer as well what Native Americans do. I hope it would be learning experience for Nyle.

Please no harassing or bullying Nyle about this. Either should I be not harassed or bullied about this. Sometimes we have to remind each other and understand the stigma with open mind.

I was cheering for him on Dancing with the Stars show. That night, Mirror ball on a huge TV with full house of Deaf people were jumping joyfully when Nyle won the show. I was there and jumped joyfully because Nyle defied odds. And not only that, he had spread the message in Hollywood about language deprivation in Deaf community.

It is a huge thing.

And I appreciate his advocacy work in Deaf community. Not all I agree with, but winning two shows in Hollywood, as Deaf person understands the adversity and roadblocks matter the most. Especially the continuation of criminalizing Native Americans to be mock, marginalizes, and judges in Hollywood industry.

For years and years, Native Americans struggles with their lives, it is an unbearable journey. Go back to 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed The Indian Removal Act into law, where the law has targeted Native Americans for their skin and heritage to be bullied and removed from American society.

By 1890s, around 95%, less or more in 90th percentage, had shown that Native Americans were murdered, cut off their hair and such. The language deprivation also applies in Native Americans. It is no brainer.

Today, Native Americans suffer from unemployment, cruel and unusual punishment, one of the highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, and think about those Native American women being murdered at highest rate than ever as you can find the source to read online: Police in Many U.S. Cities Fail to Track Murdered, Missing Indigenous Women. It is still going on in 2019. The last two years has been worst, highest. Trump’s America.

Native Americans had also been mocked plenty of times in Hollywood. For example, Adam Sandler, sometimes funny, sometimes not funny, few years ago, there were dozen Native American actors walked off the set of his movie called, The Ridiculous Six because the actors felt offended that the portrayals of Native Americans continues to be mocked and degraded.

Few months ago, there was an article showing that hate crimes against Native Americans increased 63 percent in the first year of Trump’s policy. It has been dully noted in FBI’s data report. We should not ignore that 63 percent is nothing?

Often, Native Americans ends up invisible…and wonder why? “…Especially the hate crime data is notoriously flawed as a result of public under reporting of criminal victimization.” [Silent Victims: Hate Crimes Against Native Americans by Barbara Perry.] When Nyle as a Deaf white man pressed the button “LIKE” on Twitter that Elder Native American man by the name of Nate Phillips who got mocked by White Catholic Boys with MAGA “Make American Great Again” hats has shown the powerful image of mocking Native Americans.

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Nate was struggling with alcohol addiction where he was charged with possession of alcohol at very young age, and we should not judge him on that. That was four and half decades ago and we should not judge him. Nate’s childhood life was hard enough.

Nyle was not even born during that time either.

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always.”

We must understand that in 1960s and 1970s era was really rough time for Native Americans. Especially for Nate Phillips. The society that time and today in 2019 continues to criminalize Native Americans.

There are some things we all need to reflect the history and the stigmatization of Native Americans cannot be ignored. Like in 1960s, Native Americans were the nation’s poorest minority group, and that was bad enough, imagine the painful journey, and in 1970, the unemployment rate were TEN times the national level.

The math when we know that TEN TIMES is powerful and bigger number like an exponent than we really understand, and what is more, 40 percent of the Native American population below the poverty line, and we know that Deaf community is also below the poverty line, too. No?

Native Americans with criminal record even if its 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago, continue to face several problems related to employment, income, education, media, and Hollywood industry. Why do we have to dig out old past about Nate Phillips? He is now 64 years old. That is a cheap shot. It is really a shame.

After taking Native American Literature, Environmental Education through Native American Lenses, and Native Studies had opened my eyes and understand why media continues to mock Native Americans.

Devon Mihesuah in 1996, American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities showing that Hollywood continues to frame popular perceptions of Native Americans. Hate crime against Native Americans is really a BIG problem. We cannot let haters bring Native Americans down.

Police brutality against Native Americans are really high and heart wrenching. I mean, high, high, high that is not even funny. Native Americans are most likely to be killed by law enforcement than any other racial or ethnic groups and they are most overlooked group of all. Like Daniel Sheehan, general counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project: “Native American people are basically invisible to most of the people in the country.”

 

 

We cannot forget Deaf Native Americans, too. Remember John T. Williams? When Nyle was featured on show called Full Frontal with Samantha Bee few weeks ago and it was good and I was very much glad that it has shared with the public eye to understand about Deaf people suffering in the hands of law enforcement. However, he signed: “your training has barely covered the importance of how to interact with America’s one million Deaf citizens.”

There is most likely a Deaf Native American might be as well as killed any time, any day in White America.

