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.
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.
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Can White Deaf Community admit that they are racists? Does Racism overwhelm you? Do you see enemies all around? Racism is a lifetime habit that is hard to break and it starts with us.
Are MAGA HATS making America great again? In the light of hate-filled literature mocking, and intimidating Native Americans is trying to make America great again is not even close. Whose land belongs to in the first place? Silence equals hate. We need to stop hate targeting Native Americans.
CORRECTION: IT IS NATHAN PHILLIPS. NOT RICHARD PHILLIPS. MY APOLOGIES!
A high school wrestling referee in New Jersey made a wrestler choose between cutting his dreadlocks or forfeiting his match on Wednesday. Written English transcript is available.
The Search Committee is currently looking for a new Dean of Student Affairs at Gallaudet University. It must be not someone who is very much attached to Gallaudet University, for example, fraternity ties, and white privileged Deaf men.
I am very glad that they’ve picked two Deaf people of color on the committee and it is critical moment. The candidate should be non-white, because Gallaudet University has been always dominant in white supremacy and we all know that. We cannot deny that. It is time for a major change.
However, I am very concerned about Lauri Rush, who is very much biased. Under her watch, she failed to stop suicides at Gallaudet University. There was couple of suicides under her watch that she rejected those innocent Deaf students who were seeking help psychologically and emotionally because she was too lazy and too judgmental.
Why is she on the search committee in the first place? Why is she still the director for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)? She was very much supportive of Dwight Benedict’s actions even though she knew it was criminal act and got away with it.
There were some words around the campus that Carl Pramuk might take the helm, again, he would do anything to protect fraternity boys at any cost. Again, another white privileged Deaf with fraternity ties. Especially rape culture.
Not only that, but also there were some talk that Tommy Horejas, he was so dumb that he does not even successfully understand the foundation of Sociology and Criminology. He once taught class at Gallaudet University: Sociology 220: Sociology of Deaf and Deafness and he told the class why the high percentage of Deaf people divorced because they switched to lesbian or gay lifestyle. No, it was LOVE! He is so dumb. Please do not let him take the position.
Dwight was the biggest predator of all in the history of Gallaudet campus. He let those boys got away with it. Not even one with criminal charge. It is all because he had the power as Dean of Student Affairs. By the way, Dwight could not write at all. He paid late Carl Schroeder to do all of his homework. I am not kidding. Dwight really cannot write at all. A third grader writes better than him in real life. He got away with it. Fucking lucky asshole.
He is also biggest racist in real life. He told a Deaf Black female student not to walk like Black and got her suspended from Gallaudet University with Persona Non Gratia (PNG) for five years just because she was walking like Black. It was so racist that Dwight laughed his ass off. What he did was a hate crime. There are more real-life stories that you do not know how much racist and sexist Dwight was.
I am deeply concerned about the ability of Dean of Student Affairs to confront the many challenges it faces both honesty and not to let criminal acts got away. Not the example of a bully just like Dwight Benedict was.
My concern has been compounded by the failure exhibited by the current university administration to understand the nature of integrity of critical thinking in problem solving without bias. This disdain for Gallaudet University is aggravated by the excessive influence of bullying and oppressive practices by Dean of Student Affairs.
The New Dean of Student Affairs must be:
-Must not be a white Deaf fraternity ties
-Must be outside of Gallaudet
-Must not inside Gallaudet propaganda
-Believability and credibility
-Equality Under the Law
The laundry list goes on.
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#GallaudetSolidarity was a powerful event showing that Gallaudet University have serious problem.