Mar 23

They did it, why can’t we do the same??

Yo yo yo!!!  I can’t do the vlog this time. I’ll shoot the blog part here now.

I was surfing thru the net, reading articles about Democrat’s competition for the primaries. I came to this article from Los Angeles times, “Talking about race: Um, you first” written By Stephanie Simon and Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers on March 23rd, 2008.

I was reading the article about the racial issue being imposed on Barack Obama when he said this, “Sen. Barack Obama declared that whites must understand the black experience in America and blacks must appreciate the white perspective. Otherwise, he said, we face a grinding “racial stalemate.”” during one his address speech. (Ouch, that stings, eh?)

Regardless of that quote, It made me think about the issues between sexism vs. racism (ie: Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama), and I wouldn’t go there. But I want to discuss about other quote also came from this article.

“This is a very good time to put everything on the table,” said Abdullah Robinson, 64, a black man who lives in suburban Atlanta. “We don’t know nothing about each other, and we’ve been living together for hundreds of years.”

The immediate thought popped in my head when I read the comment from Abdullah Robinson was us; Deaf in our Deaf Community. Abdullah’s comments made me think how the black people lived together for so long time and continues help each other when they do not know each other. That does really apply us, Deaf in our community, Deaf Community.  We have been living around here for looooooonnnggg time!!!  I do not remember when we actually came together and fight the common cause (except DPN, mind you… 😉 I’m talking about, ASL taught as a language in elementary schools, hearing aids being covered in health insurance, communication access, and many more…)

Again, we have been around here for looooooooonnnnggg time and yet we notice we do bicker each other & pull ourselves down! What I meant this: Deaf, deaf, ASL user, CODA, Lip-Reader, ALDA, Oralist, Cued Speech, Rochester-Methodist, Cochlear-Implant users, and many many more who continues keep everyone of us separate from the collective as “Deaf COMMUNITY”!

C’mon, don’t fool yourself. Tell us, when was the last time you helped someone other than your own personal need to protect the Deaf community?

I ‘d like to share something; someone mentioned this to me while I was at a conference. A few deaf employees (Let’s label them employee A, B, C, and D) worked in same place, their boss decided to give this specific employee (employee “A”) a hard time. Boss decided to treat this employee “A” crap by requesting unnecessary duties. It has gotten out of the control, employee “B”, “C”, and “D” didn’t like what has been happening with employee “A”. They decided to turn their faces away. Employee “A” kept asking for help from their peers to advice what to do with this disgruntled boss. No one helped. That boss decided to give this employee “A” a boot. Bye bye! Ex-employee “A” lost their income. Employee “B” was next victim.  Employees “C” and  “D” did nothing. And I’m pretty sure you know what happened next.

What the heck? Why could employee “B, C, and D” file a report to their upper management about this situation? Surely, the company cannot have that stupid boss fire all four employees “A-D” based on their disability. Why didn’t they help that Employee “A” (and now to “B”) in the first place? They were afraid to lose their job!

*Gasp*! I’m sure you share the similar sentimental with me, “GASP!”

Will you help these employees??? Even though you don’t know these people, right?? (*ahem*, I have a hard time believing you would.)

We need to step out of our shells and help other people to protect the integrity of Deaf Culture.

Get out, and help others!


p.s. The article is located at this address: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-divide23mar23,0,6014444.story


  1. Tom

    A great blog, it is similar to a famous saying about “First they went for the jews, no one stood up for them. Then they went for christians, no one stood up for them. Then they went for _______ (whatever you choose) and no one stood up for them. Finally at the end, they went for me and no one stood up for me because there was no one left to stand up for me.”

  2. Z.A.D

    what’s a Rochester-Methodist?

    Great article, by the way

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