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How to Stop the Avalanche of Hate

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I would like to express something off my mind for couple of minutes. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve received ugly postings about me from my own Deaf community. I am aware that I had been dealing with hate to make sure I disappear off the Mother planet. I come to understand the dangers of hate mongers than ever. Times I would be warned not to write about my experience as a returning citizen. This could not be further from the truth. If you have hard time reading the print in the picture on the left, I apologize for sloppy marker.

The questions I wrote down: Do we believe that youth who make horrible mistakes deserve second chances? Do we believe youth can develop character beyond their crimes?

I believe in resistance and challenge against hate, as a means of survival and hope. I did not create hate in the first place. You did. For 21 years, there are people had been threatening me and put me in human exile. That sucks because I had been working hard to change my life around. I refuse to live in someone else’s shadow.

For the haters out there, please understand this—TAUNTS just does not work. I do not need shame and disrespect, shows that hate STILL kills’ people and corrupt systems. However, I’ve reached the underlying reasons for the resistance and I believe in second chances. Sadly, due to institutional and societal barriers, once I entered back into community, there were challenges of employment, housing, and help for support and I’ve faced hardships where I had to deal with mental and physical abuses for telling truth.

Gandhi writes,

Many people, especially, ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still there.”

My journey as Deaf returning citizen as indirectly described, has been carried around with the educational champions of the Sociology world I fell in love with, and found my Deafhood identity. The hardships are claimed. Deaf Studies are claimed. It is a new birth: the “origin” of my stories. All the hard work of building self-confidence, all the bulwark in the face of hate that is often subtle, yet no less compassion, than hate in the community. I remind myself to live constantly in George Orwell’s “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.”

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When I see this photo the other day, I see it as a metaphor for the intellectual decline of American people to understand stories.

Hate is virtually deserted, devoid of human life; surrounded millions of old souls, the stories will be unthinkable. Is hate an unforgiving society? Does that mean it also allows deficit thinking to build more fear? Even a single story of a Deaf returning citizen can change the world. Will we accept the fact that hate is a painstakingly back-up human error? Are Deaf returning citizens even part of Deaf Studies?

I just wanted you to know that I stand strong. Sure, I can be hard on myself for my imperfections and mistakes even my failures and I am aware of the haters who are obsessed with me as a Deaf returning citizen and try to pull my life down. I’m tired of crab theory. I am tired of rumor-mongers. The last words of this blog when I would like to say that I deal with hate a lot, I do not hide my face under a mask or nothing. Here is the thing: More and more people criticize it, but most likely shift the blame for who is responsible.

Last October 2015, I was invited to give a lecture for CSUN Social Justice conference sponsored by Deaf Studies Association, I felt very good what I’ve contributed back to the community. That matters the most to me.

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I continue to complete my ultimate goals. I will not be intimidated. Let’s remind ourselves this month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

-JT

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The Word of “Kneel” In a Poor Judgement

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I would like to write this out of my heart that I would like to apologize for using “Kneel” from one of my recent blog posts. The term of “Kneel”—inspired from professional football players in the National Football League (NFL) to make a statement to stop police brutality, racism, and targeting people of color people (PoC). I realized that I should know that after 20 years of police brutality I’ve seen in newspapers and Internet targeting PoC, I used “Kneel” for the wrong reason even as a white man with lineage in Cherokee and I realized that I still have not completely unpack white privileges yet.

It is true that the majority of Black people who has suffered the most. For so long, do we even realize that the Deaf community, “us” and “them” may never touched the same ground in many corners of American society. Because of those people like who kneel in NFL games, the healing is encouraging. The truth is far more critical. That is exactly why we should be supportive of social justice.

As eager as I recognize the cause, we all do need to analyze ourselves a crucial question. I would like to thank this person who found time and talked about it in person and wrote a text to me, “As for injustice of POC against anthem” and we need to accept the fact about the police brutality and injustice of PoC, we need to use kneel against anthem. The anthem is not represent for PoC, too. Community accountability is desired.

As compelling as the stories out there who survived through police brutality, racism, and PoC including Deaf PoC, Deaf, Deaf-Blind people, the question to be seen, why we did not seen enough of never-ending human struggles with us until we stand up against the bigotry? Why does just how far we still have to go?

