I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this. After exchanging great discussions with a friend, I feel it is important information to share with y’all.
Honestly, I thought that Gallaudet University is a 100% private institution, and I am sure that you thought the same thing being informed that Gallaudet University is private. That has required more research. Let’s go back to 1954.
1954 Congressional hearing where it has made a final decision that Gallaudet University (Gallaudet College that time) is semi-public and semi-private (both)–it is complicated. Yes, interesting. This coming Sunday, July 26th, will be the 30 years anniversary: American Disabilities Act (ADA). Why?
Since Gallaudet University is being semi-public, it does not come under the ADA. Interesting. Department of Public Safety (DPS)–certified by District of Columbia, DPS does come under the ADA. Be aware that Gallaudet University does come under Section 504 (Rehab Act of 1973).
I just learned recently from a friend above that shared with me that President Merrill encouraged students to go to downtown DC on buses to participate in the 504 protest! There were many Deaf students there, outside the building and some inside also participated in the sit-in.
Imagine. A county sheriff was appointed to a county commission to influence people’s behavior. That’s an indirect violation of the First Amendment, because it interferes with freedom of thought. In order to have freedom of speech, we need freedom of thought.
DPS is “certified” under the District of Columbia to become a genuine (governmental) police force, and it is not a security guard service. Governmental police force.
Let’s focus on the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Who is the Chair for BIT? Ted Baran, DPS Chief. That is a serious violation of the First Amendment. Why? Interferes with freedom of thought. That is very much ILLEGAL.
After doing research and realizing that it is a blatant violation of the First Amendment. I wonder why Gallaudet University is allowing to violate the First Amendment? Thinking it is all right to dumb down Deaf students from all walks of life?
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Deaf students has been experiencing a lot of racial profiling at Gallaudet University. BIT Chair Ted Baran has the power to violate their freedom of thought in the First Amendment. More privileges. White, Hearing, and Oppressor of the Constitution Rights. That is something seriously to be looked at.
BOOK: “HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST” written by Ibram X. Kendi:
“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.”
“Racist: One who supports a Racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea.”