Many non-signers do not have access to the open letter to Ella and the CAD because it is in ASL without any transcript.
In the interest of making this vlog accessible to Deaf people from a variety of backgrounds – we have a transcript. Please leave a comment of any errors in the transcript so they can be corrected. The original vlog in ASL can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7BJUSr_1gk
Also, embedded in the transcript are comments from People of the Eye – these appear in bold.
Note: to see thetrue facts go to the CAD Bylaws
Open Videoletter by theHolism
Posted October 01, 2009 Youtube and DVTV
Title Frame: Open Letter to Ella and CAD
The Holism: “Hello this is an open letter to Ella and C.A.D. (California Association of the Deaf) . First I want to thank Ella for creating that vlog explaining and expanding that she was NOT on the board of C.A.D. during the time that the word
D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d was put in the b-y-l-a-w-s. I stand c-o-r-r-e-c-t-e-d. I didn’t realize that D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d has been there in the b-y-l-a-w-s since 2005 and I didn’t know how long she served as a board member. When she started to serve on the board? I didn’t not know when. Thank you for that vlog. . I stand c-o-r-r-e-c-t-e-d. That still does not change the d-y-n-a-m-i-c-s o-f this problem so I will move forward and a-d-d-r-e-s-s this issue with you and C.A.D.
People of the Eye: Did theHolism send this correction to the Dept of Justice as the letter he sent them and encouraged others to send contained a direct accusation that PERSON X caused the CAD to put Deafhood into the bylaws?
People of the Eye: Did theHolism approach the C.A.D. and request a meeting to sit down and discuss this matter before sending his misstatements and accusations to the CA Dept of Justice? See
TheHolism: You all know that I sent a letter to California DOJ – Department of Justice. I’ve been in contact with them to share my concerns with the DOJ about the b-y-l-a-w-s under C.A.D. I shared my r-e-a-s-o-n-s, reasons about why I’m concerned about the b-y-l-a-w-s – the point is it discriminates, d-i-s-c-r-i-m-i-n-a-t-e against specific Deaf people. I strongly feel in reading the b-y-l-a-w-s that the word D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d is a f-o-r-m of discrimination by m-e-a-n-s o-f p-r-o-f-i-l-i-n-g, this means to identify someone as being “not Deaf enough” whereas “he is Deaf enough” “that one’s Deaf culture – not” “they’re Deaf culture – yes” divide, divide, divide,
People of the Eye: Feelings are not facts and you have not proven that the inclusion of the word Deafhood with the very broad and inclusive definition in the bylaws is in fact profiling or discrimination. The result is that you appear to be profiling and discriminating against certain individuals and organizations that do not fit your world view of things. The AG Bell association focuses on O-R-A-L Deaf and Hard of Hearing folks – it is their prerogative to do so. Why do you not call for them to spell out what this means and how they will prevent any risk of profiling or discrimination? AG Bell can but CAD can’t? (which it isn’t even doing). Why do you feel it is your duty to file a complaint with the CA Department of Justice about word choices that you don’t fully understand or agree with when there are real cases of discrimination and audism (gasp, yes, I used the A word) in our midst?
TheHolism: P-r-o-f-i-l-i-n-g is a f-o-r-m o-f d-i-s-c-r-i-m-i-n-a-t-i-o-n, discrimination for your information. That I feel is not appropriate. It has no place in C.A.D.’s b-y-l-a-w-s.
People of the Eye: If CAD were truly profiling or discriminating we would agree with you but it is not and your feelings and fears are misguided.
Intertitle frame: CAD’s by-laws clearly defined D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d as…
Intertitle frame: a life-long process and experience as a Deaf person.
Intertitle frame: Which is a clear indication of profiling, a form of discrimination against certain deaf people.
People of the Eye: HUH?????? Clear as mud you are.
The Holism: In the b-y-l-a-w-s at the bottom, it states D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d means what? A life-long process and experience as a Deaf person – based on a l-i-f-e l-o-n-g p-r-o-c-e-s-s – this means what? Language, culture – enculturated into the person to be qualified as D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d.
