A CREDO FOR DEAF AMERICANS

by Dr. Frank Lala
(Georgia)

-----------------------------------------------------------------


A CREDO FOR DEAF AMERICANS

We don't choose to be the common linguistic minority........

It is our right to be the uncommon and noble linguistic minority.........

If we can, we seek opportunity, not security......

We don't wish to be "kept" citizens, humbled, dulled by having the state look after us................

We want to take the calculated risk.... to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed............

We want to abolish stereotyping, and to remove the prevalent public mentality toward prejudice......

We will not tolerate biased perceptions, criticisms or censures of our beloved American Sign Language.....

We will not accept abuse of our Deaf identity by oppressors, nor our rights to self-determination.....

We refuse to barter incentive for a dole....

We prefer the challenge of life to a quaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia....

We will not trade freedom for benefience, nor our dignity for a handout.........

We will never cower before any master, or paternalistic attitudes, nor bend to any threat of discrimination.......

It is the heritage of our Deaf Culture to stand erect, proud, and unafraid; to think and act for ourselves; to enjoy the benefits of our creations, and to face the hearing world boldly and say, "This we have achieved.".......

All of this is what it means to be Deaf Americans......
________________________________

By Frank James John Lala, Jr., Ph.D..

{C} 2007 Revised

Click here to read or post comments

Return to Guest Writers.