Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The deaf protest that gripped America

The BBC has a new video explaining what happened at Gallaudet University in 1988 when a protest started over the appointment of a new president. The network interviewed I King Jordan, the first ever deaf President of Gallaudet University.

1 comment:

Gary Frazier said...

It's a little bit strange; the Deaf culture rejects me because I wasn't born into deafness. Actually, I am able to separate the traits, betwixt the Deaf and hearing cultures, while the members of each don't even know those are their cultural traits.
And yet, I am rejected by hearing people for being too Deaf and by Deaf people for being too hearing.
Not even those deafened members of the Association of Late Deafened Adults want me around.
That's the strange one, too.
You see, when I became totally disabled, back in 1999 (the result of my last - of 10 - brain surgery - found ALDA, online, I contacted them, because I thought I could help them by the fact that I'd already lived through what many of them are just beginning to enter.
I learned that the recently-deafened people prefer to sit around, assuming they know everything, rather than allow someone, who, for years, has been in the position they are just entering.
So, instead of spending the yearly fee to remain a member of a group, who also considers me an outsider, I dropped out! Healthwise, I have enough problems, without adding the aniexty of being with a group of people, who rejects one of their own simply because I've already forgotten more about the Deaf culture and the attitudes of those Deaf people, toward those of use, who came in, later, than the ALDAns, who assume that by attending a monthly meeting has taught them was attending the Georgia School for the Deaf, for two years and seeing these things, first hand, taught me.

So, while I am an outsider with the Deaf (because I could still speak well ... most Deaf children would have stopped speaking within a few years of having lost their hearing. On the other hand, while I was told this, more than once, when I was attending GSD, I continued to be understood by just about everyone I'd converse with ... that is, until my last coma, during which time I had the last of my ten brain surgeries.
Since that time I've had to deal with problems, most of the Deaf culture deals with...For example, I went into Wendy's and ordered a Medium Frosty. When the girl brought me a Medium Fries, I had to mime what I was talking about. It was at this time that I finally understood the frustrations of the Deaf culture, when people get frustrated because we have to write down what we want, in just about any fastfood restaurant.

I'd also like to add, here, the fact that, in 1972, when I began the sixth grade at GSD, some of the faculty were saying the Deaf needed to learn to speak so they could converse, with hearing people. I was already becoming an advocate for the Deaf because I told those hearing that it appears strange that this (speaking and learning English) was demanded of the Deaf, while signing and learning American Sign Language wasn't demanded of hearing kids in public or private schools.
I was told that it would.
Remember, this was back in 1972. It is now 2018 and, as far as I know it has never been a requirement for hearing school children. Sure, it's an elective .... IF they school can find someone, who can teach American Sign Language.

The fact that has yet to be required is my point, here, though. Simply put, I think the demand (that the underlings learn to do the hard work) is stronger than the ruling class doing anything.