Harming Deaf Community: Hate Crime Laws

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Hate Crime in Portland, Oregon is a serious issue. Portland has been a hot spot for hate crimes even though it is invisible just like that. Raised in greater Portland area for 37 years, and studied under world-class hate crime professor where he taught me how to be knowledge about prejudice, hate crimes and violent crimes. My work was and been focusing on Deaf people who were victimized by the hate crimes.

I was very much proud to play a crucial role in Oregon making sure Deaf people who were survivors or victims of hate crime are included in Oregon bias crime statute in 2011. It is one of my proudest life work ever. Thanks to Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes (OCAHC), I was grateful for its leadership.

Last August 2018, I attended a congressional teach-in on hate crimes and participated in the discussion where I asked the panel experts, including one who was my professor, a question that was critical enough for the society to see a sociological problem, for example, “Since the 1990s, when hate crimes began to be documented, there hasn’t been one documented incident against Deaf people, although they happen.” that can be found on C-SPAN website with closed captions. It was very important time to ask.

That inspired me to write a column called The Reality (and Invisibility) of Deaf-Targeted Hate Crimes in DEAF LIFE October 2018 issue and gave a lecture: Fighting the Fires of Hate: Deaf America in Crisis in the same month as well.

I got invited to be part of training how to combat hate crime sometime this year with well-known and well-respected organizations and hate crime experts which I am very excited and will bring my knowledge how to combat hate crimes against Deaf people. The biggest problem is that the laws lacks the most where they fail to protect Deaf people from hate crime are ultimately enforced by ignorance. Deaf people needs protection at all cost and stop the hearing privileges that the hate crime laws needs to be updated because for number one reason: Deaf people do not deserve hate.

Once the power is taken away from Deaf people, it makes Deaf people’s lives harder if it has not enforced in hate crime laws to protect them at all cost. Often misunderstood that the stigma about Deaf people are one of the greatest damage control. Hate crime laws should not criminalize Deaf people because of the stigma.

How do Deaf people ensure the public trust is enforced? There is no exit. Where is the sympathy for Deaf victims, survivors, and its families? The mainstream society inflicts harm, which, in turn, affects the Deaf community today and tomorrow.

Yet, Deaf people continue to suffer the cruel punishments because of their identity and practice the culture of fear in sound-oriented society. The violence needs to be stopped.

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-JT

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Can We Stop Hate in Progress?

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Charlottesville, Virginia. The site of Heather Heyer. October 2017.

There has been a recent funded-study by federal guidelines, 450 human bodies that has been killed by the far right since 1990—the same year where Hate Crime Statistics Act has signed by President George H.W. Bush. That we must never forget.

Last October 2017, I visited Charlottesville, Virginia where ALT-Right movements killed Heather Heyer last August; the white supremacy must be brought up to have it rejected for the sake of humanity. I am all support to stop hate. We do not need white supremacy running our streets anymore. Not in my space. Do we have time to hate? Just yesterday, 13th of November, it was World Kindness Day. That we must never forget.

I remember in 1988 as a 14 years old kid, there was huge news about the murder of Mulugeta Seraw in Portland in the hands of skinheads, with hate ties to bad-ass white supremacy group. I was visiting my mother in Northeast Portland that time. I remember that day very well. I’ve really wished to keep that newspaper. In fact, it had happened on November 13th as well. It has hit Portland very hard.

Portland was put on an international spotlight on a map all because of this. Portland Trail Blazers might had won NBA championship in 1977. But, this one is 849,325 times bigger news than NBA championship. After Seraw’s death, Portland is not the same. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) became the face of kindness. Morris Dees, the lead counsel for SPLC won the case in Portland. Talk about World Kindness Day! It will be always in my memory. It is a powerful trait. That we never forget.

When my hate crime professor talked about Mulugeta Seraw in a classroom in 2007, memories brought up. It was painful but at the same time, we need to remind that we must tolerate against any form of hate. It has opened my eyes to the endless of ideas and responsibilities to talk and write more about hate crime. It is part of my civic duty. We also need to bring up and discuss about hate groups and of course, far right and alt-right.

I am in solidarity with people of color, Muslims, Native Americans, and Deaf people where Trump’s support of white supremacy and its hate groups have in the tide wave of hate crimes. Recently with couple of hours ago, FBI announced that its hate crime report for 2016 has brought up with bad news that for second straight year of increasing—the first time it has actually happened in a decade. We were getting better until Trump showed up in the name of hate. Do we even realize that a decade is long time to heal from pain? We were just getting better. That we never forget.

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The total of hate crimes for 2016:

6,121 incidents. Ouch.

Stop FAR RIGHT and ALT-RIGHT. We do not need another Charlottesville. Anywhere. That is why we need to remind how to teach love, not hate. That we never forget. Let’s embrace social justice! Be sure to read the references below.

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring“-Victor Hugo

-JT

Copyright © 2017 Jason Tozier

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

References:

https://theconversation.com/threats-of-violent-islamist-and-far-right-extremism-what-does-the-research-say-72781

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/11/13/hate-crimes-rise-second-straight-year-anti-muslim-violence-soars-amid-president-trumps

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2016/topic-pages/incidentsandoffenses

 

 

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

 

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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.

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-JT

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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/