Its an affront to America – R/Evolution

heye all

“Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.”
— James Baldwin

Many Deaf leaders, for instance, will advocate for social liberation of Deaf individuals only to a point. They may, for instance, push for more captioning and rights to interpreting services, but turn stoic when asked to invest in reforming Deaf education.

~ Aubrecht & Commerson

(see – for ASL versions click the IV.i .ii .iii)

oh the b/vlogsphere is a flutter – Deaf ASL folks on TV

where is the AG Bell when u need it?

just kidding folks

so here is me thoughts on these items but i want ya all to think BIG picture ok –


– audism vs. equality


– injustice vs. justice


– hate vs. love


– ignorance vs. knowledge


– arrogance vs. acceptance


– evolution vs. revolution

ok that that framed properly?  now get comfy.


yuck. that is my overall review.

im not a TV watcher folks and CSI is just lame

As my 13 son predicted early on – the interpreter did IT. (kinda)

and he also asked: why are the women interpreters voicing for the male characters and vice versa and why is the Deaf woman looking all emotional but the male voice interpreter is saying in a dead pan way “I slept with your husband.”

And my daughter adds – “involved with” really that is how she would sign “involved with” to mean ive done done it with your hubby?

dont worry they quickly left the room and popped back in several times again to catch a few more minutes – to each time say:

“Again, why are you watching this?”

To which i replied each time unconvincingly while pointing at the tube “there are Deaf people on TV.”

wow, i too sound like a desperate idiot – perhaps CSI is scripting me

bottom line – we need to make our own TV shows – p l e a s e Gosh NAD cant u advocate for a Deaf CHANNEL – pls! The UK has one and they have kick butt Deaf independent short film productions -hmmm is there a correlation between seeing urselves on TV and knowing that u can create and shape ur own representation????

hmmm i wouldnt know cuz US Deaf are mostly just advocating for:

captions and Deaf guest spots on bad programs


Link to program

there ya go folks “audism unveiled”

making the “invisible visible”

yes, yes folks that there was AUDISM – u can call it plain ole discrimination if u like or oppression but pls do at least try to spell it properly cuz that is just way pre-k when u intentionally misspell it

audism is The notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or behave in the manner of one who hears.

The two Deaf women were both told “no dogs and Deaf folks allowed” and that is audism

One Deaf woman  used her speaking and listening skills – don’t matter.  She was not a person of the ear – and did not fully behave as Hearing folks do cuz she was Deaf (wee bit or big bit matters not) so the manager said “walk on by….”

So this show is about “to be a by stander or not to be a by stander”

cool.  2 folks did shout outs

Hearing woman “She should be suing your ass.”

Hearing man “That is absolutely discrimination. I’m really shocked. And if this is the case, I’m not bringing my business back here… You basically said, I am not hiring a Deaf person.  You’re not saying I’m not hiring a person that’s not qualified…  I don’t see how you expect things to change in this country when no one will give anyone a chance.

It’s an affront.

It’s an affront to America.”

wow, i love this man

seriously – we need more heros!

2 out of….. hmmmmm

Moral compasses be broken everywhere, eh

Oh and all the “experts” in getting around the law sliding up to the manager actor giving sweet advise.  wow wee.

Basically saying “pssst mr. manager – u cant legally discriminate against them so u should do it in a more subtle way, dude, cuz u dont wanna get busted.”

wow tips in how to do audism right – sweet…not


So big hand waves to the guy who challenged the manager in front of the two Deaf women – that took…. balls.  And we all should grow some more balls and ovaries when it comes to doing the right thing.

“injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” mlk jr

“its never the wrong time to do the right thing,” (lots of folks said this but Larry Fleischer is the one ill quote)

Employment discrimination is the biggest obstacle facing Deaf folks despite Title I of the Americans with Disability Act and it is the hardest one to prove.

Why? cuz most employers r aware of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prohibiting the discrimination against folks based on their difference.

Its a big no no – so the way to get around it is to simply say “thanks” then when their backs are turned “deep six away”



The most disability condition Deaf folks are facing in the work force – ……

drum roll

other folks limited expectations of what they are capable of doing

THAT is the crux of the problem often

not always – in some cases folks simply r not qualified but in most cases its a “no dogs and Deaf folks need apply”

audism sucks.

SIDE NOTE to TV PRODUCERS: Dear anybody who puts Deaf ASL folks in the camera lens – can u not hack out the signs?  pretty please

(this includes me cuz i have worked on short films where camera angles werent set up right and we had to cover up the mistake by relying on captions as the fall back)

for TV folks though – i know its a hard concept that u might actually want to record the signing and not just extreme close ups of fluttering hands and intense facial close ups so we cant even see the signing but if we cut out the audio on u in mid sentence at whim here and there just cuz we thought we was so artisy – u would be a wee bit peeved.

just a wee bit.  and pls when u correct this error dont overcompensate but doing static shots of the face and torso so ALL the signs are captured – u can even shoot them from the side or from behind.  get creative and get a cinematographer consultant.  I nominate Wayne Betts, Jr.

Superbowl captioning

really – this is IMPORTANT?




NAD please invest in getting us a Deaf Channel on TV

NAD please invest in public service announcements about how its cool and good and normal to be Deaf ASL folks

NAD please invest in Deaf schools and programs

NAD please invest in captioning – yes but seriously COMMERCIALS on one day out of the year is your GOAL

100% coverage – yes now i know what kind of beer i want to buy cuz the words there are scrolling across the bottom of that babes bikini

thank u lord jezus – i am saved



NAD did u see that the Utah school for the Deaf is closing

2,000 kids schoolless

worries u not

ahhhhh – back to that bystander thingy eh?


bloody cruddy pity


i already sung this tune so ill just link ya (link) – u can scroll down but this is REALLY important folks really important and what we should be v/blogging about by the hundreds but nah lets just keep blogging about TV shows

someone in a comment somewhere re: the closing of the Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind wrote:

Anonymous said…

The oral kids will do fine in the mainstream schools. The signing kids will have to adjust. They dont like it, tough, its part of the evolution.

back to me –

Wow Wee

Survival of the fittest frame of mind

Social Darwinism and eugenics on crack

so lets break down this audist statement to see what we shall see, eh?

The oral kids will do fine in the mainstream schools.

define “fine”

that will tell us everything

most likely (and yes i know this is me making assumptions but ive seen this crap before chaps) – most likely s/he who shall remain anon. means – the Oral kids are better equiped to fake it in the mainstream

yep, that is probably true but…..

they is still faking it.

and that is a falsehood that is VERY hard to undue later

very hard

and babbidge declared oralism to be a dismal failure 1964 report to congress

and COED said mainstreaming and TC were a big ole failure in 1988 report to congress

we is WAY over due for another report aint we

and what would the report show?

  • tower of babel – not cool, fools

  • bells and whistles – works somewhat for some and doesnt work for others and we wont get into the shocks, deaths, questionable ethics, or costs of CI here

  • holy grail – their aint none

  • audism sucks

  • standing by and being a bystanding sucks


what are we gonna do?

The signing kids will have to adjust. They dont like it, tough, its part of the evolution.

The signing kids will adjust to the mainstream?

Duh, its been sink or swim 24/7 for the average Deaf child – from the moment they enter this Hearing world as a Deaf wee thing or from the moment they become Deaf from illness, medicine, accident, hereditary progressive “Deaf gain” etc

and yes they always adjust

some better than others eh?

some are able to “become DEAF” in heart, soul, mind, language, culture etc and learn to “have the spiritual audacity to assert our somebodyness” and others just keep treading water in the mainstream shouting out “look at me im sandra dee – i can sing and pee and tweet to thee”

and some drowned

drowned in their sorrows

drowned in their liquor

drowned in their sex addictions

drowned in their internet binging

drowned in their poverty

drowned in their “superiority”

drowned in their complancy

drowned in their dinner table syndrome

drowned in their stigma_ta

drowned in their martyrs syndrome

drowned in their Gallaudet syndrome

drowned in their Stockholm syndrome

drowned in their learned helplessness

drowned in their suppression

drowned in their repression

drowned in their loneliness

drowned in their self-pity

drowned in their victimhood

drowned in their defense mechanicism

drowned in their TV, Superbowl, consumerism, elitism, consumption, capitalism, …

drowned in their sorrow

and some ….






and instead of saying “its evolution” to try to weed out folks who are different and make them into “Little Boxes on the hillside” – lets stop standing by and being bystanders and instead….


Talkin’ bout a Revolution

ignite the light and take back the night folks

When Deaf activists “rock the boat,” our own deaf have-a-little-want-mores are the individuals that the hearing oppressor usually sends to placate or shut down those who are pushing for change. And they do step in to put out fires, in part because they are afraid of losing the little power that the oppressor has granted them.
~ Aubrecht & Commerson
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Burke)
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. ~ Malcolm X
“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” ~ Malcolm X
“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” MLK JR
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” MLK JR
“If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?”
– Sojourner Truth
“The tiniest truth always defeats the greatest lie.”
~ Jeffrey Roberts

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deafa
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 13:53:44

    There’s I am hoping they would have their own channel like BET or spanish channel but who knows.

    About the evolution, all I say to that person is that This is NOT a hearing world (nor right-handed world when people tell left handed people to “adapt” tools and gadgets made for right-hand people) deaf people who signs live in this world too. He need to deal with it and he is violating their human rights by telling them they don’t deserve education in their language. Gosh, I can’t understand people like that.

  2. handeyes
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 14:54:47

    deafa – ill join ya in that there hope

    its a good one

    just hope the programming aint overly dramatic soap opera type stuff


    u r so so so so right and i thank u

    re: “can’t understand people like that.” me neither. it may just be that they dont understand themselves too much either.

    thanks much for the comment



  3. DE
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 02:58:26

    I feel you, Patti!

  4. handeyes
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 22:18:23

    aw thanks DE

    eyes ahead – like the pix of Gandhi

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