Colonization of Deaf America

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The root of hatred is still there. Alexander Graham Bell Association never formally issued an apology in front of the Deaf community for what they have done to our Deaf citizens including Indigenous Deaf people and to our culture and language.

Where is the formal written letter? Where is the video message provided with subtitles in front of millions of Deaf people? Where is the article being published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the major news outlets apologizing to the Deaf community? It is not going to happen. Why? They are guilty of a hate crime.

The Deaf community is being on the brink of being eliminated. It had been in North America for centuries and centuries. That’s the colonization of Deaf America and that is what Alexander Graham Bell wants to eliminate the Deaf community.

Laurent Clerc helped Deaf America since he first arrived in 1816; Truth be told that Alexander Graham Bell had been attempting to take away rights in the face of exploitation have been at the heart of hate crime targeting Deaf people from all walks of life.

The marginalization of the Deaf community had been targeted everywhere in social life. Deaf citizens had been suffering and unable to exercise capacities in social ways. Alexander Graham Bell was born in 1847 on the third day of March, and the economics of AGBell had been honored for the legacy of the oppressive system.

Nothing could be further from the truth, given that AGBell’s hatred of the Deaf people is the product of violent oppression by the hearing supremacy. The invisibility still carries around the Deaf community, and the colonization continues to attack the political, social, values, knowledge even in the worst colonized mind possible.

AGBell would be the most admired person to weaken the status of the Deaf community even in 2020 today. The neglect of the Deaf community leaves them severely wounded, cutting off access to the truth, and the practices of hatred send a powerful message.

When a campaign partners up with Alexander Graham Bell Association, “makes them possible and even acceptable. What makes violence a phenomenon of social injustice and not merely an individual moral wrong is its systematic character, its existence as a social practice, its legitimacy” –[Young, I. (1990). Justice and the politics of difference.]

It is scary enough that goes too far enough that the structural elements of colonization in the Deaf community are what it is being introduced into the power gain far more destructive more than the Deaf community really understands. It is a human crisis.

The legacy of Alexander Graham Bell is dangerous. Even the self-directed “agreement” of the Deaf community is far vulnerable to give Alexander Graham Bell Association more access to the exploitation.

-JT

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FLASH NEWS: HATE CRIME IN TENNESSEE!

 

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Is Hate Crime a Buzzword? This news needs to share everywhere! 

On December 17, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn, a Deaf driver for Uber had been brutally beaten for being Deaf by two hearing men in the staunchest form of Surdophobia (fear of Deaf people), and it has not been recognized as a hate crime. Should Surdophobia be recognized in the same way as racial or religious hatred? Why not? As for why hostility against Deaf individuals is not being included. There is no piece of protection of the Deaf individuals and that is the biggest problem. They suffer in a culture of silence. The outcome of such experiences has shown not enough understanding of the psychological roots of hate crimes. 

Good example. HATE=AVERSION. For example, two men with hearing privileges, white privileges, used aversion by blocking or denying the driver because he is Deaf. CRIME=ACTION. Therefore, it is HATE CRIME. 

What happened in Knoxville is what it is quoted in Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed by Jack Levin and Jack McDevitt: 

“In reactive hate crimes, hate-mongers seize on what they consider to be precipitating or triggering incident to serve as   a catalyst for the expression of their anger.” 

The driver’s identity shall be protected status, and the two men who attacked, whether it is white straight-male hearing privileges dominated world, the hate crime has been committed, then it ends up into Dark Figure Crime (DFC) statistics. The stigma and shame are the number one killer in the Deaf community. Throughout history, there have been many instances where one group held sway over another.

It is the stigma that is slipping and sliding their way down the power struggle. In fear of triggering truth, America is no longer a place of free and critical thinking. The Deaf individuals shall not be exposed to a form of hate where they face dangers every day. The discovery of “hate crime” in the Deaf community, it is a scar of knowledge, and to the hearing community, it is the symbol of power by the oppressive society. 

When it starts to silence Deaf individuals who are victimized by hate crime, the truth fades. The social media is so powerful that it goes through the series of twisted truths, especially denials what happened in Knoxville can be triggering. The emotional toll can take on a person, for example, the Deaf driver is enormous. We may see the increase in the role of hate, of human ignorance, and the effects of policies over the years and years had shown a big concern that did not exactly clear across the states and localities of Deaf individuals in America. 

