Reading the Lines Between: AGBell’s Latest Letter

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It takes an individual who is profoundly sympathetic to the issues of reading the lines–it is called English chunk. AGBell’s letter was written by its own executive director. The letter has exemplified a great deal of hatred between lines and it is like skipping a grade that is risky and drastic move. Also it takes someone to be trained to have a sharp eye how to read between the lines. In the red color meaning RED FLAG. In the blue color meaning, how AGBell interprets Deaf community.

1) Tragedy: From Merriam-Webster definition, in fact, two definitions–a very bad event that causes great sadness and often involves someone’s death and a very sad, unfortunate, or upsetting situation: something that causes strong feelings of sadness or regret. AGBell uses this word to attack Deaf community that they were in unfortunate or upsetting situation when Deaf community has strong feelings of sadness after AGBell president attacks Nyle DiMarco in Washington Post article.

2) reflecting on the tremendous damage that hate and intolerance bring to our lives. AGBell uses this excuse to feel the pain from Deaf community that they’ve attempted to do tremendous damage–not true. AGBell was the one who has brought in a great deal of tremendous damage that hate and intolerance bright to Deaf community since DAY ONE. Deaf community is the one who feel the pain the most.

3) outbursts of violence and hatred beyond those we have seen in the past. Very dumb thing to say. Really! What AGBell means by “in the past”: Deaf Community. That is a big AGBELL lie. AGBell practices horizontal, vertical violence and hatred 365 days. Simple.

4) trend now, particularly in social media, for people to state the ugliest and most hateful things about those who have a different opinion from them. Really? That’s funny. AGBell is no better than themselves either. They use social media to spread lies about successful stories and in fact, AGBell followers has been using this to attack Deaf community UNDERGROUND.

5) This is tantamount to verbal bullying. Actually, AGBell is the king of  viral hate.

6) anonymity some forums afford us, there seems to be no limit to the detestable nature of their comments. Real smooth by blaming Deaf community first. What a foolish thing to write!

7) As we listen to others, we hope that we also will be heard – without hate, without derision, without intolerance. That is a very good lie. AGBell did not listen to Deaf community. Never. Know what they did? Attack Deaf community. More true colors coming out of AGBell.

8) In the darkest of times, we must find hope for the future. AGBell believes that Oralism, listening and speaking, LSL, cochlear implant, whatever is the FUTURE in Deaf community. No, not really.

Original letter below:

Dear Alexander Graham Bell Community,

In light of the tragedy in Orlando this past weekend, I’ve been reflecting on the tremendous damage that hate and intolerance bring to our lives. Whether it’s based in our upbringing, our culture or our spiritual understanding, a lack of respect for one another destroys families, organizations and even civilizations. We have an obligation not only to ourselves, but to the generations that follow, to reverse this ruinous trend.

The devastating shooting in Orlando is only the most recent of events based in hatred. How sad that so many innocents have been killed in acts of intolerance.

Although this is a time in American life where we see the generations blending across ethnic and racial backgrounds, where the rule of law has broken down barriers of gender and orientation, still there are outbursts of violence and hatred beyond those we have seen in the past. Worse yet is the lack of tolerance for the choices others make in their own lives. I really don’t understand it. We know more now than we ever have about each other – what trials and challenges various peoples have endured and often overcome throughout history and into present times – yet the lack of acceptance of the differences that make each of us who we are seems unprecedented.

There is a trend now, particularly in social media, for people to state the ugliest and most hateful things about those who have a different opinion from them. It’s not just in political dialogue; it shows up in postings as simple as feedback about a product or an expression of thanks for a blessing or a statement about education. One person makes a comment, and detractors pile heaps of derision upon them. This is tantamount to verbal bullying. And because of the anonymity some forums afford us, there seems to be no limit to the detestable nature of their comments. A simple difference of opinion seems to give license to personal attacks, some of a highly graphic nature. Is this the open-minded, accepting, tolerant society we claim to have become?

What truly concerns me is how this limits our progress. We’ve known for many years that while one person can get a movement started, others must join in to bring it to a tipping point where it actually makes a difference in people’s lives. Think of the impact that schools like KIPP have made in recent years or the effects of increasing diversity among leaders of corporations and organizations. These were not overnight successes; many took long years to change the prevailing opinion, but change they did, and for the improvement of us all.

