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EHDI you have failed the EAFD screening

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

http://mlkday.gov/plan/library/background/principles.php

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.)

Truths:

– 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?

ya FAILED

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

www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/pdf/1477-7517-9-16.pdf

(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?

peace,

patti

Wow! and some answers to some questions

Wow!

Heye all:

lots of drama over AFA activism in St. Louis

Did ya know that George W. Veditz was elected president of NAD in 1904 in….. where?  St Louis

yep – george is leading the way.  thanks buddy!

now re: the drama – when i mentioned drama king and queen i was referring to Barry Sewell and Harleylady – they make a cute couple dont they?  (so for the other folks who took immediate offense when i wasnt even thinking of u – easy does it)

i got me peace boots on due to all the b.s. that be flying. we give it the boot.

why i single Barry and buddy out? cuz they done this dance before and before and before and before but some folks dont know that cuz they have a shelf life memory of .10 or because they only want to see what they want to see or cuz they only pay attention to things they THINK are about them when in fact they often have nothing to do with them.

Basically Barry and Buddies DETEST social justice and activism.  Barry have condemned the IDC, NAD, DBC, CAD, DHF, and AFA.  Harleylady has threatened to protest DBC in Milwaukee, in Washington DC 2009 and 2011 but never shows up.

And the reason why its called “drama” is because it is all yellow journalism / sensationalism based on falsehoods to stir up trouble and distract folks from the truth and justice and to try to suppress activism.  And the fact that Deafread carries that stuff – well ’tis a pity.  (and all this crap about AFA being like Malcolm X ohhh please folks do some studying – there is NO NO NO comparison – none at all)

Now regarding the short walk through of a ENT Audiology waiting area in a huge hospital complex that is associated with CID, an oral only school in St. Louis, by a few peaceful folks – well – knowledge is power folks.

Take a good hard look at who is making a big stink over that simple action and who is LEAPING to condemn and chastise while the powers that be are mute.  No child was harmed.  No parents were terrorized.  No arrests were made.  Some truth material was left behind just as materials are left all over hospitals.  Just go to any waiting room and you will see plenty of materials folks.  There was no confrontation, there was no hostilities, there was no aggression, there was no pushing and shoving, there was no arrests, there was not even any civil DISOBEDIENCE in that hospital walk through.  There was just a few folks walking through a waiting room to see what there is to be seen.  To get a look at what the system looks like.  And this clinic is a direct feeder to CID – they actually have the doctors / residents go into CID and see the kids – they are connected.  And we just examining and illuminating the connection.

It is mighty telling to see which folks are so quick to condemn this peaceful examination of the unexamined.

Pattern anyone smile – anytime u see the bs flying.  Duck or say quack quack and play along or STAND for the truth and justice. Its real illuminating to see who is doing what right now.

We on the truth campaign – with or without you.

Now pls know that i know how many of you are WORRIED about what other folks think of us.  I see u quaking and shaking about how things “look.”  and how u might be seen as complicit simply because you too have a dB gain.  No worries.

I can assure you that the greater public that is just beginning to be told the truth by us is saying “what took you so long to stand and challenge this oppression” more loudly than any of the nukkers who are saying “you should dress nicer” or “you should do this…. but you should not do that….” etc etc etc.  and while some folks spend hours debating what and how OTHERS should do things – we be on the move.  with or without u – we are on the move and we are LEGIONS.

