Barry Sewell’s attacks on AFA

This is part of a series exposing how Barry Sewell (who goes by various aliases like oh Buckaroo, Guru Says, Berry Tadodaho, Dr. Hocokan or Hococan and The Holism, etc) has unjustly attacked various Deaf organizations based on falsehoods so you all can see his pattern.  (put key words in the PotE search box to find past entries on the subject of Barry’s other past unjust attacks.)

Organizations that he has wrongfully attacked include:
Intertribal Deaf Council, (IDC)

Deaf Bilingual Coaltion, (DBC)

California Association of the Deaf, (CAD)

National Association of the Deaf, (NAD)

and Deafhood Foundation.  (DHF)

He has done all this while simultaneously calling DVTV members crybabies, children and Deaf Trash and getting such v/blogs carried on DR and DVTV.

Note: nothing wrong with challenging organizations and individuals.  it must be based on truth, facts and justice and NOT based on falsehoods, manipulation, deception, distraction, and deceit.  If the challenging is based on b.s. then its aim and intent are destructive and not constructive.

Barry’s pattern and m.o. has been to be destructive via the spreading of falsehoods, which always back fires on him.

The Truth and Love always win so whenever he pursues such ill-endeavors, it just makes his credibility sink to an all time LOW.  How low can he go???

This entry will focus on his recent attack on Audism Free America (AFA).

We are truth seekers so every once and a while we put on our boots and rake through the muck so we can see what is to be seen.

Since knowledge is power and the truth will set us free and since i love barry and all the folks who went on the lemming leap along with him and since social justice activism shall not be unjustly and falsely attacked – we bring you the FACTS – enjoy.

(if you c/dare to comment – come from love.  this is not to be a place for bashing Barry or anyone else for that matter)


Barry can not even deliver a letter truthfully.  (dont let the poker face fool ya folks)

See Barry’s bs vlog about a letter Karl White wrote to registrants of the EHDI conference in which Barry signs and CAPTIONS the vlog by stating the below

Text from Dr. Karl White’s email to EHDI registrants

Karl White “said you might hear that AFA also known as DBC will be gathering to protest what they don’t like about EHDI” This is NOT what Dr. Karl White said in his email to conference registrants.

Despite how many times Barry tries to say that AFA is the DBC reincarnated that is not gonna make it true cuz it simply is not true.

The AFA and DBC are different groups.  AFA is not ‘also known as DBC.’  My goodness and your badness – you are misrepresenting Dr. Karl White by saying he said that when he didnt.  Truth and nothing but the truth Barry.


Barry AKA the Holism stated that the Deaf Community Action facebook page is an AFA thing when AFA has nothing to do with it.  Seems Barry either has VERY bad sources and leakers or is utterly confused what is what and who is who or BOTH.


Barry makes a drama over some peaceful AFA protestors standing on curbs outside of two Oral / Aural only schools.

Mighty unAmerican of him to diss free speech and assembly.

Deaf and Hearing folks protest in front of schools all over the US of A – no one makes a huge stink about it EXCEPT Barry and buddies.  Hmmmm we have hit a nerve folks – similar to discussing CI – its supposed to be taboo.  We r supposed to just whistle and pretend that Oralism and Audism don’t exist anymore and that some bad practices are not still at work when in fact they are.  deceit aint sweet and denial aint a river in Egypt.  the folks who say nay to Deaf ASL folks being created equal be paddling mighty hard these days.

