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.
Copyright © 2017 Jason Tozier
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Time to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day! No more Columbus Day! I am happy to inform that more cities are recognizing Native Americans today—the movement to change the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around America. It is a huge deal.
My grandmother on my father’s side–her own mother–my great grandmother was Cherokee born and raised in small town called John Day in Oregon–she died at “childbirth” giving my grandmother a life and she refused to talk about it because her father (my great grandfather) told her not to bring up about it. I was from small town, Yacolt, on the southwestern border of Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. The name, from local Native American lore, means “haunted place” or “valley of the demons.”
I had no idea that I have Cherokee blood until I was 33 and I begin to learn more about Native Americans now and then. I had no idea about Wounded Knee incident in South Dakota where one of the courses I signed up for requiring us to read one of many books called “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” written by Dee Brown really bury my heart. Hint: Did you know that there was a Deaf Native American in that book by the name of Black Coyote who “started” it all? Then after that, I started to read more Native Americans books–from political to cultural to history to hate crimes and so. The picture you see above I bought in DC—I have more books stored inside a box in the great Pacific Northwest.
As for hate crimes, it does happen—there is plenty of virulent hatred and bigotry toward Native Americans in this country—and feel that they only suffer from the challenges of poverty and neglect as well limited access to opportunities and it is not true. They are survivors of hateful assaults on given day now and then. I think diversity is racist in America. Why do I think it is racist? Because it presumes that the color of Native American or the surname of a Native American defining his or her thinking, that somehow he or she will bring something different to the intellectual table just because he/she looks Native American or his/her name looks Native American.
One of books, which had influenced me greatly written by Barbara Perry, called Silent Victims: Hate Crimes Against Native Americans, where Perry writes in page 25, “There is an important distinction between the two terms. The former, genocide, refers to the explicit and frequently brutal physical violence perpetrated against Native Americans in an effort to eliminate them as a people. There are those who would oppose the use of such strong terminology.”–Is true enough in this country with Perry writes another one in same page, “The second term, ethnocide, refers to the much more subtle efforts to deculturate Native Americans, sometimes through physical violence but more often through the social violence implied in efforts to “resocialize” or “civilize” Natives.”
Now I understand hate crimes more.
When I visited Harper’s Ferry, there were two rivers there—Princess Shenandoah and Potomac Warrior why the rivers were named. Princess Shenandoah and Potomac Warrior were forbidden to get married by their tribes. They both cried a lot and made the rivers to meet. That is where the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers meet. The Native American folklore. One of my favorite stories from a book I hold in my possession The Storytelling Stone: Traditional Native American Myths and Tales edited and with an introduction by Susan Feldman about ‘Bat.’
“Once there was a war between beasts and birds. Bat was on birds’ side. In the first battle, the birds were badly beaten. As soon as Bat saw that the battle was going against them, he crept away, hid under a log, and stayed there till the fight was over. When the animals were going home, Bat slipped in among them. After they had gone some distance, they saw him and asked one another: “How is this? Bat is one of the men who fought against us?”
Bat heard them, and he said, “Oh, no! I am one of you; I don’t belong to the bird people. Did you ever see one of those people who had double teeth? Go and look in their mouths and see if they have. If you find one bird with double teeth, you can say that I belong to the bird people. But I don’t; I am one of your own people.” They didn’t say anything more; they let Bat stay with them. Soon after, there are another battle; in that battle birds won.
As Bat’s side was getting beaten, he slipped away and hid under a log. When the battle was over and the birds were going home, Bat went in among them. When they noticed him, they said: “You are our enemy; we saw you fighting against us.” “Oh, no.” said Bat, “I am one of you; I don’t belong to those beasts. Did you ever see one of those people who had wings?” They didn’t say anything more; they let him stay with them. So Bat went back and forth as long as the war lasted. At the end of the war, birds and beasts held a council to see what to do with him. At last they said to Bat: “Hereafter, you will fly around alone at night, and will never have any friends, either among those that fly, or those that walk.”
If you visit DC for some reason, please visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian—it would blow your body and mind away. Appreciate Indigenous Peoples Day! I wrote this blog post last year (October 2014) to get better idea why I am against the idea of celebrating Columbus Day. The link below:
For additional links about Deaf Community: A Hidden Dimension of Racism Among Sports. Plenty of Deaf vloggers wearing Redskins to belittle Native Americans. One of them is a teacher.
Copyright © 2015 Jason Tozier
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