Let’s change the way we listen and speak to each other – after all, listening and speaking is what AG Bell is all about. Let’s hear what people are trying to express about their experiences without dashing their hopes for the future. As we listen to others, we hope that we also will be heard – without hate, without derision, without intolerance.

Let’s speak with intelligence, with compassion, and with an open mind. Each of us carries the hurts of the past with us; but by sharing our knowledge and working together, we can achieve new advances that ensure that each generation will face fewer hurts than the one before. We cannot do that through hate, but only with the knowledge that our world is constantly changing and so must we.

In the darkest of times, we must find hope for the future.

-JT

Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier

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AGBell: The State Of Shame

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I am still sickened by Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Executive Director’s letter for Alexander Graham Bell Community comparing Deaf community to Orlando shooting—Mr. Emilio Alonso-Mendoza. In his letter, he editorializes in favor of hatred towards Deaf community—specifically American Sign Language (ASL). This is hatred; “On paper” is a quote mark trick—probably the best substitution of an indirect expression for AGBell’s letter of support, which is extremely unethical and unprofessional. Alonso-Mendoza informs AGBell Community that he agreed to write to support his views that Deaf community is a perfect example of Orlando shooting. —His support is “on paper”—more favorable, less neutral.

Throwing hatred in Deaf community is one of the most de-motivating things we have ever experienced. This hatred refers to when Alonso-Mendoza appears to be treated better than all other candidates for the position. The end result is that Alonso-Mendoza’s application appears to be better than all others “on paper” and for no valid reason. Whether or not the Deaf community felt pain is legitimate and proven-able might be the biggest obstacle. If the hate speech Deaf community is experiencing from AGBell Association and we feel that it is based on illegal reasons—hate speech—we might need to consider legal action but we would obviously need to be strong to have a case.

The state of shame what Mr. Emilio Alonso-Mendoza has done! Shock was first. Denial followed. Anger arrived. Numerous illegal labels were made out to media to describe the Deaf community by the AGBell Association who is suggesting that their education has been a kind of anarchy and terrorism. Alonso-Mendoza qualified those labels by telling about an unwarranted threat of being shot or being compared to Orlando shooting, “yes, by a gun” which is an angry and false accusation.

The executive director for AGBell is a modern-day he-Adolph Hitler. He has a recipe for using propaganda, fear, and scapegoats to convince AGBell followers to go along with his plans. He has a gift for crafting negative labels for Deaf community by accusing them for arousing anarchy and terrorism. I have seen none more strikingly similar to Hitler than Alonso-Mendoza. His accusations seem more acceptable in media today when compared to attack the Deaf community because they do not directly attack any one particular group, but instead attack Deaf community that has long been known to hold the interests for many diverse groups in Deaf community as well.

I am not even sure I understand Alonso-Mendoza’s points about anarchy and terrorism since I am not aware of the monopoly of AGBell Association that controls all media. Yet as an AGBell survivor, I cannot sit idly by when false accusations about activism are made. Apathy seems cool in an “ignorance is bliss” kind of way, but it is very risky not to disagree with opinions inside AGBell Association. It is therefore important to take a stand against AGBell’s ignorance, hatred, and false accusations.

The truth of what is happening with AGBell Association is obvious to most of us the AGBell survivors, but we must not take that for granted. There are many out there who are now in the state of shame—we are ashamed of mistrust of what we see on the news outlets about AGBell Association whom killed the LEAD-K bill in Rhode Island. There is no doubt in our minds that AGBell, Meredith Sugar, and Emilio Alonso-Mendoza will still continue to blame weak-kneed Deaf community for destroying the morale of their educational leadership and making Deaf community what it is today. They are angry people, and we are ashamed now. Please make a notice that Meredith Sugar and Emilio Alonso-Mendoza have something in common: “Lawyers are”: perilous mouths.

As William Shakespeare once wrote, “Measure for Measure”: To whom should I complain? Did I tell this, who would believe me? O perilous mouths, That bear in them one and the self-same tongue, Either of condemnation or approof; Bidding the law make court’sy to their will: Hooking both right and wrong to the appetite, To follow as it draws!…..”

The key word: O perilous mouths, that bear in them one and the self-same tongue.

*****Perilous definition: (adjective) full of danger or risk.******

Shame on Meredith Sugar and Emilio Alonso-Mendoza!

-JT

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