- Racism, repression and resistance. Tef Poe: “Missouri is the new Mississippi”
- Echoes of COINTELPRO in Ferguson
- Rev. Al Sharpton rips report that Darren Wilson said he fired in self-defense
- "I Love Ferguson" plans alternative Halloween event
- Women of color and the hidden trauma of police brutality
- Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, says prejudice is the source of violence.
- Study finds that teachers expect less from black students
- 40,000 unprocessed Georgia voter registrations go to court
- Keene State #PumpkinFest Riots (x) (x) Video of cops standing around as glass bottles are thrown. Keene is not Ferguson — Despite police, fires, and tear gas. Keene College Administration tries to blame “out of town visitors” for riots.
- West Virginia Mountaineers win, students celebrate by rioting
- Fan at the Rams game reportedly spit on a protester, fight ensues. 2 protesters, mother and daughter, arrested. (storify) (video)
- "Not Made for TV: Ferguson reflections by Kelly Hayes
- 13 y/o protester had his drums broken by police during the Boycott Walmart event (video) Donate here.
- America’s Justice System Is Not Colorblind (and Neither Are You)
- Donate to Lost Voices
- Kids join the protests (storify)
- #OccupySLU ends peacefully, University president responds
- Ferguson on knife edge of more violence after grand jury evidence leak showing struggle
- At least 5 Ferguson officers apart from Darren Wilson have been named in lawsuits
- Ferguson police accused of assaulting children
- Shaun King has 15 questions for Darren Wilson (storify)
- Ferguson protesters brace for no indictment
- Is it legal for the police to shoot an unarmed, surrendered citizen?
- Black teens are 21 times more likely to be shot by cops than white teens
- The Big List of Ferguson Live Streams
Conservative fears of nonexistent or overblown boogeymen — Saddam’s WMD, Shariah law, voter fraud, Obama’s radical anti-colonial mind-set, Benghazi, etc. — make it hard not to see conservatism’s prudent risk avoidance as having morphed into a state of near permanent paranoia, especially fueled by recurrent “moral panics,” a sociological phenomenon in which a group of “social entrepreneurs” whips up hysterical fears over a group of relatively powerless “folk devils” who are supposedly threatening the whole social order…
Consider the recent wave of hysteria over Central American children turning themselves in at the border. There were the hordes of angry demonstrators protesting busloads of children, like it was Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. There was the congressman/doctor Phil Gingrey’s warning letter to the CDC, claiming that the children might be carrying the Ebola virus — a disease unknown outside Sub-Saharan Africa. There was the ludicrous myth of the “$50 million illegal alien resort spa.” But above all there was the most basic, fundamental fact that the children were turning themselves in at the border — it was anything but a failure of border protection, although that’s what the right-wing hysteria portrayed it as.
Put simply, none of what conservatives have been doing in the recent “border crisis” moral panic makes any sense in terms of pragmatic problem-solving. But it all makes perfect sense in terms of expressively defending a threatened group identity — and that is very much in line with what researchers have found to be the defining characteristics of conservatism.
No problem at all!
The majority of my ASL comes from self-studying (though practicing often with two Deaf friends I had was crucial), so hopefully I’ll be able to provide some good resources!
Firstly, I think it’s important to say that the way I learned ASL is at the beginning is largely through vocab acquisition. I think most people learning ASL start off signing with very English word order and structure, and over time as you get exposed to grammatical aspects as well as aspects of ASL that I hesitate to mark as grammar—it might be more appropriate to say that it is style instead—you get away from English. So if you want to just start off translating a song word for word (as I see many people on YouTube doing) by using a dictionary and practicing that way, that would work! That’s kind of how I fell in love with the language. Though it’s very important to say that this type of signing is not ASL but rather something like SEE (Signing Exact English).
With that said, onto the resources:
Amazing website. This is how I got started with ASL. You can use their dictionary for words you want to know as well as lessons which can be found here to get you going. I like this one because, although the focus is mainly on vocab, there are some very important grammatical lessons (body shifting, what to do with your eyebrows with questions or in general, topicalization, non-manual markers, etc.).
Huge dictionary: you will see on the left a series of dictionaries, of which I really have only used the Main Dictionary page, but the Phrase Dictionary looks awesome for absorbing aspects of grammar. This dictionary is a must.