I have seen it – folks – GOOD folks are coming forward.  i thank u and i love u.  Truly.  Ur truths shine.  I hear them i feel them i know them and they make me cry and they forge me forward and these truths are being told not only by the Deaf survivors of Oralism but also by their parents.  Yep i done seen a parent walk through the EHDI 2012 exhibit shaking their head in disgust at all the propaganda spread out on those tables – these parents know what is true.  They know that their Deaf child (baby, youth or adult) is beautiful as is (with or without speech or Hearing) they KNOW and they know that anything contrary to that truth is unjust and prejudicial and basically EHDI 2012 is one big ole myth-a-making factory.  (see below for some more truths)

The parents are starting to tell the truth and their children are starting to feel it is safe to speak the truth.

this is HUGE folks.  HUGE.  More masks of the systems and the enablers / collaborators r coming down now.

so pls know that folks can tell us – dress this way, talk this way, walk this way – and we who are truth seekers will continue to love you from afar but we will NOT change our focus from the truth force, soul force, love force.  We will NOT.

and pls know – that our peace STAND is really upsetting the systems – they r like FREAKED OUT – yikes they r running here and there and everywhere trying to stir up things so that we will go off the course and REACT and get UGLY or waste our time in a blogwar but we will not.  We be all love and flowers.  Firm Firm Firm and TRUTHFUL.  Truth and love always win – think of it always said Gandhi.

Looks like we got a bit of a blue tape fiasco going by some folks.  no worries – it helps flush out those who care and dare and those who just like to stir up the pot or who like to jump to whatever side they think will serve them.  ’tis a pity.

NAD i thank u for standing firm.  i see some folks are trying to misrepresent u – guilt by association – ohhh so yawn.  no worries.  its all good.  this way we know what is what and who is who.

oh and re: The HOLEism – latest batch of unholyiness – no worries.  im gonna let him string it all up and see who shows up in various spaces to play along with him – just giving him more rope to ensnare himself and others with.  Its their own doing and undoing.  Our eyes and hearts remain on the prize – social justice not nonsense in text boxes on the internet.  We have found our FEET and we STAND.  Life is GRAND.

some answers to some questions

In my previous post explaining that there was so much to share re: St. Louis that it would be best and easiest if folks simply asked what they wanted to know so i could reply accordingly so u dont have to weed through long posts or vlogs to gather the info you are seeking – only one set of questions came via Candy, which focused on AFA’s meeting with EHDI reps, and since the reply requires some length I have posted it here in this entry for all to see as some of you may have similar questions or it might prompt some new ones.

Candy’s question: (see previous entry comments section to see her full comment and my note there)

I do have one question for now. What really transpired at the meeting with EHDI where AFA walked out? Perhaps you can tell us who met (who were there) and what recommendation/demands were proposed, what took place (exchange of conversation) and why AFA walked out. (looks like more than one questions!).

My reply – NOTE – i am not replying as an AFA representative here – she asked me as Patti at Patti’s People of the Eye place so here is Patti (as in me, myself, and I)’s reply

AFA asked if we could videotape the meeting –  John Eichwald of CDC said sure and Dr. Karl White said NO so we didn’t and thus cant show ya all any video.  ’tis a pity

Who was present – EHDI representatives and AFA representatives and some community members and three interpreters

for AFA demands – see the 5 demands at http://audismfreeamerica.blogspot.com/2011/12/afas-5-demands-of-ehdi.html.  they have been public since Dec 30, 2011

the EHDI representatives declined to meet any of the 5 demands.  We mentioned the lack of an US Dept of Education representative in the EHDI conference system and how “I” of INTERVENTION seems via the EHDI implementation bodies and the conference focuses on medical solution whereas it is clearly marked to be part of IDEA PART C thus there needs to be a stronger role from US Dept of Education in terms of early intervention for language (ASL+English) intervention

we discussed the disparity in Deaf representation and ASL in EHDI conference system
– EHDI conference planning committee only having 4 Deaf members out of 19 members.
– lack of ASL+English presentations out of the 140 presentations at EHDI
– images promoting the conference in hotel and near conference area and program book heavily promoting medical solution – ASL rarely displayed

Early on at one point Dr. White said “I’m always open to being replaced.”  So later after much discussion on the INEQUALITIES in the system and in the EHDI 2012 conference, Dr. Eichwald (CDC) asked for some suggestions for improvement and we suggested Dr. White step down from his post as he had freely suggested earlier without any prompting from us.

