Laurent Clerc: United Nations Human Rights Prize

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70 years ago on December 10th, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was brought up with the idea to recognize that as humans we adopt equal rights, freedom, and pursuit of happiness.

I just read the winners for 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize who deserve an award. From the United Nations website writes:

The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights is an honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights.

In the past, United Nations Human Rights had given to someone who passed away such as Eleanor Roosevelt. Why not Laurent Clerc? He contributed to Deaf community in the heart of human rights. Establishing the first American Deaf School in Hartford, Connecticut. For next 50 years, the school had trained many Deaf students in the field of educators to teach Deaf pupils to be successful. Laurent Clerc’s spirit embodies the self-determination of the newly Deaf space; his thoughts are still considered the strongest influence in Deaf people’s bodies, minds, and spirits.

Laurent Clerc’s quote:

“A knowledge of history is extremely useful; it lays before our eyes the great picture of the generations that have preceded us; and in relating the events which passed in their time…it lays before us the precepts of the wise…of all ages…”

There was no “rehabilitation” program or education for Deaf students. Laurent Clerc predicted the importance for future of the Deaf citizens to preserve and perpetuate in the language and culture, protecting and promoting ASL. French influence upon American Sign Language (ASL) and intellectual life of the Deaf has become quite pronounced as the result of the contact between Deaf people to seek for higher education. Not only in America, but influenced Canada as well, too.

Last September 2018, United Nations recognized its first International Day of Sign Languages, and it is a huge step. There was more than 70 million Deaf people living world wide, according to the World Federation of the Deaf, the higher education is pretty difficult to grasp, only two percent out of 70 million Deaf people have the human right access to a formal education.

Since Laurent Clerc’s arrival in America, his mission has been to provide quality individualized education honoring the talents of Deaf students, making sure they were given the highest opportunities to acquire academic skills necessary for success.

Making sure the long journey, the dark moments of doubts and struggles, going through series of emotional, mental and physical—and the feeling in a life time would end up being over, until Laurent Clerc’s arrival made sure it was never over. It was very much part of human right. Being the state of Deaf is a human right in the highest form of freedom.

Honestly, I do think Mr. Laurent Clerc deserve United Nations Human Rights Prize, the largest honour of lifetime work. What do you think?

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-JT

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References:

https://usdeafhistory.com/tag/laurent-clerc/

https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/news/dspd/international-day-sign-languages.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Prize_in_the_Field_of_Human_Rights

 

 

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Oralism Survivors: Strength is Great!

 

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The heat of the night burns so vividly that Oralism survivors feel their strength and their destroyer fighting for the soul like the Deaf people later in life, they are the divided sea, they are the freed people. They are the middle ground watching, waiting, painting, loving, and dying. They are here to live. They are here for death. Today, September 11th—136 years ago in 1880, Milano, Italy began to ban signed languages around the world for the sake of Oralism.

The death of signed language tormented by the serpent and his leeches that leech upon their insides like a heart in love with another that loves it. Deaf people are the life of a whole that they will never fully comprehend until they live no more. They are the cold of the dawn. They are the skin from a disgusting scar, picked off by a sharp infected nail. They are the nails. They are the eye that sees you and feel strength. They are the mind that the greatest have questioned and tested for years. They are the great that questions and tests.

Are Deaf people or even American Sign Language the question? That is a test. They are the wind that blows so fiercely now and is completely absent!

Now they are the last beat of your heart. Your heat is the only filth keeping Deaf community alive. Your heart is the key to the strength. The strength has been here before. They have been here before. Nothing new is under the sun. They are above and beyond the sun, in the brightness of the Deaf community and the darkness of the cosmos.

Waiting for the real Big Bang. The collide of Deaf community so immense that they all could never explain, so small that they will never truly feel it. They know that it is there; they know that it is coming. Are they coming?

They are coming! They are the climax of a passionate protector amongst the AGBell beasts the society created from dirt, water, and soul. They are the rib from that reason. They are the day, night, water, and air that the reason Deaf community was created days before something created them. They are a flame. They shine a light whose worth is only appreciated in the darkness. Own it up, AGBell! Remember your STRENGTH!

-JT

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Inside George Veditz’s World: Revolution at a Distance

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The Cards Printed by David Call

Mr. George Veditz! Slainte to the man! He is the game-changer. Veditz versus Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) battling over intellectual turfism and this become a serious matter of respect. I decide to name the post in honor of Veditz: Revolution at a Distance. Veditz’s omission of the Revolution. He argues that while AGBell overtly avoids the subject, he covertly refers to it. Unlike many other scholars, Veditz believes AGBell chose to end his narrative at the year 1913, that it was not an accident. The year, 1913, Veditz makes a thunderous statement:

 As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve signs in their old purity. It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people.

George Veditz reminds me of Ben Franklin who set up America’s first library, they look the same. Glasses. Confident. Intellectual. “Any textual feature can be called an accident of circumstances, and can therefore be considered meaningless and uninteresting”-Christopher Looby writing his thoughts about Franklin. That questions remind me—then becomes: Why could not AGBell admit his weakness when he had plenty of time to write thousands of other things? Veditz suggests that AGBell did not want to deal with the fact that signed languages is the answer of all: communication, knowledge, information, and….intellectual turfism or intellectual property because he had hoped it would wipe off the face of earth, if at all.