Another ASL dictionary. Apparently there are better features for paying members, but I’ve never paid for it and it’s useful nonetheless.
Another dictionary. Not much to say about this one besides that it could be a good resource.
Obviously awesome resource if you want to look something up, such as something about the grammar, a word that you can’t find in the dictionaries, and so on.
Also amazing resource because you can get tons of exposure to a variety of styles of signing. ASL has a huge amount of variation with style, with some people using English word order and words like to be and the and then others whose signing does not resemble English whatsoever. Most people are somewhere in the middle, but because ASL isn’t incredibly unified you are going to see a lot of variation in terms of vocabulary, how ideas are expressed, and so on. Basically just search anything with ‘Deaf’ in it, ASL storytelling, ASL lessons, etc. and you will find some helpful resources. I have a YouTube channel that you can get to by clicking here that may be of some help to you! I post occasional ASL videos (in ASL with English captions) and, though I am not a native signer, most Deaf people I have met didn’t realize I wasn’t deaf until I said it directly, so I probably sign moderately well?
Signing Naturally book series
Though these books are old and not organized in the best fashion, it’s a good resource for picking up grammatical aspects of ASL. I’m not the biggest fan of it but I’ve spent a lot of time dissecting the stories and scenarios (storytelling is a huge part of ASL and you will be seeing it and hearing about it all the time if you learn ASL), though I don’t think I really went through the third book. They really need to get on updating those books
Some things to consider:
Because most of the resources I have put here are pretty old, many of the signs are outdated. That’s why it’s important not only to search words in multiple dictionaries but also to ask signers. All Deaf people I have met are very willing to help out, and all of my Deaf friends have told me that it’s a relief to have someone
I would highly recommend you take a class after you’ve got the basics of ASL down. I spent the first semester of my first year of college self-studying, and then I took ASL 4 (I was more appropriate for the advanced ASL discussion course but they felt uncomfortable letting me skip 4-5 classes and it was already hard enough to convince them to get me into level 4, but anyway). Like I said, getting exposure from a variety of signers is important, and teachers at higher levels generally use very beautiful, interesting, and helpful styles of signing.
Taking a class also exposes you to Deaf culture, which is a HUGE part of ASL learning. Like, you just HAVE to learn the culture along with ASL. The language and the culture are so tied together, so much of ASL poetry (most interesting and beautiful thing in the fucking world, let me tell you) and storytelling have to do with Deaf people’s experiences, struggles, and so on. Even the history is interesting to learn—and I can’t stand history except for that of Deaf people—and much of it is about discrimination, audism, Deaf pride, Deaf vs. deaf, Deaf rights, etc.
It is very common for people to use what is called Simultaneous Communication (SimCom), which is basically signing and talking at the same time. I do it all the time with one of my best friends who is Deaf but hears and speaks well because of cochlear implants and speech therapy. The signing obviously becomes more English, so I would recommend avoiding this type of signing so as to learn “real” ASL (i.e. signing without speaking), but, since this is a very common means of communication, you might want to get used to it too, depending on who you interact with.
Kind of similar, but there is a wide variety of degrees to which people mouth the English translation of their signs. For some, they literally just mouth the English sentence while they sign, which is more or less SimCom but without voicing. For others, it is most of the individual words that they are signing such that, if you took the words mouthed and put that into a sentence, it wouldn’t be grammatical (or maybe even understandable) in English. Still others only do it for some words and in particular not when you have some kind of non-manual marker (I might make a post or a video going into greater detail about this later). And finally, there are some who do not mouth anything and use only non-manual markers—you will find this most often in storytelling and not often in casual conversation or even a classroom or professional setting. This mostly depends on one’s background with signing, how fluent they are in the native, etc.
I’m sure I’m forgetting something but I hope this helps to some extent! Of course, if you (or anyone else) has any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and I will try my best!
With Vonderrit you have the structure saying trust me while we find the truth. But how can we trust you in the midst of all of this? How dare you demand my trust when you continue to violate our ability to be alive, our freedom to assemble and continue to threaten the assembly of black bodies.
We’re out here because people are dying. We also refuse to live in a world where blackness is a death sentence. I refuse to let that be my reality.