Deaf folks and allies have demonstrated, protested, and picketed in front of Deaf schools (St Mary’s school, Mich. School for the Deaf, Lexington School for the Deaf, Gallaudet campus near Kendal and MSSD, etc) many times many ways – why all the drama over these two? hmmmmm?   folks biases are showing big time.

and ask urself – folks who were so quick to leap and WHAM – smack into the brick wall of truth -ask –

WHO are you really aiming to PROTECT by protesting folks protesting?  1st amendment rights you no like?  hmmm?

sorry Barry we are truth seekers and we gonna STAND.  you can sit behind your keyboard and claim you’ve stockpiled stuff on your mighty hard drive as we continue to drive forward.  We be on the move and that is what is upsetting u


From the AFA St Louis videos – Barry made a big stink over someone doing the “Deaf Power” solidarity gesture during the AFA march from City Hall to the EHDI conference center in St Louis

This gesture is not a BIG deal at all – it is not a symbol of militancy or extremist groups or gangster signs. It is something that folks do at protests all the TIME.  WAKE UP little darling WAKE UP.  Check out the 1968 Olympics and Tommie & Carlos peaceful protest, check out the feminist movement, check out GLBT solidarity fist, check out Deaf folks doing a solidarity fist.

So the fact of the matter IS…..the majority of Hearing folks do NOT freak out to see Deaf people do the Solidarity fist with or with out a hoot.  the majority of Hearing folks r wondering why so many of ya all are defending oppression.

Yes Barry this is what you are doing.  Every time you go after a Deaf organization UNJUSTLY and with falsehoods galore and slobbering bs labels all over them like ‘Deaf extremists’ etc etc you are saying – I prefer to be as Hearing as possible because that is the future.

Nope pal that aint the future – that is the past –

that mentality of – “we must be Hearing to function in a Hearing world” is pure crapola.  so sorry you swallowed that bad water.  Its the 21 st century and ASL and Deaf folks are all the rage.  Its handy and hot to have ASL and be Deaf.


Nobody went into any hospital patient rooms or tried to watch any cochlear implant surgeries.  OY that is just pure nuttiness of you all.  Chill and breath and seek the truth – it will set you free.  All they done was visit a ENT lobby area in the hospital and leave some materials.  Folks do that every day all over America.


The letters – omg Barry got played or very confused re: those letters.

The first letter Barry posted and praised as being ‘nice’ was what Dr. Karl White sent to registrants of the EHDI conference in which he forewarned them about some folks possibly exercising their first amendment rights and then he went on to engage in a bit of fear mongering – security increase etc etc.

Barry chastises the AFA for not distributing Karl’s letter for him.  Really?  Barry wants the
AFA to spread Dr. White’s propaganda  for him?  Nah.  that seems to be Barry’s self-appointed job. Not AFAs.

The 2nd letter Barry posted from K. White – this letter was an email response Dr. White sent to AFA to dissuade AFA from meeting with him and the other EHDI reps.  AFA declined to cancel the meeting and met with the EHDI reps as planned to discuss AFAs 5 demands in person.

So it was not a case of AFA folks inability to read and comprehend Karl’s writing nor is it a case of AFA being malicious.  Instead it is a case of AFA being TRUE to the truth.  AFA does not honor falsehoods.  It stands for and by the truth.

Barry has done this before ya know – with IDC, he wrote to the D of J claiming wrong doings on their part but the DoJ said – all is well.  Barry tried to get folks to file a complaint with the D of J against CAD claiming the word ‘hard of hearing’ had been removed from the bylaws when in fact it was there eleven times.  He accused CAD of profiling when Deaf folks in Union Station in St Louis WERE profiled by EHDI folks yet Barry dont make no peep about that.  Odd, eh?


AFA did meet with EHDI reps (Dr. Karl White, Dr. Al Mehl, Irene Forsman and John Eichwald) in St. Louis prior to the EHDI conference.  We did not decline to meet with them as Barry falsely and erroneously claimed.

AFA did NOT attend the actual EHDI conference because AFA does NOT invest in oppressive systems and the conference and the EHDI system (nationally and state wide) is biased in favor of a MEDICAL solution and not a holistic approach to the Deaf child and family.  If Barry and pals want to shell out hundreds of dollars to give the false appearance of progress cuz they have Deaf signing bodies walking around the conference – go for it.  That ain’t AFAs way of doing things.  (they may give you a little tag signifying “I can sign” whereas they may give the Hearing signers a tag that says “I’m bilingual” – odd, eh?  Yep folks were tagged inside and outside of the EHDI conference)  AFA chose to carry their own SIGNS cuz they be independent thinkers.


