After I visited Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) headquarters in 2012, a pivotal message I will never forget.
Dear Rachel Dubin,
You had been chosen to represent and protect Alexander Graham Bell organization in all costs, as you said, “There is no deaf community.”
Everyone Deaf is Deaf. It is healthy. It is beautiful. The truth for human existence and happiness.
You are sending a reactionary political climate to minimize the talents of the Deaf community, for one, American Sign Language (ASL) into the most exploited people in our society. It is clearly that you are being colonized.
The Deaf community had been shining their talents long before Alexander Graham Bell moved into Washington, D.C., 1876 and saw the opportunity to practice linguistic hegemony, hatred, and access to disrespect quality education of the Deaf to profit and exploit Deaf citizens in all costs.
The world’s first higher education of the Deaf known as Gallaudet University was founded in D.C. “Deaf Community”—yet, you are carrying the legacy of Alexander Graham Bell to make the Deaf Community as into Dysfunctional Community.
You have no right to say that there is NO DEAF COMMUNITY—What you are feeding is damage-inflicted self-hate.
You have no right to say that there is NO DEAF COMMUNITY—Deaf souls have been deprived from mental, social, linguistic, and physical capabilities.
You have no right to say that there is NO DEAF COMMUNITY—bullying, verbal or written abuse, humiliation, and public shaming.
We must focus on today—and tomorrow—because the ghost of Alexander Graham Bell continues to haunt the Deaf community, dealing with the hatred reaction and threats. “NO DEAF COMMUNITY” is a human threat. ASL is threatened.
You are doing a favor for Alexander Graham Bell organization with personal and social ill plaguing the Deaf community resulting from low self-esteem just like in 1884:
“We should try ourselves to forget that they are deaf. We should try to teach them to forget that they are deaf.”
While ASL and Deaf community does not exist like Dubin claimed, let’s take a look:
Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Paulo Freire:
“True generosity lies in striving so that these hands–whether of individuals or entire peoples–need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world.”
ASL and Deaf community are raising self-esteem are less likely to become self-hate as Alexander Graham Bell policies. The Deaf community is the reason they are transforming the world. Rooting for everyone Deaf, sneak up on us in the middle of our ordinary lives, by the time you realize that you are wasting your time at Alexander Graham Bell’s mercy, attempting to destroy the Deaf community of the larger society, and, your message:
“THERE IS NO DEAF COMMUNITY” to an increasing extent, hate attacks have been more defensive, and the process by fearing rejection, befriend the Deaf community, is a life experience that can impact more negative consequence. The Domino Effect: Creating false images in social media.
Most importantly, Deaf community exists. Centuries and centuries. With probing intelligence, scholarly rigor, and humanist concern, the Deaf community continue to be at the forefront of the struggle to bring the voices of past and present users of ASL within distance of the rest of the world. Rooting for everyone Deaf.
Just like understanding of the past of all the Deaf, inside and outside Kendall Green. Our Deaf community is beautiful, the equal of any throughout the world in moral refinement, wherever it goes. The existence of the Deaf community will never recognize as fallen souls. I was once colonized by Alexander Graham Bell.
Copyright © 2019 Jason Tozier
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Registry of the Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)’s leadership fails to recognize the welfare of Deaf people.
As a Deaf person who had supported American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for years had walked through ACLU’s conference 2018 in Washington, D.C. with thousands and thousands of people, after I walked through and met some coolest ACLU state chapters, and national members you’ve ever seen.
This is what it feels like when you understand your rights feel worth every minute, when the conference starts, when there is an opportunity right there. This is what it feels like when you feel empowered. In the last 22 years of being a Deaf returnee, has been shackling to a cruel and unusual punishment in the eye of United States Constitution, Eighth Amendment.
I was a Gallaudet University graduate student with full scholarship. I was expelled from Gallaudet University for my 32 years ago wrongdoing and mistake. That is when I was 12 years old kid. Just a fucking kid. 32 years ago. I was wrong what I did. Come on! How can it be in the name of truth by figuring out the solution, second-chances upon a potentially far more healthy discourse for Deaf community?
How come the cruel punishment continue to fail to meet the lowest acceptable standards of human fairness, why Deaf community in America spent decades in defending and speaking out against injustice, Audism—when is a hate crime a hate crime? When it is a crime of hate, or when the media say it is not?