There are a lot of White teens and early 20s got away with it. We cannot deny that. No way. Please stop criminalizing Native Americans.

-JT

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Remember 2016 April 1st?

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So, it begins..with on the eve of April 1st, where we were sleeping peacefully that gives ourselves comforting, secure feeling as the state of being Deaf then woke up to a rude awakening where no character to escape in every corner of America’s roads. The Washington Post publishes an article that changed everything.

By tomorrow’s day, it becomes one-year anniversary. It was the day outgoing president of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, Meredith Sugar made an effort-consuming for deficit thinking by encouraging hate speech about ASL and scolded Nyle DiMarco that should not accepted in the society or even his subjective identity. That was a major or even grave mistake of Meredith to do that.

There were been a lot of letters written by State Associations of the Deaf on the behalf of Deaf people, social media, bloggers, vloggers challenging AGB association and Meredith Sugar, it was incredible—more like awesome for the next couple of days! Maybe even couple of weeks. We need to see it more like this.

When AGB associations practice any behavior, for example, hate speech, that behavior becomes stronger and harder to get rid of. In our human minds, we see a person of different culture walking past the street, and people sneer at them. They then become invariably disappears.

Today, AGB still refuse to apologize for its action showing more interest to encourage hate speech, what is being done to attack Deaf people and what can the average citizen do to help in those efforts?

Deaf community is an incredibly special place, and Deaf people are a unique breed of people anywhere. Three-time Pultizer Prize winner Thomas Freidman writes,

Freedom is the ability, desire, and aspiration to live in a context where I can realize my full potential as a human being.”

However, someone once said that, “We shall challenge AGB, no matter what until they give up.” We need to realize our full potential as a human being. The LEAD-K summit asked the audience not to talk about AGB or challenge AGB at all and stay in silence. Then the silence grows bigger. We need more people to continue and challenge against hate speech more often. It continues to target Deaf people today because they are nobody. Well, we are someone else! ASL is highly designed in terms of knowledge, collections, and efficiency. April 1st will be always in history forever.

My older post in 2016 the day after Meredith’s hateful letter then second one later in two weeks:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2016/04/02/alexander-graham-bells-name-hate-speech-with-spin-wheel/

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2016/04/13/agbell-time-for-peace-with-justice/

-JT

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In Response For Nyle DiMarco

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So, here is first Deaf person to win America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22 and Dancing With The Stars Season 22 and set up his YouTube channel, Nyle DiMarco and let people ask him random questions on February 15, 2017, Were You Bullied For Being Deaf?”

With due all respect for Nyle, that is where the buck has to stop there. Paddy Ladd, the author of Understanding Deaf Culture: In the Search of Deafhood,

Utilising their contacts in the scientific establishment and the media, a public climate has been manufactured which once again again proclaims the advent of the ‘miracle cure’ and suggests once more that ‘deafness is abolished’.” (page 159) and “In the case of cochlear implants, for example, one would expect the trumpeting of such a ‘cure’ to represent a contradiction to our absorbed miracle of the Little Magic Box. ‘If the box works so well, we might ask, ‘then why is such brutally invasive surgery deemed necessary?'” (page 173) 

It is exactly a good example of media manipulation when someone asked Nyle a question, “what’s your opinion on cochlear implants in relation to (the lack of) sign language acquisition?” That was un-American question.

I was surprised what his response was. First of all, please remember that I am not against people who are cochlear implant users, but I am against cochlear implants itself. Please remember that.

Nyle signed in 2:10 video, “Well, I have nothing against cochlear implants. I would support whatever a child wants to do whether their parents want to get a cochlear implant. Fine with that I have no say in that matter.”

Do you really believe that a child would say, “I want a cochlear implant” just like that? Remember, in 1989, 12 Deaf children died from cochlear implant surgeries—so do you think a child would say, “I want a cochlear implant and I want to die, too?” Please be realistic! It is the oppressive society (doctors, audiologists, stockholders, politics, corporate dirt bags) that manipulates parents to get their children cochlear implants. Is that not a bullying?

Did Nyle ever read a book called Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children by Laura Mauldin yet? I do not think so because if he read the book then he would not say, “I would support whatever a child wants to do.” I am telling you that the book would blow your mind away.

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Again, the book is very important for everyone to read and understand the truth. Beware; there are a lot of manipulations by people who are actually against ASL and even the state of being Deaf, too. That is a form of hate.

For example, Alexander Graham Bell Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing has done very good public relations by manipulating parents into getting cochlear implants.

