Originally Posted by flip
I can understand what you are talking about, and it's not first time I see this kind of incoherent statements from deaf people raised orally. It's sad that signers and oral deaf people keep on insulting each other, when it's the choices of hearing people that split deaf people.
A bit off topic perhaps, but in some european cities in the past, it was two kind of schools for deaf people. One kind was labeled "Idiot schools", where those who could speak attended. The other was "deaf and dumb" school, where those who was mute attended. I think most people on this board can figure out why they divided with the words "idiots" and "dumb".
My theory, is that we all are either idiot, or dumb, in the eyes of most hearing cultures. Successful oral people are sucessful idiots with an eccentric kind of intelligence. Sucessful native signers are dumb smartasses. I am a dumb smartass
Not only that but the attitudes of the general hearing population have against those who grew up signing. I have had teachers tell me that because I can speak, I must be so smart and that they felt sorry for my brother because he couldnt speak. That kind of message brainwashed me into thinking I was superior than the signing deaf because I was raised orally.