Again, I used “Kneel” out of poor judgement and realized that it was particularly hurt to PoC, for whom this image is a symbol of hatred and struggles and would like to commit to make a change.

With my apologies, I take full responsibility for not taking myself serious enough to understand those stories out there.

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-JT

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Fire Chief Paul Smith: A Disgrace to the United States of America

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The other day, Paul Smith wrote a list of “list of no-good n……..” Yes, he admitted that he said that. “Yes, I said that” on his own post. That time, he was the Chief of the Cecil Township Fire Department, about 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh. He does not serve the community and United States of America. He is a disgrace to the public. He’s a Trump supporter, too. Go figure! Racism is a social disease—and he needs help. It is no excuse at all. He is no longer fire chief with the Fire department. Good for people to stand up! I support with all the NFL players who kneel all the way! Injustice, Racism, and police brutality—do not belong in America. Also, we do not need firefighters or EMT who are racists, haters, or liars. I happen to know one.

-JT

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Deaf Community: Join and Fight Hate!

AGBell Is a Disgrace to the Deaf Community

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I know that we do not want to remind ourselves today—it is important that we need to continue to grow strong and stand up and challenge hateful ideologies. Today is Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell)’s birthday.

In Trump’s speech last Tuesday standing before United States Congress, he praised Alexander Graham Bell’s name. Couple of years ago, the same United States Congress recognized that AGBell no longer as an inventor of the telephone. The White House needs to know that they did not report the full story about Audism influence on Deaf community, AGBell’s organization attacks on Deaf Education, the environment, and human rights.

The books, The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community, When The Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf, Never the Twain Shall Meet: Bell, Gallaudet, and the Communications Debate, Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children, The Deaf Community in America: History in the Making, Everyone Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary on Martha’s Vineyard, The Deaf Mute Howls, Signs of Resistance: American Cultural History, 1900 to World War II, and many other books.

Those books are part of long line of truth-telling stories. Deaf community continues to resist hatefulness by AGBell and struggle for justice. Across the nation, Deaf community will not honor AGBell on his birthday that has been attacking our society, working to dehumanize public institutions, and demonizing all of us who are different from the society.

Deaf America has overcome such challenges before. We will fight for economic rights, environmental rights, human rights, and social justice and the right to use American Sign Language (ASL) at all times. We must remain vigilant.

After AGBell’s damaging speech in 1883 and 1884, the next 38 birthdays celebrating AGBell had shaped the future of Deaf Education and Deaf people today in a damaging society. No more!

What kind of Deaf America will we leave future generations? We must continue to resist against AGBell, no matter what.

-JT

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ASL Interpreter: Hate Speech or Freedom of Speech?

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As of March 2nd, 2017–The event: Islamophobia Within Deaf Community held at Gallaudet University, the world’s only academia hub for the Deaf—I refuse to add “Hard of Hearing” for couple of reasons. The stories are important to be seen. All the panelists are storytellers.

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”- Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

One of the panelists has shocked the halls of Gallaudet about an ASL interpreter who has committed a flagrant disregard for intersectionality. The panelist has requested for an ASL interpreter to come and interpret for the event when the interpreter asked the panelist what the event is all about. As soon as the interpreter found out, made a nuclear war statement against Muslims, “I do not work for terrorists.”—I repeat, I do not work for terrorists. That behavior is not rational or safe.

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The interpreter is a disgrace to the interpreting community and RID (Registry of Interpreters for Deaf). That statement is hate speech. We let you know that we are fighting back with any efforts to stop hate speech.

Interpreters were supposed to be the nation’s officials for Deaf—as I understand that RID-certified interpreters took an oath not to discriminate, the whole discrimination and nothing but the discrimination. Given the fact that the interpreter preached a hate speech, it is clear that the interpreter violated the oath, do you agree or not?

Interpreters work for Deaf have been around for many years before RID was founded in 1964—the interpreters have been living in the world of oppression to heal the Deaf community in any kind of form. Are the interpreters necessary in order to acknowledge the existence of discrimination? Why not? The question calls for a clear answer, it does propose whether there is a hate speech against people of color or Muslim in this matter and we need to challenge hate speech in interpreting community.