I am certainly disappointed that people who look up to Nyle as a “celebrity” who gives a wrong impression about it. He was supposed to set a better example and stop lies how special cochlear implant industries are. I mean, he said that he is an activist even he said that he is passionate about language and literacy. Well, did he know that cochlear implants makes it worse and become the subject of language deprivation? Even language delay, too. Cochlear implants does not make better literacy.

It is all about cultural oppression. It is also about the organizing principle of power wherein culture can be studied through technologies of power (cochlear implant industries) and money.

Why not Nyle stand up and challenge cochlear implant industries and make progress, education, conflict, struggle and resistance? For American Sign Language [ASL], it is the truth that attributes to functions, neither economy nor power. ASL creates truth, and this truth produces a function of power.

Cochlear implants has been ongoing ill-advised and misleading term for years and years. No human being can restore anyone’s hearing; Cochlear implants depends a lot on battery economics is a BIG business, yet, it does not restore anyone’s hearing at all. That is reality. It is all about money.

Remember, cochlear implants “profits” over people…is that even an American way of life?

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-JT

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References:

Ladd, Paddy. Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood. 2003.

In Memoriam: The People of the Lie We Beat in 2016

Please notice that “People of the Lie” in the title. This post is to dedicate to those AGBell survivors who found time to get things together and beat the oppressed system we deal with daily in 2016. The People of the Lie: Meredith Sugar, most recent former president for Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Alexander Graham Bell.

When Meredith Sugar wrote a letter for Washington Post in April 2016, attacking Nyle DiMarco was the biggest mistake she ever done in her career. The Deaf community took their own hands in solidarity and stood up for their human rights. The People of the Eye are the People of the Truth. Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing are the People of the Lie.

I have chosen Meredith Sugar because I believe it is needed. I believe it is over all effect that will be healing. Yet, Alexander Graham Bell’s philosophy has written it with trepidation. At the earliest stage, it has potential for harm and it will cause readers pain. Worse, Alexander Graham Bell Association had already misused its information to harm Deaf people.

Do you think the apology we demand from Meredith Sugar would heal the Deaf community? One, however, added, “Just still astounds me that, by some, ASL is seen as a “human right,” even when SOUND isn’t” to me, the crudest but pithy response by Meredith Sugar is realistic, I do not find this kind of comment greatly reassuring. Ms. Sugar refuses to apologize for Deaf community, and to the public for the harm that her comment caused, and the Deaf community including myself plead Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard to handle it with care.

One meaning of care is love. Be gentle and lovable with yourself if Meredith Sugar finds what is written has caused Deaf community pain. It is important to know that show any kind of gentle with thy neighbors you might come to understand as evil. Cautious, be careful, cautious, full of care!

Alexander Graham Bell meant to judge Deaf people only with great care, and that such foolish, now begins with self-judgement.

In labeling Deaf people or ASL known for its “human rights”, Deaf people are evil—the hope for healing human evil. Deaf community does not need labeling at all. They had been making a lot of difference instead of being severely critical human judgement. Then why did Meredith Sugar choose to judge ASL that shall be demolished? Alexander Graham Bell holds the highest responsibility in People of the Lie.

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the mean out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the more out of thy brother’s eye.”—Matthew, 7:1-5.

Yet, Meredith Sugar and Alexander Graham Bell has chosen as the dangers of such judgement will not tolerated in Deaf community. We ask Meredith Sugar to apologize to the Deaf community and to keep in mind we do need to be judged that makes our lives difficult and allow them to judge ASL instead of healing ourselves.

If Ms. Sugar refuses to issue an apology letter before the end of 2016, then that we know that the April letter Ms. Sugar has made Deaf community stronger than ever. They know that we beat them as the major figures—and we refuse to be looked down. We do not need hypocrites. Healing is the best thing—seriously. 18 days left before year 2017.

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-JT

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The Daily Moth, Marlee and Nyle: Crisis in Journalism

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The power of journalism is not the same like it used to be today in Deaf community. Exploring different frameworks of journalism analysis, and learning tools to recognize these frameworks, greatly enhanced my reading of journalism texts related to The Daily Moth. I was previously aware that The Daily Moth and its host Alex Abenchuchan made an inappropriate joke about Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump to use Marlee Matlin in his advertisement and mislead the public to make people think that Marlee supports Trump.

Flash news: Marlee had been a stanch supporter of Hillary Clinton before Nyle DiMarco even existed. There was a tweet that Marlee supports Hillary in the beginning of the year. It means….Marlee supports Hillary ever since.

I am also aware that The Daily Moth that the host, consciously, employed its bad journalism in the school of thought, in the public to educate Deaf community and in his journalistic skills. The Daily Moth allowed to make bad judgements in his own values and predispositions and created a self-deception of how The Daily Moth might have employed these things in his own agenda.