And if the society are to be the arbiters of what is, or not, a hate crime, who will judge Deaf people without bias? Is Deaf community the last hope resort?
When society took the dominance over Deaf people’s turfism, the screaming pain in the early days of cruel punishment, Deaf people became the target for the society that could not escape the hate. Whether Deaf people’s traumas can ever truly overcome. The answers offer is in denial, deeply rooted in lies and empty my heart out. The name of truth will ever be seen.
There are two important amendments to the United States Constitution that help to explain the rights of Deaf community.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Here is the breakdown: freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, freedom to petition.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; or shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal when accused of wrongdoing. Due process means the Gallaudet University cannot give you a serious punishment, like suspension or expulsion, without first having followed fair procedures to determine if you are guilty.
If you are found guilty of something, the punishment cannot be more serious than the misconduct was. If Gallaudet chooses to punish you, it must punish all others the same. I continue to “speak up, speak out!” Gallaudet needs change now. Be bold, be changed, and be heard!
In Gallaudet University, most of the people around are totally unaware that there is any problem at Gallaudet University. Talk about it more! Get other interested and concerned for the Deaf in their struggle for social justice. One day to complete my dream to give lecture for ACLU about hate crimes in Deaf community.
Copyright © 2018 Jason Tozier
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Nancy Rourke’s Fix
Happy one year anniversary! That is the day I suffered heart attack at age of 38, before entering into hospital walls to prepare for an emergency room, I can remember very clearly that I was treated well with two paramedics in the ambulance making sure I am OK, they were professional and I appreciated their service very much. The professionalism I endured into the emergency room was capricious and harsh where the doctor asked me if I would like to receive a cochlear implant, of course, I was disconcerted more than anything. Not only that, but I had two witnesses that day next to me as well. It actually happened.
That doctor need to learn her actions that had consequences because she was lenient. The hospital allowed her to escape punishment, there is an idea that the hospital rules for the doctors to have the right to preach genocidal dictators against Deaf people, it is very real concern that has generated a lot of public oppression. It appears that doctor literally got away with Audism, calling attention to the relationship between wealth, privilege and justice. Encouraging cochlear implants in hospitals, the spread of these “disorders” with very limited scientific way to prove, has been very alarming. Driving all of it, of course is the cochlear implant makers and the increasing use of “hearing” as a form of social control. Cochlear implants does not tell doctors everything.
How might the scales of justice tip towards Deaf people with more resources in hospitals? As much as it is invisible in hospitals, it needs to stop their open secrets. Hospitals needs to be more sympathetic to Deaf patients, not the doctors. The Deaf people are the pillars of the community, and the rules of hospital justices are occasionally applied differently from medical arrogance, dividing up Deaf community. Not only that but the doctors would get a lot of money or commission if they succeed their job. I mean, they do not get like five dollars for their commission, no….I mean, a lot of money. Two figures or maybe more. Who knows?
I just realized that the doctors are “power-tripping” their own social behaviors that violates cultural norms towards Deaf people. The cochlear implant makers are teaching the doctors to welcome rising diagnosis rates as evidence that being Deaf is a disorder that needs to be recognized, even though there are many weak evidence about the success of cochlear implants, they must learn that cochlear implant must be shared with or sold to other doctors with the information which can be a diversion long tolerated in hospital settings and gaining ignorance in high-achieving medical practices are particularly dangerous, the doctors are becoming more dangerous because of their medical privileges being abused.
The real truth is that the sounds through cochlear implants are very much part of man-made known as synthetical.
Deaf patients who comes in emergency rooms will likely to be treated with all kinds of flavors and fun packs, brainwashing them to make sure they are designed to push themselves as lab rats to get cochlear implants to be part of standardized test maze the cochlear implant companies and the hospitals agree to create in the medical system.
The doctors in white lab coats are identified as symbols of oppression around Deaf patients, in fact, when it comes to Deaf patients, the discussion often forward as they are seen as uniquely non-oppressive people that they needs to be hear again with their ears. Ironic, right? The factuality of Cochlear Implant is more complex and challenging today and tomorrow.
Let’s get all together and play a board game, Monopoly….shall we?
Copyright © 2013 Jason Tozier
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