The system has failed the Deaf community and its American way of life. As Levin and McDevitt point out that reactive hate crimes often occur in response to minorities moving into a community or neighborhood: 

“In contrast, the perpetrators of reactive hate crimes tend to target a particular individual or set of individuals who are perceived to constitute a personal threat” 

Getting involved, taking action, and demanding change. The hate of the Deaf has been threatened for their own livelihoods, and the stakes are powerfully high because hate crime continues to be invisible in the Deaf community. We all need resources to help us be more at peace, a guide to Deaf-centered tools, and more understanding toward ourselves and others as well. 

Should you be interested in hate crime lectures, please get in touch with me by clicking the link below:

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Constitution Day: People of the Eye

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Today, The Constitution of the United States is done and signed by a majority of delegates attending the historic Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia today on September 17, 1787. It’s a hallmark that in the Deaf community, we need to protect our rights.

The ASL/Deaf community has been dealing with very difficult social and economic changes and we need to address an aura of optimism among ourselves who see the possibility of making American Sign Language (ASL) a more dynamic force in communication and instruction for all Deaf people. Especially constitutional rights.

The Deaf community should be a public service—not a place of fear what is called ‘Surdophobia’, “fear of Deaf people” and take advantage of them because of auditory measures. That is beyond cruel punishment and that is exactly why oppression has since become a unique subset of Deaf America. Why? Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution that applies to the Deaf community today. That is a good example of language bigotry.

Can we dedicate ourselves to protect Deaf America? The Constitution of the United States of America—is an important asset that also dedicates to Deaf America, the quality is largely invisible that often overlooked a group of minorities, who easily targets.

Constitutional rights in local, state, and federal—and….their country. The Deaf community needs to restore citizen trust and empower through American democracy. A strong, Deaf community is vital to help the Deaf community to build resources.

If we do not know, with confidence, our part in the whole and our place in history, we can become frustrated by what we have to do. If we know what being Deaf means, our self-esteem and self-determination would be much surer. It is important to understand how much importance of the United States Constitution means for us to preserve our language and culture.

The Future of Library: Can We End Stereotyping?

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Can we turn the pages on stereotypes? What would library meet the quality of knowledge and positive attitude would it be more powerful come of Deaf community?

We need more Deaf-centered writers more than ever. Their contributions are valuable. Their stories alongside the life experiences all year long, sharing the knowledge resources to keep Deaf community humanely challenging the deficit writers by hearing people who exploits Deaf community for the benefit of hearing privileges, wealth, and class.

By turning the pages on stereotypes in Deaf community, no one takes away from our fundamental freedoms and ownership. The library should look at quality of books whose published by DEAF writers and DEAF-owned publishing–in the critical time for Deaf community not to feel their Deaf identity being served in the severe jeopardy.

We need more Deaf-centered writers. We must stop hearing writers with no experience in Deaf world, exploiting and labeling us, Deaf people what would call: stereotypes–attempting to process of eliminating identical qualities from Deaf own experience around the Earth equation to define who Deaf people are.

Today, Deaf community is being defined and “interpreted” completion and hearing restoration very differently from far truth. Library cardholders, makes all the difference in Deaf community more than ever.

Whenever library holders enters and search for the QUALITY (POWER) of knowledge which DEAF community offers a much simpler method of what DEAF as a human being than the misinformation by hearing writers, it is what quality is all about.

We need more Deaf library cardholders because they set a good example of legacy for generations to come and the numbers that run the society we breathe, learn, and read.

For example, showing 12,000+ DEAF books at a local library in Tennessee gives a lot of false hope. When it comes to library, it should be prevailing wisdom for library cardholders that would seek go home with books published by DEAF writers, it is a festival of hope, knowledge, and appreciation, don’t you notice that part?

The library is like a cruise ship, and the library cardholders whenever checking out books written by DEAF writers, is no longer outsider when they read and re-creating their lives to their own time and makes clear how much Deaf community needs more DEAF WRITERS more than ever are to our daily lives.

ASL Video:

-JT

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DELTA AIR LINES: Deaf Passengers Insulted and Humiliated

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The major airlines were supposed to treat people with respect, dignity, and professionalism. When it comes to Deaf passengers, it is the opposite of it. Like, Respect-disrespect. Dignity-dishonor. Professionalism-amateur.

