Dianrez makes a wise recommendation and poses a valid question in the previous “People of the Eye” blog entry – scroll down to her comment
“The best thing about flat-earth supporters is that they force us to define better why the earth is round. That task over, let’s not waste time continuing the debate too long and move on to unexplored topics. Such as why it is difficult for some people to respect ASL as they do with other languages.”
Ain’t Dianrez grand? (this is a rhetorical question cuz obviously i think she is grand and so do several other folks here and there. disclaimer – it goes without saying we dont always agree on everything cuz i dont even agree with meself on a regular basis so this is not “group think” *spooky music insert* folks but rather just me singing the praise of a thinker and a doer and a mover and a shaker and also putting forth that valid question cuz i really do like questions and i love learning. And cuz it aint easy being as brave as she is.)
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. Mahatma Gandhi
and cuz it is kinda interesting to see how the more they try to scream the sky is falling on our flat earth while discrediting truths and framing & blaming it all on the big ole huge Deafhood conspiracy – all they end up doing is sinking deeper into the quicksand of their own making. DANG that is hard to watch so i wont no more. i so totally wanted to help pull them out and brush them off give ’em a hug and talk about love or nature or civil subjects but alas it is not meant to be when they be pumping out crap for clicks and that im starting to believe this is their main incentive –
the clicks folks is what drives them to blog cuz without the drama, the antagonism, the dissing the Deaf, they wouldn’t muster much on the blog-o-meter.
while their stuff has all been beyond pre-K-puerile (and some good folks have hopped into the quicksand along with them in their effort to try to right wrongs) the good news is that the Deaf community, ASL and most especially the TRUTH be shining forward. As in forward march
so no feeding the trolls when they be taking their stroll through DR/DVTV land folks
(scroll down for troll strolling warning signs / dos and donts poster)
no feeding our trolls – just love ’em from a far and whisper some prayers for ’em. (and remember the opposite game). If u gotta challenge – challenge with love and truth and dont get all defensive responding to their b.s cuz it is pure b.s piled higher and deeper than the folks with real PhDs that they love to diss. And love them.
and now to the valid question: “why it is difficult for some people to respect ASL as they do with other languages.”
Dianrez highlighted some examples of folks not respecting ASL
link loads slowly so if u want – u can go to the main page http://dianrez.xanga.com and scroll down to the Aug 11, 2010 entry (blue about 5th one down)
there are more – like folks saying ASL is bad English and not a real or a true language
but REALLY these folks be and are a BY PRODUCT of our dominant culture’s attitude of:
English is best – better than the rest (ie Linguicism)
and they – those folks who like to nuk nuk nuk in the muck muck muck and give a dog a bone …. they aint got any real power except to keep us chasing after their tails. so lets not.
the real SYSTEMS that are perpetuating the attitude that ASL or any natural sign language is inferior to speech are the oral / aural only industries, programs, publications, productions etc etc – why aint we challenging them???
so again – Why is it so difficult for some people to respect ASL as they do with other languages???
And another question – is independence really achieved via listening and talking or is that false advertising?
care to wager a wonder?
think big picture folks – not the small beans of bears of wee brains (and i love pooh so dont get me wrong folks)
and for your viewing pleasure: