James Fernandes, Jane’s husband, sent out this letter in which he compares his wife to the heroine Joan of Arc, a national heroine of France and a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. In the letter, he also refers to the Gallaudet protesters as “a mob that turn on a heroic leader.” whew boy! … Now we can see where Jane got a part her Messianic complex! [a psychological state in which the individual believes herself to be, or is destined to become, the saviour of the world! As Jeanne de Gallaudet herself said: I am the ONLY one who can lead Gallaudet.]
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 12:38:39 -0500
From: James Fernandes
Subject: Gallaudet’s Loss
To: Jim Verizon Fernandes
Sincere and deep thanks from all our family for the diverse ways you have expressed your love, support and shared greiving for the loss we and Gallaudet have experienced. Many–particularly those at Gallaudet–are not on this group email list, so please forward our thanks and my verizon email address to others you know who have fought the good fight. (I will set up a verizon email account for Jane soon, but she should remain emailable at firstname.lastname@example.org for the
rest of this year.)
One card Jane got today from four lovely people said this: “‘There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.’ You are a model of decency, integrity, and forward thinking.” She is indeed sleeping well. One blessing for all the mammals in our household is to have her back with us. The stress of the past months and weeks has been replaced with grief for what Gallaudet and Jane have lost. But Jane is just too great a person in so many ways not to have in her future another, perhaps even better, way of serving the cause of inclusive and effective education.
Not too long ago very dear friends of ours gave Jane a small medallion of Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc in French, and I think Jeanne can be translated as Jane too) that she’s been wearing around her neck. So it was no small coincidence to see on the news triumphant detesters burning JK’s effigy on a stake. The fears, fury and hatred that drive a mob to turn on a heroic leader are clearly still with us so many centuries after Jeanne d’Arc was toppled from her horse and put to death after a sham of a trial.
Heroine Jeanne Fernandes de Gallaudet?
Many of you have already seen today’s Washington Post lead editorial, but for those of you who haven’t I’ll paste it below. Once again, the Post’s editorial board gets it right.