At the center of viral video scandal, it is just a good example of the Surdophobia, a term for the fear of Deaf people. It also shows the hearing privileges where a hearing passenger calling police on Deaf people is a cheap shot: Hate does not win. Is it a new norm for hearing people to call police on Deaf people?

In American airplane industry, hearing privileges are allowed to call police on Deaf people when hearing people don’t have patience. It’s a cheap shot. It is known fact that Deaf people have a lot of patience dealing with this language hegemony in the past and present tense.

By the Powers of Audism dominating Deaf people to offend them, and falsely attack them, is a widely pattern of vulnerability and why were they really afraid of in the first place?

What Delta Air Lines did to Deaf people like Melissa and Socorro is a cruelty act which is a good example of violation on 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution, is a sign of psychological distress even for Deaf passengers out there who experienced this at major airplanes. THEY SHOULD NOT EXPERIENCE OPPRESSION AT ALL COSTS.

I understood the experience and pain. It has happened to me before. Delta Airplanes shouldn’t let this to victimize Deaf people without consequences. That will be a lifelong battle for Deaf people in the future. The fact that the society like major airlines could be easily warns potential Deaf passengers with the stigma of “DEAF”—is so callow and capricious. Why do they have to deal with language humiliation? The most painful thing for Deaf people when they face with worst humiliation was only pleasing hearing privileges at their own expense. It’s so wrong!

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It is a hate literature when someone with hearing privileges calls police on Deaf passengers and accused them of assault is low point. How could anyone do that to Deaf passengers, in the past and present tense to teach them the hard ways to live with consequences for the rest of their lives?

-JT

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Rethinking ASL Justice & AGBell Colonialism

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Without question, 2018 has been emotional, heart-breaking, heart-crunching, heart-wrenching, hurt, being lied to, being deceived, confused, showing the culture of bystander, denials, and lost souls for Deaf community. Where is justice for American Sign Language (ASL)?

LEAD-K. It was never about data. It was about Alexander Graham Bell. With our help, we need to stand up for justice and stop Alexander Graham Bell patronizing Deaf people down. In fact, the word of the year for 2018 by Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice”—how fitting it is.

In New York Times by Dan Levin, writes that:‘in choosing the noun, Merriam-Webster said that it was looked up on its website 74 percent more often than in 2017’

 LEAD-K was never about justice. It was more like travesty. What is travesty? Representing in a false or distorted way and that is how Deaf community felt about being represented in a false picture that it is all right to team up with Alexander Graham Bell.

LEAD-K helped Alexander Graham Bell gain more prejudice against ASL in our Deaf community. They are allowing Alexander Graham Bell to gain access to hate and Surdophobia in Deaf schools and mainstreaming schools.

Two years after LEAD-K formed, there are two things are absolutely clear: Alexander Graham Bell’s words and actions reflect the Audism, Surdophobia, and Hate Speech that had been at the face of the LEAD-K campaign. Now Cued Speech is forming in Virginia and Illinois—and wants to spread all over America with the help of LEAD-K. It was never about data or improving literacy in reading and writing.

A coalition of activists had been spending a lot of time, energy, and passion to bring the truth about Alexander Graham Bell’s hateful ideology. There are plenty of Deaf artists who drew pictures of how Alexander Graham Bell are dangerous proves effective, with survivors of Alexander Graham Bell gaining greater understanding through their own artwork.

There are plenty of Deaf writers who took it to the streets, social media, and public, showing the truth about Alexander Graham Bell and sends a message onto the platform to distribute truth and challenging the lies that makes Deaf students “successful” with Cued Speech, listening and speaking, and cochlear implants, and the list goes on, making Alexander Graham Bell for the message.

LEAD-K claims that it would support the foundation of Deaf children, and help protect young lives from the destructive effects of Oralism, but Deaf community got fooled badly.

The educational materials would help and empower Deaf people with the facts they need to live healthy, Audism-free lives. We need to continue and stand up against Audism and Surdophobia practice and conquer the language hegemony or oppression.

Now it is time for us to spread the truth. We stand up for social justice! We stand up for ASL justice!

-JT

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