The interpreter needs to be terminated—no longer represents RID and Deaf community. RID needs to be become more committed to higher education in support of intellectual freedom, the search for social justice, respect for differences, and a belief in collective responsibility for the welfare of all the Deaf people. We also do not need deficit thinkers.

Saying I will not work for terrorists—that is not an important role to play in public. The interpreter does not set a good example for campus unity and pride by means of intersectionalilty to promote its own propaganda. Hate speech is not acceptable.

Are you with me?

UPDATE AS OF MARCH 5, 2017 FOR PROOF OF VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU0qf3o_1qk

-JT

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MLK Holds Strong Inside My Heart

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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. One of my favorite places to hang out at Lincoln Memorial where I would sit there and read a book, almost every time I am there, I always see the spot where MLK gave “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. It holds dearly inside my heart. Not too far from Lincoln Memorial, there is a beautiful memorial in honor of MLK. It is a beautiful sight to see!

Exactly a year away from 50 years anniversary where MLK was assassinated was a repugnant act by racists. Now with President-elect Donald Trump with the inauguration day coming in couple of days, there will be pervading ugliness of their souls by racists, I see the white supremacists are out in force today than ever.

I cannot imagine the pain what MLK was going through that time and now inauguration day coming up, we are forcing to give up our time and honor white racism and treat Trump like equal. Trump treated minorities like a piece of trash. Without white privilege, how would they get their way? The mere existence of racism is proof. If Trump had to oppress minorities including Deaf people by calling them “retards” and yet, we are nothing but invisible. That’s the power of white privilege and hearing privilege, too.

Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice-MLK

I write this with every word I mean it. The country was founded as a racist nation. After the Civil War, all non-white people are second class citizens by law. This is not what America was supposed to be. I rather live in MLK’s America because I refuse to live in Trump’s America!

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Hearing Privileges: The Unspoken Truth

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First of all, I’ve seen all the hashtags #hearingprivilege people shared their experiences. So much pain to see what they were going through. OK, enough small talk. This post will talk about my experience growing up in hearing world—being robbed by hearing privileges. It is rented out for my stress management, allowing me to write on issues that no one cares to or has the courage to.

And trust me, for 41 years of my life is way too long for me to go without being able to vent my pent up frustration in print. This particular issue has been eating away at me for very long time. After pushing myself hard to do this to make room for this dandy, a new truth is ready to be seen for what it really is.

I am sure most people on Gallaudet campus have run into this situation at least once. If not, let me set up the scene to help you visualize what I am picturing. You are walking along, minding your own business when you see a hearing person with privileges coming directly toward you. The person with hearing privileges obviously indicates that they have power, and more specifically they are hearing. Just like anyone else, you move to the other side of the path or hallway to avoid a collision. As the two of you are ready to pass by each other, incident free, they must hear your footsteps, because they begin to swing their stick to feel out the landscape, making sure they are still on course. By doing so, you are forced to play jump rope or dive out of the way to escape a crisp whack on your head.

What is worse, is when you actually are hit with the power-struggling and deal with hearing privileges, or when they try to find a seat in a classroom after showing up late, and they disrupt everyone while trying to feel around for an empty desk. It is an inconvenience to everyone. I know, realize and understand that they have hearing privileges which they control—and I become disgusted each and every person with hearing privileges including within in power for continuing their oppression, and not letting Deaf people stand in the way of their dreams.

But, come on, why must they be an inconvenience to everyone else? According to hearing privileges, they can be provided with power and such. However, why are hearing privileges allow at Gallaudet University to make their routes and everyone else’s trip around campus easier and safer? Why must the mass majority of Deaf students feel obligated to make way for a wildly swinging hearing privileges?

And finally, why hasn’t anyone else had brave enough to speak up about this issue? For example, the chair for ASL/Deaf Studies, Chief for Department of Public Safety, Provost, Director for Mental Health, Vice President, Administration and Finance, Executive Director, Business and Support Services, University administrators, and plenty of assistant professors and professors even some of them that does not know ASL very well, get away with hearing privileges?

Oh well, at least this truth is no longer unspoken for. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to write more about hearing privileges in my next post—this is only beginning.

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-JT

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Deaf Access Justice: Media Manipulation about Terence Crutcher