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a friend shared this with me the story and this link which yes of course the ways and such of the guardian=inflated conflated rubbish and rude but that doesn't change the fact from this being a perception that i find demoralizing personally and not unpopular but common sadly: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/16/fake-mandela-memorial-interpreter-schizophrenia-signing

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this is the one link there in it: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/12/mandela-memorial-interpreter-history-violent-behaviour

 

this part kills me:

 

 

South Africa's leading deaf association denounced Jantjie as a fake, saying he was inventing signs, and described the episode as an insult to deaf people and Mandela himself.

 

 

like both disabled but one dismissing other's

 

tragic

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From the article: "There were, of course, security concerns: how was it possible, with all the control measures, for such a person to be in close proximity to world leaders"

 

God forbid that "such a person" be allowed to be in close proximity to world leaders.

 

 

ETA: 

Wow ... "Now we can see why Jantjie's gesticulations generated such an uncanny effect once it became clear that they were meaningless: what he confronted us with was the truth about sign language translations for the deaf – it doesn't really matter if there are any deaf people among the public who need the translation; the translator is there to make us, who do not understand sign language, feel good."

 

WTF?

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I actually found my self silently nodding with the editorial but I can understand why it has the response that it has here. No the signer  was not a fake and the lack of solidarity between people with disabilities is disturbing.

 

thank you for especially that last sentence parts. i know we don't always see eye to eye try but i have always appreciated how you do try to see the perspective invective of where i'm coming from and to understand my situation. cheers, my friend x

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Wow. I didn't know much about this until now (I don't read the news or watch TV at all) but I think people are having a pretty unfair reaction to him. It kind of offended me when they said he might be signing to aliens. Sorry I can't say anything more intelligent, my meds are making me kinda dumb. 

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