Before reading below, the importance of verbal imposture that Veditz found the time to examine the language bigotry wherein AGBell verbally deceives Veditz and its Deaf people. Despite ignorance, with proximity, the events presented incongruous versions of sign languages and focus on Oralism. Veditz notes that this sort of contradiction appears throughout, and AGBell’s ideologies are never established. This is a function of the piece-meal nature of Veditz’s world, shows that sign languages were simply ignored. Ultimately, the alienating nature of sign languages and AGBell’s belief that self the function of Oralism that must necessarily produce an inaccurate self.

Meanwhile, it is the gaps that in Veditz’s gaps in strength that refer to the Revolution, such as textual self-difference: Veditz believes that sign languages are a choice to use it in a paternal voice after AGBell’s quote, “grand central principle…should be the retention of the normal environment during the period of education.  [Alexander Graham Bell, Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race (National Academy of Sciences: Washington, DC 1884), 46] shall noted as textual self-difference.

AGBell do not have the final act as speaking his deficit thinking to make decision for Deaf people, in short to fashion for himself a hate monger just like his father and grandfather. AGBell argues that signed languages is what allowed Americans to support AGBell as the authority of the father to shun ASL, which is exactly what the Revolution was all about what Veditz believed in and to deny AGBell’s outline suggest that the real subject of the narrative was Veditz’s words had said it all.

Veditz knew the importance for sign language in ancestry and lineage, and the value of logical continuity. Veditz begins his revolution by directly addressing AGBell, and spends some time on his lineage of preserving sign languages—for him; however, the importance is subverted by what AGBell leaves out of this background.

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George Veditz with permission by the Deaf Artist Warren Miller

In the subject of sign languages, Veditz begins by examining the acrostic poem, which became the all-time poem in Deaf community. In the poem, Veditz’s name comes from social rules and norms thus tying his individual subjectivity in with the symbolic order. He goes on to discuss and preserve sign language, the model of father role as original representative of the law. And in the film, he launched the project, Preservation of Sign Language and told the story beginning from the golden ratio of Deaf community: National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Thanks to Library of Congress, the mother of all libraries to preserve the film.

Then that shows Veditz, was able, through sign language he loved, created self-confidence in mediation with others. Finally, he shows that AGBell, rather than become a master of language, actually came to worship Veditz and submit himself. Happy birthday, Mr. Veditz and I thank you for your commitment. You deserve the best birthday!

-JT

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Heroes of Human Rights

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Human right is an important example that has deceived not only me, but also the graduating students of 2015, also it is the failure of higher education in the most cynical, outrageous ways that allowed the keynote speaker, Vinton Cerf to preach hate speech in the eyes of breaking the democracy of a human life. He has breached trust with Deaf community in the most egregious ways. Gallaudet University has utterly failed in the performance of keynote speakers.

December 10th is the date we all must remember for two important reasons. Reverend Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet’s birthday and the International Human Rights Day, and graduating Deaf students are to celebrate the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights every day in Gallaudet halls. That is what Rev. Thomas Gallaudet wanted.

The contradiction of this blog post on how hate expressed in the community is the attempt to express a human language that is not matter-of-fact, when I, and my knowledge, and being a survivor of hate speech for years, my own conditioning are matter-of-fact. The high demand to educate about human rights in Deaf America, it is the nature and magnitude of the problem. When you are reading this, share the awareness with your friends, family, lost souls, and whoever they are!

Becoming an activist is very often a passion unlike the selection of advocates. People are often driven to become activists. For some, it is the beauty of the language or the aesthetic grace of an interpretation. For others, it is the love of ASL and pursing meaning from communication and still for others, it is about service to the Deaf community and humankind.

Whatever the reason behind the selection of an activist as a major course of study or career, there are steps to take to ensure that the transition to students how to stand up against hate bias, crimes, literature, speech and eventually “certified” activists are taken with the fewest obstacles possible.

Vinton Cerf presented a damaged prism through which to view the history of Deaf people, his rapid journey through the technology marvels, voyages of exploration and exploitation, all seen from the vantage point of Alexander Graham Bell Association’s effect on the development of genocide makes “entertaining” presentation. Does it wring your neck when you read this? I understand. Protect your Deaf mind!

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In the next five topics, human rights had been developed to solicit discourses, discussions, and dialogues. These concepts that govern my thoughts are not just matters of my intelligence. They also govern the Deaf people in their everyday functioning, down to the most mandate details. Our concepts structure what we see, how we perceive the world, and how we relate to each other as Deaf people. Our conceptual system plays a central role in defining our realities. There is only one way to find out. I hope to share the same inspiration with my readers.

  • Human rights are Deaf people’s principles meaning of understanding reality and communicating that understanding to others.

     

  • The essence of human rights is understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another

     

  • As we make a journey in ignoring human rights, more surfaces are created.

     

  • Human rights encode our past

     

  • If the human rights in Deaf community are not strongly present in the media, the young generation of the Deaf will be economically and culturally marginalized.

-JT

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