In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr
(You can see this discussed in AMERICAN Sign Language and cited in an International Day of Sign Language Rally 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VVU40ZnBH6U#t=40s – thanks Ritchie Bryant)
and so while we r not having a march on the capitol this weekend – we did have one in the capitol of Oralism and Audism – St Louis – to say howdy to the EHDI folks and the “specialists” and “professionals” and the corporations and the agencies and associations (see EHDI 2012 sponsors list) and the institutions and the parents
good social change has been a DIRECT result of Direct Confrontation – peaceful of course. always peaceful on the part of the protesters – on the part of the oppressors – well, not so much but that is the primary purpose of civil disobedience and peaceful resistance – to expose unjust systems – to have them pull down their own masks for all to see so that the systematic oppression becomes more visible and thus can be challenged and changed
Women marched, petitioned, debated, challenged, lobbied, got spat upon, got manhandled, got arrested and engaged in a hunger strike – See Iron Jawed Angels
African-Americans marched, petitioned, debated, challenged, lobbied, sued, got arrested and beat upon and water hosed and attacked by attack dogs and homes burned and churches bombed – see many films about the Civil Rights Movement such as The Children’s March http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-27-spring-2005/announcing-childrens-march
Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender folks have done the same (Stonewall Rebellion and on and THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA – me so happy. And no worries all those anti-GLBT bigots can try to use their $ and unjust ways to get u out of the white house but we on the move now. ya stood by the CREED of this COUNTRY over politiking and its a beautiful sight to behold)
Peaceful direct confrontation is what ya gotta do to make the invisibleness of the PREJUDICE visible and this is why we STAND and this is why they try to split Deaf&Ally folks up and pit them against each other – so we wont be indivisible in our quest to make things visible
Unfamiliar with soul force / truth force – check out the 6 principles of non-violence a la Kingian philosophy
so since we are truthseekers we say unto the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention system you have failed the EAFD screening
EHDI really should be Early Healthy Deaf Identity but that is just way too egalitarian + equality of condition for them to consider just yet but we helping them inch their way in that direction – the direction of that which is right, just, good and true.
In March, we marched and came to see how ya do things and are sorry to inform you that your baby (EHDI) has not passed the Early Audism-Free Detection Test (EAFD) and we gotta do an Intervention.
Your baby (EHDI) has failed and had to be referred to the specialists for further testing to see just how bad it is. And after several test of peaceful engagement – you have been diagnosed to be suffering from profound audism.
So I’m sorry to say your baby (EHDI) has failed yet again. I know that you are sad to learn this but the majority of American people instinctively know that it is wrong to deny a Deaf child the right to a fully accessible language via American Sign Language. The fact that you can not comprehend nor accept this true fact is abnormal and will prevent you from being able to function normally, successfully, independently and humanely within a democracy cuz ur work thus far has been biased in favor of injustice. And that is not cool, EHDI & co.
But do not despair.
We are happy to announce there is a cure for your affliction of audism. And the cure is known as truth force / soul force.
The truth – the truth will set you free as will love
so we r lovingly here to tell you some truths: (yes this is an Intervention Dear EHDI & Co.)
– there really is no use in trying to say you have a handful of Deaf people on a planning committee out of 19 when we know you make all the final decisions and psst…
4 – 5 out of 19 is pathetic.
FOR THE TEST on “balanced and unbiased” – WE ARE SORRY TO SAY YOU HAVE FAILED
– you tried to minimize the FACT that EHDI 2012 only has 1 presentation out of over 100 with the word ASL in the title, you did a word search by keying in the word “sign” and “deaf” or looked for presenters who had requested an ASL interpreter and got a few more hits
<20 out of over 100 presentations allowing the mention of ASL&English and/or using ASL&English is abysmal and UNbalanced
Your bias is busted
– trying to portray it as a just, right and good thing is simply bad math and bad science. We may be Deaf but we aint dumb, sir.
we been sold that promissory note before
ya can spin it to say – well more presentations about bilingualism-biculturalism should have been submitted. HA – spin baby spin. The burden is on your end to seek out such good stuff. Like why the heck wasn’t the smart folks at Gallaudet’s LV2 invited to be keynote instead of the bloke saying genetics are the new frontier to purge us from the problems of Deaf folks?
given the FACT that ASL and bilingualism has been oppressed and suppressed in the US of A (See Baynton’s Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign Against Sign Language and many other scholarly publications), it really is beholden upon the EHDI conference and entire system to make ASL+English more visible so that their claims of being balanced and unbiased might actually have the appearance of being true.
