Is Joseph Murray the Right Person for WFD President?

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Dr. Joseph Murray recently elected as World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) President–should be seriously examined. He claims that human rights are his expertise. “Human right development project around the world.” in his website.

There is none of his human rights record empowering Deaf returnees. Why not? The Deaf community around the world has been cruel enough to bully Deaf returnees once they return to the society and turn their lives around.

The politics of human rights for Deaf returnees is widely ignored and easily oppressed and suppressed anywhere in the world. Most of the oppressors are preoccupied with what is politically feasible right now. What are some of the human right ideas we should be thinking about today, in hopes that they would become possible for Deaf returnees to be given second chances?

Unhealthy and dangerous policies have been promoted by culture of fear along with fashionable political moods or to be the pressures of the lies. What we need someone who is honest enough even with human rights record to make better accessible for Deaf returnees, rather than to present them with the human suffering for the rest of their lives. That is, we need to challenge human rights for Deaf returnees around the world to give them the benefit of their experience and wisdom.

If we want a change in our human rights lifetime, we are going to have to make it possible for Deaf returnees around the world to receive higher education, jobs, living conditions, and hate-free climate.

Reality of Deaf returnees is independent from human representation. The real world of beliefs, experiences, statements, and struggles. Truth is about the accuracy of representation. Knowledge is always objective. While truth is a matter of accurate representation, knowledge does not derive from the subjective attitudes.

Representations are subject to all the limitations of prejudice, ignorance, stupidity, venality, and dishonesty–all sorts of motives to oppress the oppressed, or even get away with the human right violations.

Is Dr. Joseph Murray the right person for WFD president? Ask Joseph Murray to describe human rights for Deaf returnees to receive higher education at Gallaudet University without bias. Ask Murray how he defines Deaf returnees academically–and you are certain to get some intriguing answers. Particularly when you pose this question to a faculty body as diverse as our nation. It was a mistake by WFD to elect Dr. Joseph Murray.

Deaf returnees around the world must not lag behind in protecting and promoting human rights. This action would honour Deaf returnee’s commitment to preserve their stories and they can make all the difference in the world, which is unique. While human rights around the world has a history of oppressing Deaf returnees in colleges and universities, the dilemma is that far more denial than they admit that human right violation does exist even on the world’s only university for the Deaf.

It is about time that the speculation of violating human rights for Deaf returnees is protested. Simply, the view of Deaf returnees is often lead to culture of hate, culture of fear, and culture of stigma, is most inadequate, distorted by social “passions and prejudices” against the image of Deaf returnee in society.

Again, Dr. Joseph Murray, the WFD elected-president, is he the right person to lead “human rights” work as he claimed that it is his best work?

-JT

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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

Copyright © 2018 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

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