I am a daily viewer of The Daily Moth myself, became baffled not only by the vague, rambling journalism styles of how they treat Marlee but also by the exact mocking intended. As each story progressed, the flaws and bad character traits of American society—especially Deaf community became manifest. Almost everyone can remember a bed time story being read to them when they all are humans. Frequently these works of journalism happen to be myth or fairy tale what The Daily Moth did.

We would pick a bed time story because of its many moral lessons and the positive influence the tale can have on our lives. Sometimes the fable uses negative reinforcement and could help to condition Deaf community by what The Daily Moth scares us. The question, did The Daily Moth shows in a passive manner, how to handle issues ranging from love, respect and vanity to discipline, labor and tact?

Every experience impresses strongly upon a maturing intellect, and fairy tales are simple but powerful in the messages. Journalism provokes us to use these stories to teach Deaf community multiple positive lessons about culture and at the same time attempt to develop a humanity in a practical and positive way. These tales are a vital and important tool and are extremely useful in our upbringing. Fairy tales and myths were originally created to reinforce our current culture and highlight the habits and personality of a developing mind.

The Daily Moth lacked a certain continuity that would have allowed the journalism to flow in logical argument that Marlee was a Trump supporter. The mistake that they did was an overdependence upon the journalism honesty or qualities to convey symbolism. The Daily Moth needs to issue a public apology for Marlee Matlin. Will it even happen?

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-JT

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Lisa A. Goldstein’s Fables of the Deception

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Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.-Desmond Tutu

Lisa A. Goldstein’s article, Nyle DiMarco’s Activism Is Dangerous For The Deaf Community, she is one lost soul—I had been Deaf all my life—like Nyle and Lisa. I was raised into a hearing family and mainstreamed into public schools, and yes, I felt isolated all the time since I step my toes into mainstreaming system and been bullied ever since. The predominant language of this country in mainstreaming system is a classic example of bullying for Deaf students. I became a lost soul before I discovered Deaf community—a massive change in my life. I realized that Deaf community is not about living in silence, it is about humanity. It is one of the most beautiful thing ever happened. Seriously.

Living in silence—a period in which atrocities were committed, at depth, by perpetrators whom the world turned a blind eye towards—until they could no longer. Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) survivors were separated, societal hierarchies dissipated, and demoralization, with the almost certain prospect of death, permeated every fiber of the oppressed.

The author of the article, Ms. Goldstein—need to prepare to review explores and seeks to compare, the individual conception of justice and forgiveness from AGBell survivors, to the collective accounts and rationale, of AGBell survivors and their contemporaries from stories, ranging from Ramsey’s Deaf Children in Public Schools, Ryan and Schuchman’s Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, Lane’s When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf, Breivik’s Deaf Identities in the Making and many more. Those books I am proud to own sitting on my bookshelf. The books heal my life, today and tomorrow by seeking to explore a higher consciousness, and more critically thought-out reasoning, in its responses. That withstanding, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the significant differential in the timing of those books.

This realization, brought by the varying accounts provided in those books, leads me to the conclusion that time can allow for one to resolve one’s animosity and move towards forgiveness. Ms. Goldstein’s statement is all about propaganda is yet another effort by Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to dismantle Deaf community. She asserts that she knows “better than most” about what Deaf people are capable of doing but she clearly indicates in her statement that she is nothing but all talking.

To date, we ignore her hatred towards “our common collective goals”—what are these collective goals what Nyle DiMarco Foundation do? Have Ms. Goldstein taken courses in American Sign Language (ASL) in order to reach them? Nowhere in her statement has indicated one value that ASL is used for instruction of the Deaf as well as promoted by Gallaudet University. Nothing. She fails to exemplify these collective goals as Deaf person. She simply details her denial paragraphs—each paragraph. She destroys her own self as Deaf person. That is called self-hate.

It is difficult enough to have true objectivity in something, which she has not experienced personally. To ask one to provide insight, or moral guidance, on a matter, which she neither experienced nor could possibly imagine, is highly presumptuous. With that being said, the time value in distancing one’s judgment rendered will, in my opinion, misinterpret her ability to assess the situation with the same acute sentiment as Deaf community who has freshly experienced said conditions.

In sum, Ms. Lisa A. Goldstein need a lot of time to provide reflective judgments from what Deaf community has suffered since 1880 Milan Resolution—and therefore a higher, more conscious level of thought than the reactive nature of Deaf community actually experiencing hatred every day. I do not care if I am being called as Deaf culture extremist in full force—the essay Ms. Goldstein has shown her intimidation and manipulation tactics—destroying Deaf community, like I said, permeated every fiber of the oppressed.

After all, she is the one who is living in silence.

-JT

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