Saturday, November 7, 2009

ARE WE EXPERIENCING STOCKHOLM SYNDROME?



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This is going to be interesting observation on this topic. Are we experiencing Stockholm Syndrome? If it was 1880 resolutions that hijacked the lives of deaf community on September 11, 1880. I would concur that we have been suffering from Stockholm Syndrome for 140 years.

According to Laurent Clerc's journals, he mentioned, "I know what is going on. Important people , distinguished gentlemen, are repudiating the cause to which I have devoted my life. Endowed with the sacred trust of my people's welfare, they seek, without consulting us, to prevent our worship, marriage, and procreation, to stultify our education, and to banish our mother tongue simply because our way and our language are different from theirs."

This shows something going on at the time of his writing at his age of 83 in 1869. He knew what the hearing people were doing and it was rampant during his time, too. It shows how the system has been manipulated over and over.

Another of Clerc's comments from journal, "Meanwhile-language must come once again to my aid. It has always been my weapon to fight evil, my vessel to fill minds thirsting for knowledge, my lure to solicit relief. It must serve me grandly one last time and cast such a brilliant light on the history of present injustices that their perpetrators will cringe and their victims rally."

"I am impelled by the present threat to the well-being, dignity and freedom of my people to tell our story, one that I have lived almost from its beginning: how we gathered in France and in other European lands and then in America; how our language spread throughout Europe and crossed the Atlantic; the great struggle to create schools for us, in which it was my lot to play a leading role. It is a story of builders: of an abbe' rejected by the Church who established the education of an entire class rejected by society; of a deaf shepherd who achieved international acclaim by personifying what such an outcast class can achieve through education; of a frail New England pastor who channeled the love of a little deaf girl into a mighty force that has created a first college in the world for that class. It is also a tale of destroyers: of a zealous physician who put mock science ahead of true humanity; of a haughty nobleman who imposed his will on the deaf, knowing, he believed, what was best for them but knowing, in fact, none of them; of a professional reformer who sought to recast entire classes of society in his own image." [ Excerpted from "When the Mind Hears" By Harlan Lane.]

Stockholm syndrome -

"noun Psychiatry.
an emotional attachment to a captor formed by a hostage as a result of continuous stress, dependence, and a need to cooperate for survival." [ Excerpted from dictionary.com ]

This is how and why we are suffering mental health problems due to hearing people's selfish ambitions and motivations. We are the victims of abuses everywhere at home, at work, at schools and the community.

We need to stand our ground and turn the tables back at them! We need to deprogram the audistic system.

This is what deaf advocacy is all about!