EHDI, the conference and the system, will start to improve.

Prior to AFA’s visit to St Louis many many many good individuals have worked hard and long to see EHDI be more inclusive of Deaf ASL stakeholders and to give ASL+English its day in the sun along with all the oral /aural stuff to little or no avail.  AFA’s external intervention at the EHDI conference put alot of issues front and center.  It also exposed the bias, prejudices, and ignorance (and absence in the case of DoE) of some of the individuals and offices responsible for implementing parts of EHDI.  It’s a good thing.  Without AFA being out and about – there would not be the progress that is starting to unfold.


EHDI 101, which is a community based presentation to educate the public about what EHDI is, has always been open to the Deaf community in the past. However, Dr. White and his conference team vetoed the presenters’ interest in remaining open to the Deaf community this past March in St Louis so AFA engaged in peaceful activism and stood in the lobby area before the staircase going down into the conference area to ask for “a room in the inn.”  But alas Dr. White said “N” “O”.

Tis a pity aint it?

So much for being welcoming and inclusive – the EHDI 101 was PRE-EHDI conference.  It was one day BEFORE the conference and it has always been free and open to the public in the past yet K. White and co closed it.  And no cries of a closed society from Barry re: this fact.  Odd, eh?

FACT 10:

No matter how many times Barry & Buddies wanna slander and libel AFA with words like EXTREMIST and MILITANT – it is NOT gonna stick because truth and love always win.  MLK Jr was labeled an extremist and militant etc. so seems AFA is in mighty fine co.  NOTE: MLK Jr embraced the title of extremist of love and i too aim to do such.

AFA is committed to a militant vigilance of which George W. Veditz called for back during the first wave of Oralism.  I’d much rather be STANDing on the side of justice than be trying to usher in a flood of inequality and lieabilities.

There is more – lots more but basically Barry – you have a pattern of attacking falsely and unjustly and ya busted. So…. ¡Ya basta!  buddy.

The only reason why i invest any time in exposing Barry’s patten of unjustly attacking just organizations like IDC, DBC, NAD, DHF, and AFA is because his b.s. has mislead many folks and gotten them to react and leap and do bad and then they regret it deeply and profoundly and his dissing our community under the pretext of trying to “help” it is just totally wrong.

We strong and we on the move.  You can catch up or stay in the past.  the option is yours.

as FDR noted – we have nothing to fear but fear itself.  and know the opposite of fear is love.

STAND and be counted folks cuz u count and its always better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

much peace (peace is not the absence of tension but the presence of justice)

and love (as in firm with love),


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeffrey A. Roberts (@DeafJeff)
    May 07, 2012 @ 12:54:38

    We are Crew. Not Passengers. V for Veditz.

  2. Deaf Tabloid
    May 07, 2012 @ 14:02:19

    Why would sane Deaf people pay 300 dollars for an conference that is annihilating and disrespectful to our Deaf culture especially the Deaf children’s “will”to be Deaf as natural birthright.

    Remember… Barry appointed himself as deafless… My word speller checker tried to auto correct deafless to deafness. It didn’t understand the concept of deafless because it doesn’t exist. Once he said that he betrayed his Deaf ancestors which I believe he has many.

    Deaflless. Good riddance

  3. spiritualwing64
    May 07, 2012 @ 14:29:58

    Barry and few others cannot assume that what we have always heard must be true simply because many other people believe it and spread it around no matter how he and few others are trying to destroy. We should or should not challenge all of our beliefs and, wherever possible, try to rely on primary sources in order to check out everything just we research that we know to be true or not. We can tell the difference between myths, lies, and half-truths. Those myths, lies, and half truths are still continue as liars no matter how hard they are trying to cover up their tracks. Some people are still struggling how to tell the difference between lies and truth. I do know they are more comfortable toward lies and uncomfortable with truths. I guess that is all I know for now. Smile!

  4. handeyes
    May 08, 2012 @ 00:34:22

    Jeffrey – the crew is mighty fine and viva Veditz!

    Deaf Tabloid – oh “deafless” – well that didnt even last in wikipedia. it go the boot lickety split a la ridor me think. You are right though – Barry aims for deaflessness and thus supports oppressors over the truth. ‘Tis true

    do do? Stand!

    spiritualwing64 – well ya gotta be awake to be aware and when the b.s. first rode into town (DR) many folks took things at face value and mistook his fiction for facts. No worries – folks r waking up and dusting themselves off now and saying DANG that is not cool. And ’tis true. nobody likes being played for a fool

    do do? Stand!

    thanks u three for being brave enuf to leave a note or two. Over 300 hits so folks be waking up.

    its real important we come from love and stay true to the truth.

    thanks again



  5. ASLElla
    May 08, 2012 @ 03:42:05

    Well said. I’ve had a few folks telling me not to give his commentaries the attention, to just ignore them, etc. without clearing up the truth. Wish we don’t have to do that constantly but from past experiences, I guess it’s wise to be on the safe side for whoever may be confused or tempted to cower behind his pseudo-claims than to STAND UP for the Deafhood truth.

  6. Jeffrey A. Roberts (@DeafJeff)
    May 08, 2012 @ 04:08:14

    “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” -Frederick Douglass, April 1886

  7. handeyes
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:36:10

    ASLElla –

    well IGNORing is rooted in IGNORance. No harm in putting forth the truth. Plenty of harm in ignoring it and in ignorance. And these are dangerously close to arrogance, eh?

    Interesting things happen when folks STAND for the truth – emboldens others and empowers. Leaving lies on the record makes folks think they r true.

    “All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America; in doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question that (Adolph) Eichman chose to ignore: How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellows?” ~ MLK Jr

    I could easily just ignore what Barry done to Deaf moms and their daughters, IDC, DBC, AFA, DHF, DVTV, DR etc – aint no skin off my back – however I care very much for the well-being of my fellows and for our commUNITY.

    no death of the spirit here. we should love ourselves, our people, and Barry enuf to tell the truth.

    i have seen many beautiful lights go out and poof out of FEAR and INTIMIDATION. We aim to be a light, yes?

    so for the “ignoring” advice – i think it is ill-conceived and ill-gotten. There are many things i do not pursue. this does not mean i am ignoring – i process it. i pray on it. i meditate. and i choose.

    “Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.” ~ W.H. Auden

    so policies and principles of… Dont ask, dont tell, dont know, dont do, dont act, dont stand, dont address…. is NOT truth force or love force based

    just cuz the three monkeys see no hear no say no… dont mean we should follows suit. time to put the human back into humanity

    our conscience must be our guides. if some choose to be unconscious – that is their choice

    there is NO harm in telling the truth from love. there is GREAT harm in telling others to ignore.

    “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
    ~ Thomas Jefferson

    next time ask ’em what they are afraid of. i assure u whatever it is – it is NOT real

    fear is a killer and the biggest disabler of our community

    much peace


  8. handeyes
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:44:10

    Jeffrey –
    ohhhh i love freddy d. thank u for that quote it is champ and TRUE!

    “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” -Frederick Douglass, April 1886

    this is why mlk say “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

    we are interconnected folks

    this is why he also said “A right delayed is a right denied.” and this is why Barry wants to oppress free speech and assembly and why he is anti-social justice. cuz once u see, feel, and know injustice of ur fellows, u r called to do something about it hence he throws out all the b.s. at the truthseekers to try to discredit and distract

    no worries – we r making progress. ya hoo and thank u again

    link to one of me fav Frederick Douglass’ speeches



  9. handeyes
    May 09, 2012 @ 14:47:28

    “The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die” ~ MLK Jr.

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