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Human Rights Day: Deaf Returned Citizens Still Are Marginalized at Gallaudet University

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Today, December 10th is International Human Rights Day…..

Human Rights Day commemorates the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

On behalf of Deaf returned citizens, my organization, Deaf Access Justice (DAJ) committed to promote and protect the civil and human rights of Deaf returned citizens in the United States. I am writing to express my strong opposition to the bullying, intimidation, and fear tactics by Gallaudet University.

Gallaudet University has a record of bullying and bigotry against Deaf returned citizens, disregard for the rule of law, and hostility to the protection of civil rights that makes Gallaudet University unfit to serve as safe haven on the campus. In our democracy, Gallaudet University is funded by federal money, enforcing our nation’s laws without prejudice and with an eye toward justice. Deaf returned citizens has rights to earn higher education 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Is there something Deaf community does not know the vast majority of the oppression by the administration at Gallaudet University? You do not really believe many of them talk the way they do because of power, do you? It may at times appear that way, but they are hiding the truth. The Obama administration is urging universities and colleges to re-evaluate how questions about an applicant’s criminal history are used in the admissions process, that’s the big reason that they are being denied for higher education.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/10/us/us-urges-colleges-to-rethink-questions-about-criminal-records.html?_r=0

A guide written by Education Secretary, John B. King, “Beyond the Box: Increasing Access to Higher Education for Justice Involved Individuals” would help understand why they are being denied even though they served their time. The difficult thing is that Gallaudet University anyone who apply for the job is not required to have their background checked or their fingerprints screened—yet, there was a Deaf returned citizen in ASL/Deaf Studies department who accepted into Ph.D. program and taught students and got marginalized badly as well as singled out—in bullying style when someone does not like the person and make sure the person receive damage control as much as possible.

As a founder of DAJ, I have long opposed the concept that Gallaudet University has the right to humiliate and bully a Deaf returned citizens as a means of punishment. My personal beliefs were severely tested when I was taken away from a full-ride scholarship at Gallaudet University in 2013 just because I am a returned citizen. That bullying tactics changed my personal beliefs what Gallaudet University is about. If anything, it had strengthened my support for Human Rights Day.

Human Rights Day need to gain understanding and empathy for any who have experienced such trauma in their lives. Those who have not had such experience cannot fully appreciate the depth of the pain in all form and shape. I, therefore, will criticize those who are life-time bullies and who support the “death penalty” on Deaf returned citizens at Gallaudet University. There are many reasons why I support Human Rights Day and oppose cruel punishment as in 8th Amendment in United States Constitution on moral, economic, and practical grounds to do so intentionally in an inhumanity sense. The cruel effects of such inhumane punishment—Deaf returned citizens are also humans are especially called to respond to such grave injustice that violates human dignity.

We need to do this together to do more than reflect on the past–we can speak up for those who have been silenced. Thank you for your commitment to human rights and dignity for everyone in America and around the world.

Additional links:

http://www.vox.com/2015/11/2/9660282/obama-ban-the-box

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/30/obama-finalizes-regulation-ban-box-job-applicants/

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In solidarity,

-JT

Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier

This text may be freely copied in its entirely only, including this copyright message.

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4 responses

  1. I can’t believe how administrators would dare to deprive returned citizens the right to education? Most important is to welcome anybody as long as they follow rules, abiding Gallaudet policies and all should be safe and monitored.

    Yes it is injustice I’m glad you took the stand and continue to grow with education your testimony would help others to change their perspective of Human Rights and Right to education too. Stop targeting people for their mistakes when they forget about Rights.

    Barbara

    1. There you said it! Right on the spot! Yes, taking away their dignity and change their lives for better. Ignorance is still out there–which really makes things even more worse!

  2. I just post a comment I hope it goes through. My god of course YOU DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION.

    Are you struggling to get into Gallaudet?

    Barbara

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    1. No one ever take away anyone’s right to higher education at all. No one! Education is all about freedom and democracy.

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