selecting a few here and there aint gonna cut it. having ASL+English mentioned here and there after all the pathological and medical stuff is not gonna cut it. Criticizing studies about the value and merits of baby signs for Hearing babies while not criticizing some of the very lame-o studies re: AVT+CI is totally showing a BIAS. YES Dr. Karl White we totally see what you are up to. My goodness and your badness. Ya know on a scale of 1 to 5 you are rating in the negatives. Be a good bloke and fight for everybody – not just the oral / aural fixation for the fix it up nation cuz… Bio diversity is a must and Deaf folks are NOT going away – no matter how hard you work at it. If you really want Deaf folks to be part of the family table – put some of your work towards getting ASL&English into the homes of the families. Yeah the Obertokker family and AG Bell might not likey but HEY re-read MLK’s message at top and remember George Washington’s words of “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”
Back to the EHDI 2012 Conference and the failing of the EAFD test
– you put the only bilingual booth all the way at the END of the exhibition stretch
– and while i understand that folks who have not registered for the conference didnt have the right to go into the exhibit space and NO ONE FROM AFA EVEN TRIED – i do not understand why you corralled a Deaf man who left the DBC table to come out and talk with us back into the booth area. Doesn’t this Deaf bloke have freedom of movement, of personhood, and liberty – when folks register for your conference does that put them under your thumb and mean you can PHYSICALLY restrict their movements and socialization – WOW!
Seriously Dr. White – what is up with that. There’s more – there is much much more. Like how you said that EHDI 101 could not be made open to the public when it always had been in the past
Or how you slinked up to EDHI conference folks in the Marriott Hotel bar to whisper in their ears that you were closing down the bar and establishing a new locale so they wouldnt have to sit amongst the large group of Deaf&Allie folks who had gathered to discuss good stuff like justice and equality (note – many of those in the circle were also EHDI conference attendees but you didnt seem to concerned about them – odd eh?)
Dr. Karl despite your trying to make St. Louis be about you – it really isn’t. Its about the system of which we are learning you are a major part of. but not the all of it
Its about the truth and getting the truth out –
THE TRUTH – there is no harm in ASL and there is plenty of harm in Oralism (oral / aural only). See the Lies AG Bell Told My Parents campaign
One man, upon seeing EHDI’s audism up close and personal in St Louis (Dr. Karl White telling another Deaf man to “behave” when he wasn’t doing nothin’ accept trying to get into the pre-conference EHDI 101 session that he was registered for), remarked: “I am glad to be here to witness this. I never thought i would see something like this.” The witness, a survivor of CID of St Louis, was shaking his head sadly at how little the system thinks of us and how free speech and assembly and just ole walking around was severely restricted by the EHDI conference leader, Dr. White. Oppression is not pretty
Bearing witness and telling truths – this is how ya get injustices to end and justices to emerge. this is how u cash in on that promissory note – not by enabling the oppressors by pretending everything is OK when it aint and not by getting angry and mean and not by ignoring. Just by loving urself and ur people enough to STAND and say – we are here and this here EHDI is utterly imbalanced in favor of an exclusionary method and the falsehood that its bad to be Deaf
so we say ¡Ya basta!
pretty much never a dull moment in St Louie – bottom line is that EHDI surely fails and has been referred to an AA program for treatment. Audism Anonymous
the first step is admitting u have a problem
no worries – the treatment for your affliction is very humane unlike the treatments EHDI pushes upon parents and schools and the real babies
The fact is there is nothing wrong with us. I got no objection with teaching speech and audition as long as it is done humanely. I have MAJOR objections with OVERemphasizing the importance of speaking and listening as equaling independence when it dont and MAJOR objections with DENYING a fully natural and accessible language. Crimes against humanity are not cool and should not be financed or sanctioned by governmental bodies.
And i aint alone in these objections – See Dr. Humphries et al. article about the HARMS of COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
(odd how i can not find this article cited or linked in the NCHAM website – NCHAM is a EHDI / UNHS clearinghouse type of thingy that Dr. Karl White runs out of Utah State University w/ lots of money from an oral /aural ONLY dynasty – Heya Obertokker family we see you too)
Audism is the problem and if you believe that its bad to be Deaf then you are part of the problem.
So EHDI – the jig is up – the first step is admitting you have a problem – that you have stacked the deck in favor of a medical solution which inherently undermines and harms Deaf children’s linguistic, cultural, social, and psychological development and puts a wedge between child and parents resulting in estrangement.
It’s time to mend your ways and right your wrongs and tell parents the truth. its ok to be Deaf and ASL&English do not harm
I promise ya – when u begin to put this truth front and center – you will TRULY begin to do your job which is to detect if a newborn and/or child is Deaf and to ensure they do not suffer any adverse impacts from audism (which includes paternalism, linguicism, ableism, and phonocentrism)
Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. ~ MLK
Racial injustice includes discrimination based on ethnicity and Deaf ASL folks r an ethnic group (See Lane, Pillard, and Hedberg People of the Eye) – trying to deprive the babies of their ethnicity is not gonna solve YOUR problem – just delays it from coming to a head.
Head in the right direction EHDI – work the steps and work for social justice and equality by ensuring that ASL&English is part of the “I” in intervention.
or keep doing what u be doing and we will keep doing the soul force / truth force w/ love way
its a beautiful new day, eh?