People of the Eye: This is your interpretation not what is stated in the bylaws.
TheHolism: Another person who did not grow up oral, or grew up with a C.I. or was l-a-t-e deafened, or is deaf but is fully assimilated with hearing people, those types of people, they grow up to be 18 or 20, they want to support, join as o-f-f-i-c-e-r-s, they can’t because they are not Deaf enough.
People of the Eye: Whoa??? What page is that on? I can’t find that anywhere. Who said they can’t join? No one has said that – more fiction again and again. Even if CAD wanted to say all officers must be ASL, would they not be within the same rights as the AG Bell Association to require its members to be oral?
TheHolism: That is discrimination. A f-o-r-m of p-r-o-f-i-l-i-n-g which is not permitted by law. Now my question with this word D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d, who has that kind of authority,
j-u-r-i-s-d-i-c-t-i-o-n to decide who i-s Deaf enough and who is not Deaf enough and who created C.A.D. that’s “God to decide.”
People of the Eye: Since the bylaws were voted on by the CAD – the board was authorized to add the word Deafhood. By the way there is no mention of G-d in the bylaws. Not sure why you are bringing up God here. The National Association of the Deaf has recognized the words Deafhood, Audism and even Linguicism in there website in the past yet it is not exclusionary or discriminating.
Intertitle frame: A word becomes valid when we are able to enforce or defend it.
TheHolism: A-s you know words are v-a-l-i-d or i-n-v-a-l-i-d base on our ability, a-b-i-l-i-t-y to
e-n-f-o-r-c-e o-r d-e-f-e-n-d. This means what? If you label me D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d, who gives you the authority to e-n-f-o-r-c-e D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d o-n me? Secondly, how can I
d-e-f-e-n-d myself and say no I am not D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d? Without showing specific
g-u-i-d-e-l-i-n-e-s o-r criteria, c-r-i-t-e-r-i-a to explain it clearly, explaining it with a comprehensive listing, I can’t say I don’t f-i-t that description. O-r you can say you are
D-e-a-f-h-o-o-d and you f-i-t that description.
theHolism: To b-e able to e-n-f-o-r-c-e o-r d-e-f-e-n-d that is important to give support to the word, without that r-e-f-e-r-e-n-c-e you can’t e-n-f-o-r-c-e words on others and they can’t defend themselves. That’s very b-a-s-i-c. B-a-s-i-c law is our right to defend ourselves.
People of the Eye: This is the basic flaw in your premise, you searched and concocted ways to see the CAD bylaws as biased and discriminatory – to the point where you sent false information to the Dept of Justice saying that the CAD bylaws had removed the word hard of hearing, when it in fact appears 11 times. If you read the bylaws for what they are rather than what you try to make them falsely be – you will see that the inclusion of Deafhood is to signify that to be Deaf is a good thing and that is the spirit in which CAD will operate and advocate. There is no criteria of Deafhood BECAUSE they have no intention of using a Deafhood yard stick to see who can come in and who can not.
Intertitle frame: CAD needs to abandon the practice of profiling in order to respect others.
TheHolism: Bottom line, r-e-s-p-e-c-t for you all Deaf people that have different choices and
p-r-e-f-e-r-e-n-c-e. Many of you did not choose their p-a-t-h. Many of you went through being oral, having C.I., mainstreaming, becoming Deaf later – not b-y c-h-o-i-c-e s-o let’s be fair to these people who a-r-e Deaf too. Maybe they are not Deaf b-y your
s-t-a-n-d-a-r-d but in the dictionary the first definition, they qualify a-s a Deaf person.
People of the Eye: Where is your respect? Where is your respect for your fellow human being. You have misrepresented facts again and again. You have distracted, distorted, disinformed, and tried to destroy too many lights, too many peaceful flames, too many good souls who have been ready to take peaceful and just stands. It’s time to stop.
TheHolism: Thanks for hearing me o-u-t.
People of the Eye: