‘no particular reason’
in a thread here at People of the Eye a commenter shared that he emailed Catherine Murphy, Gallaudet’s new PR chief, and asked her why she led a press release about a diversity day at Gallaudet with ‘hearing’ before all other groups listed – her reply was basically “no particular reason”
id copy and paste the commenter’s comment here but this is one time he does not have the standard line under his name of “Public domain notice: I put all of my expressions in this post in the public domain.” hmmmm?
Now back to main point (yes, folks i dont want to see comments bashing Joseph the III – i have an affinity for him even if we often do not see eye to eye or aye to aye. he is generally an honest bloke and i like that. the fact that he is content with Ms. Murphy’s ‘no particular reason’ response just communicates to me how low his expectations are for her and us and we gotta help him aim a bit higher and better and i dont want this to be about Joseph the III – he did a service by getting the reply and we shall return our gaze to the MAIN POINT)
(note: if you are not familiar with Catherine Murphy’s past actions prior to coming to Gally as the Executive Director of Public and Media Relations, you can check out: https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/2-for-what-gallaudets-new-appointments/)
Da main point:
– is not to bash Ms. Murphy either
– is not to distort and distrupt either
– it is to:
know some truths
and ask some questions
Truths & Questions:
1. there are VERY important things happening in the world right now and this matter is very small beans but we r still paying attention cuz Gandhi said:”Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.”
2. According to one blogger in a Gallaudet Spring 2011 newsletter Ms. Murphy stated: “I haven’t encountered any negative feedback myself, and everyone here at Gallaudet has been very welcoming.”
This is weird folks because we know she cruises the Deaf blogsphere – she kinda has to in her new position and had to in her previous gig at AG Bell Association and so she must have encountered some negative feedback. Folks have not been shy about communicating their concerns re: Gallaudet’s hiring of her so is she saying “I’m not Deaf, I’m just ignoring you”?
im just asking.
She goes on to say “However, I can understand where some people might take notice of my selection for this position.”
OK so this means that she can see why folks might be alarmed by her hire so you would THINK she would not lead the news release about the diversity day with “hearing” if she had such an “understanding” and “expertise in public RELATIONS”
So again what is she communicating? “I’m not Blind, I can see you. I’m just ignoring you” ?
im just asking.
Murphy goes on to say “I see my role as acting at the discretion of President Hurwitz and the Board of Trustees in implementing their vision as outlined in the Gallaudet Strategic Plan and in supporting the University’s bilingual mission.”
Wow – this is GREAT. has anyone seen ANY release or publicity penned by Catherine where she has mentioned American Sign Language???? Even the news release re: the communication day never used the word ASL or bilingualism (except when noting someone’s position). Usually press releases INFORM the public. If we asked Catherine why no mention of ASL or explaining of bilingualism or quoting of Gally’s mission statement re: being a bilingual campus, do you think her reply would be the very inadequate refrain of “no particular reason.” ?
I’m just asking folks.
Murphy goes on to say, “I am especially interested in promoting public awareness and positive depictions of deaf individuals in the media. There is a lot this community has to offer that I think is far too often overlooked.”
OK – wow that SOUNDS and LOOKS great but her ACTIONS in terms of what she puts first in her release and what she includes and excludes dont sync up. so does she think we are Deaf & Dumb? or is she Hearing & Hubris?
so what does the listing of “hearing” first communicate? (pls know that other specialized colleges emphasize the groups they are established first and foremost for Spelman, Moorehouse, Howard, Haskell, Brandeis, etc – you are NOT gonna see them list the MAJORITY / DOMINANT group FIRST in their press releases – u might not even see the MAJORITY / DOMINANT group mentioned at all – it is a given that their be Whites and males around at these various places – they dont need to LIST them to prove diversity – instead they EMPHASIZE by stating first and sometimes only the OVERLOOKED group. hmmmm?)
so what does the listing of “hearing” first communicate?