A few times the EHDI reps did a bit of pointing the finger at Deaf leaders by either saying they were active in EHDI things or by saying so and so hadnt responded to an email  but we know that those individuals dont really have any REAL power and they are used for the appearance of inclusion or to scapegoat and/or deflect.

The heart of the problem, which we put on the table is that the EHDI system via CDC, NCHAM, MCHB, HRSA, AAP etc and the EHDI 2012 conference focus disproportionately on a medical solution that encourages and at times mandates the denial of a fully natural and accessible language and that ASL has been oppressed for over a 130 years and needs to have its day in the sun.  This campaign against ASL and social justice has resulted in estrangements within families and relations.  the system needs to put ASL+English at the forefront and not have it as a side note listed in parenthesis under services provided by audiologists or speech therapists and it should not require five clicks to reach any information about ASL+English.

we walked out of the meeting as it was circular and because they are WELL AWARE of the disparity in the overall program and conference and how they are bent towards an over utilized approach (medical / pathological) which does not have consistent and reliable results and comes at a hefty price for the child, family and our society.

Later that evening two of us saw Dr. Eichwald and he said he was moved by what we shared and heard our points.  I am pinning a bit of hope (im a hoper – its what i do) that he will work hard to improve his area in terms of delivery and balance as we strive for justice and equality.  This will be an indicator of whether or not he truly HEARD us.

Now im off to wash my cars – its spring here for the moment

to all the beautiful folks on the ground who stood our ground peacefully and lovefully – you shine.  seriously i admire u so much.
Gratitude is the memory of the heart ~ Jean Massieu
Peace and love ALL,

Patti

A bell that rings true

While i am not a huge fan of AG Bell and co. because of all the harm, destruction and oppression that has resulted from the oral / aural ONLY onslaught – i do know of a bell that i appreciate.  Bell hooks – she is an Black feminist Buddhist scholar, activist, and community member.  She rocks.

Ella Mae Lentz’s discussion of bell hook’s book on Critical Thinking and Alison Aubrecht & Ryan Commerson’s mention of bell’s Teaching to Transgress book in their “Transgressing the Object”- new Butterfly Effect Series (text / video) has got me remembering the first bell hook’s book i ever read – Killing Rage:Ending Racism by bell hooks

i dont understand or agree with all she has written but lots and lots of her stuff leap off the page into my eyes, my heart, and my soul to say ahh THAT – that is what is going on, that is what is going down, that is comin’ a round.

And as like many other STRONG women – when i finally saw a video with her, i was like wow she is so soft spoken and cherry cherry looking.  It reminded me of when i first saw Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas who is a GREAT advocate and scholar re: multilingualism and mutliculturalism and biodiversity.  I saw Tove present at Gallaudet and her power point was filled to the brim with text stating clearly and boldly facts and truths about linguicism, language rights and human rights and how they are interconnected while she herself was quietly presenting these facts wrapped in a shawl with biofocials on and her hair up in a bun.  Too cute.  It was just such a contrast – these pow pow pow truths -and this wee woman singing them for all with eyes open to see.

Its very cool to see some folks who are so AWAKE, AWARE, and ACTIVE

Its also cool to see they are super sweet folks – not crazy fanatic extremists.

When folks see Susan Dupor, De’VIA artist famous for “The Family Dog,” or Dr. Betty G. Miller, Mother of De’VIA and famous for “Ameslan Prohibited,” or Dr. Paddy Ladd who introduced the concept and construct of Deafhood – they are like “THAT is Susan Dupor?  THAT is Betty G. Miller?  That is Paddy Ladd?”  Its like they were expecting someone in camouflage carrying an AKA when these folks r pacifists and sweethearts.  They are just truth seekers.  and for some folks that is mighty scary and threatening.

so since a new bell (rather than AG Bell)  is on me mind today – i thought id share a few of her quotes that ring true.  bold added by me and my pov under each.

