"People are perfectly happy to see women as sex objects, but the actual biologic of our bodies is apparently gross and unmentionable."
- Our Bodies, Ourselves.
This two-part comic is dedicated to all deaf people who are victims of deadly ignorance on hearing people’s part. Deaf people had been constantly being discriminated, beaten up, erroneously arrested, harmed, and even killed. They are victim of ignorance on hearing people’s part; varied hearing people, ranging from a hearing gang member to a hearing cop.
There is a dire need to educate the public more about deaf people. Especially those who are cops, hospital workers, firefighters, and many more professions that are involved in critical life or death decisions.
This comic is dedicated, as well, to those who worked tirelessly to educate the public about deaf people. We need to thank them more. We need to support them more. They do truly make a huge difference in lives of deaf people; a difference that can be a matter of life or death.
If you would like to read more articles about mistreatment of deaf people by the police, please do take time to visit this website (that’s run by Deafweekly.com)
Incidences in my comics are based on these news articles:
Articles about cops killing deaf citizens:
Articles about how someone mistook ASL as a gang sign:
When studying Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University, I was horrified to find out that Alexander Graham Bell actually published a paper titled “Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race,” in which he basically suggested that deaf people should not marry each other.
Bell wrote: “Those who believe as I do, that the production of a defective race of human beings would be a great calamity to the world, will examine carefully the causes that lead to the intermarriage of the deaf with the object of applying a remedy.” His suggestions on how to stop marriages amongst deaf people were: “(1) Determine the causes that promotes intermarriages among the deaf and dumb; and (2) remove them.” *
Bell even went as far as saying this to deaf audience in 1891: “I am sure that there is no one among the deaf who desires to have his affliction handed down to his children” and he “promoted marriage with a hearing partner so that the undesirable ‘blood is diluted’ by ‘admixture with normal blood’” (“The History of Special Education” by Margret Winzer). I cannot imagine how livid the deaf community must have been.
Of course, the angered deaf community and advocates placed so much pressure and criticism on Bell that Bell decided to have Dr. Edward Allen Fay do a study on deaf marriages. As a result, Fay found out that about 10% of deaf parents had deaf children (“The History of Special Education” by Margret Winzer). That rendered Bell’s arguments to be invalid. Still, Bell had already done so much irreversible damages to the deaf community. (Not to mention his stance on supporting Oralism, on focusing on destroying ASL, deaf clubs, deaf schools, and many more)
I cannot imagine what it was like for deaf people at that time period. I am sure that many of deaf people’s family relatives were persuaded by Bell’s words against deaf marriages. As a result, deaf people suffered pressures from their family relatives to NOT marry their deaf partner, to marry a hearing partner instead. It is possible that, thanks to Bell, some deaf people were prevented from marrying (deaf) ones they truly do love. That is why my heart goes out to supporting same-sex marriages nowadays. Nobody deserves to be denied from marrying the ones they truly love. Nobody.