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Why “Social Justice” Matters at Gallaudet University

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After watching MJ Bienvenu where she explained the meaning of “Social Justice” video provided by Deafhood Foundation Newsletter, [Issue #6, January 26, 2016] I would like to express my grave concerns about Social Justice at Gallaudet University today.

Inside Gallaudet campus, it is filled with bigotry and hate, Deaf students are oppressed for using American Sign Language (ASL), and in today’s climate at Gallaudet, social justice is imaginatively and speculatively based on lack of education and ignorance, and it gives some fictitious information that humiliates and ostracizes not only Gallaudet, but also Deaf people everywhere on the campus.

As a Social Justice supporter myself, I always believed that producing the Social Justice to be an act of leadership. From time to time, it tells stories that we are not ready to see, holds up a mirror to reflect the realities of the Deaf people, and raises the antenna of our own social consciousness. However, I found it very difficult to write about Social Justice—that should give a good name specifically to any educational institution like Gallaudet where Deaf students are the legal age of full responsibility.

There is no question that Deaf students have tried to describe a number of experiences of consciousness that appear to them to be essential to the process of Social Justice—that is, they find it very difficult to “think away” these elements while assuming that Social Justice will continue to recognize there. Not only that, but Deaf returning citizens are severely oppressed more than anyone on the campus.

How can Gallaudet University ignore Social Justice with stimulate thought, open dialogue, and leave Deaf students about Gallaudet, for example, for hours, days, even years later? It is just a sad piece of Deaf history that Social Justice is not educated enough at Gallaudet. It is not the same today as MJ made this video ten years ago. We need to bring “Social Justice” back and educate them to protect their human rights and civil rights.

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-JT

Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier

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