When she references race and racism, you can substitute in Deaf and audism and/or sex and sexism, class and classism etc

From Killing Rage:Ending Racism by bell hooks

“We experience the world as infinitely less hostile to blackness than it actually is.  This shift happens particularly as we buy into liberal individualism and see our individual fate as black people in no way linked to the collective fate.  It is this link that sustains full awareness of the daily impact of racism on black people, particulary its hostile and brutal assualt.”  p. 17

i think she is talking about denial and the me, me, me generation folks.  If we acknowledge the oppression of Deaf folks, of Black folks, of GLBT folks, of Deaf Black GLBT folks …. etc then we r required to think of the greater good and doing good.  If we minimize, deny, ignore, scapegoat, displace etc oppression then we can just look to ourselves and not attempt collective solutions.

“Racial hatred is real.  And it is humanizing to be able to resist it with militant rage.”

i think she is saying – righteous anger is just, right and good.  Racial hatred is real.  Audism is real.  What makes us human and humane is resisting those hatreds and discriminatory practices and mindsets with a righteous anger.  This does NOT mean to act in violent means but rather to be firm with love and truths.  Remember she has studied Buddhism so she is not calling for violent action but rather righteous anger to take the form of peaceful resistance.

Forgetfulness and denial enable masses of privileged black people to live the “good life” without ever coming to terms with black rage.”  p. 17

this is why folks say “move on” and AG Bell says ” We should teach them to forget that they are deaf.”  Forget, deny, and close ur eyes.  Its a lullaby for the disenfranchised courtesy of the oppressors.  “Trust in me…” they sing as they slither

“Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that self-recovery is ultimately about learning to see clearly.  The political process of decolonization is also a way for us to learn to see clearly.  It is the way to freedom for both the colonized and the colonizer.” p. 18

Well, hello – this is where i be at – i have begun to see more and more clearly.  It is slow going sometimes and surely some times i no like what i see but i have found it to be very true that when we assert our somebodyness and reclaim our birth rights, it is freeing for the colonized and the colonizer.

“What does our rage at injustice mean if it can be silenced, erased by individual material comfort?  If aware black folks gladly trade in their critical political consciousness for opportunistic personal advancement then there is no place for rage and no hope that we can ever live to see the end of white supremacy.” p. 19

if folks will be so easily lead to buy into the system for personal gain – they will not experience any indignation at injustice and thus will not STAND up and if they have self-silenced to get along and get opportunities and get by then there is no hope for progress and equality.

“It is the telling our history that enables political self-recovery.” p. 47

this is why folks tell us to move on – they do not want us to discover, examine, share and celebrate our own history because they do not want political self-recovery.

“Black people still feel the terror, still associate it with whiteness, but are rarely able to articulate the varied ways we are terrorized because it is easy to silence by accusations of reverse racism or by suggesting that black folks who talk about the ways we are terrorized by whites are merely evoking victimization to demand special treatment.”  p. 47

this is why you will see many Deaf folks from all walks of life venting in safe circles but when in positions of power or amongst the folks that oppress they say little or nothing of the oppression and terror they have felt at the hands of the SYSTEMS – for fear of being accused of reverse audism or playing the victim card.  Don’t even get me started on horizontal violence.

Critically examining the association of whiteness as terror in the black imagination, deconstructing it, we both name racism’s impact and help to break its hold.  We decolonize our minds and our imaginations.”  P. 50

this is why Deaf artistic and literary expressions are so important – they speak truths.  They are our visual testimonies and shout outs and they allow our imaginations / creativity to not be colonized by fear and terror.

some day may we all ring a bell of truth – in doing so we bring ourselves and our commUNITY one step closer to equality, justice, and freedom

and now i have to figure out how to respond to our daughter’s inquiry – “hey, mom why arent u at occupy wallstreet”

gotta look into how i can act locally as i have definitely been thinking globally

oy – my bells being rung – time to STAND

Peace,

Patti