1. she doesnt know her audiences – booo that is bad for a PR person
2. she does know her audiences but does not respect them (Deaf and Hearing allies) – boo, not cool
3. she comes from a position of privilege and didnt realize at all what a faux pas that would be – ohhh dear hope she learns up quick
4. audism – yikes i hope that aint what it is. i truly do
5. ‘no particular anything’ – huh? geez that is lame and Deaf folks deserve better when u diss them – LIKE THE BLOODY PEPSI LETTER CATHERINE. (wow she cares about how the overlooked Deaf are represented in the MEDIA – cares so much she supports and DEFENDS a letter that says dont show signing people on TV cuz that communicates they are isolated and dependent – WTF! this is the expert that Gally hires – yep sorry Gally but really im just so amazed at this i cant believe it. AG Bell retract that letter and apologize and i will be the first to shout out- we start ANEW. Until u do – know that we aint no fools and u can spin as much as u please but you are B U S T E D. We are NOT dumb so stop insulting us and treating us as if we can not see ur b.s. – it totally STINKS . Why Gallaudet decided to import that #hit – i have NO IDEA! i suspect they thought it would be great to have an “insider” help draw in and outreach to parents and other feeder tools (audiologists, oral-aural-only programs etc but unless, she can show more evidence of celebrating and cherishing ASL & English and Deaf culture – it is gonna back fire big time)
now again i want to emphasize – i dont want no bashing of Joseph III, Ms. Murphy, Dr. Hurwitz, etc I just want us to have our thinking caps on and our eyes open for a PARTICULAR REASON
yes, i got a reason and i think it is very reasonable
What, pray tell, is my reasoning u ask? well, ill gladly tell ya. It is because the 2nd wave of Oralism and Neo-eugenics has been crashing upon our shores and now is the time to shore up folks – it is the time to stand and be counted. it is the time to build the mountain so we, Deaf ASL folks and future Deaf ASL folks, will not be washed away in the quest to make folks undeaf. It is to work tirelessly to preserve human diversity, language diversity, and biodiversity.
So if u r in a reading kinda mood – i have copied and pasted a long comment (surprise, surprise i made a long comment somewhere) here – just trying to put as much stuff in one place so u dont have to go searching for all the clues and no, fool, i am not speaking of some great insane conspiracy – i am saying the TRUTH that folks in power view being deaf and Deaf as being a bad thing and they work really hard to diminish, dispute, disrespect, disenfranchise, and delete such ways of being. Gallaudet, while it shall always open its arms to all folks, shall not abandon the core of why it exists in the first place. If it goes that route then we might as well not have it – just push them all out to sea and let them sink or swim like they been doing since day one. What puts Gallaudet on the map is its DIFFERENCE – how it is un i q. Not how it prioritizes the majority but rather folks who are by and large invisible.
Can you see us now Catherine?
Comment in response to Ahhh Pathetic entry by Jeffrey Roberts @ The Terlinguan http://theterlinguan.blogspot.com/2011/02/ahhhpathetic.html
holy cow – this is a golden one me friend!
thank u and the voice that says:
“Don’t be silly!…This is the world of apathy. No one is going to care about anything you say.”
we are to be d-e-a-f to. that is the siren call for the death of the spirit and we shall not hear or heed it
as sojourner truth sung it “no man could head me!”
we got to have the “spiritual audacity to assert our somebodyness” (MLK) and say:
Gally not cool for hiring Catherine Murphy as ur PR chappy when the Pepsi letter has NEVER been revoked and regretted by AG Bell & co.
Gally not cool for taking a chopping axe to programs that PROMOTE the welfare of Deaf folks like Deaf Studies / Deaf History and the Theatre Education program while keeping other majors that other colleges provide fine and dandy and have nuttin’ to do with the Deaf soul
Gally not cool chopping Deaf History just at a time when the ICED 2010 Vancouver New Era agreement calls upon all the nations of the world to REMEMBER OUR HISTORY
how can we bloody remember it if we dont know it
Gally not cool issuing out those pink slips on ❤ Day – that aint the loving thing to do and that is a questionable thing for the PR person to have chosen to do – could have waited a day – couldnt it have hmmmmmm
Gally not cool turning ur back on good ole eddie
he did not die in vain – his refrain shall be heard – “what’s that u ask?” what refrain – ohhh the one that Abraham Lincoln uttered before him and the one that Tommy Jefferson sung before him and the one that MLK shouted from the mountain tops of after them – ya know scores and scores befores and afters
ya know that self-evident one that only few seem able to see as it pertains to DEAF ASL folks
nah they aint come and gone for naught
and them all there with the vanity to say to Hear and/or behave as Hearing folks do is better than being Deaf
and them all there preaching the gospel of calamity – of failing early HEARing detection test before the wee thing even sings her/his song all in the name of the cause of making them the same
and them all there with the insanity to institutionalize that (in)sensibility into curriculum, legislation, incorporation
to all of youse and yours i say : P
i love ya but wrong is wrong and right is right
all folks were created equal and babes should not have to work for their words
and Gally should not abandon its roots
i dont care about a hoot toots about the 2nd coming of Oralism and Neo-eugenics as an EXCUSE for promoting all that is designed to eradicate Deaf ways of being – nope i dont
still will love the products thereof but the system and collaborators and perpetrators – i love ya enuf to tell ya not cool, not cool
ohhh and thanks Jeffrey – u got me all emotional and i aint even had my cup of joe yet
peace and LOVE