FLASH NEWS: Islamophobia at Gallaudet University

A Deaf Muslim student at Gallaudet University is being threatened in the hands of white silence.

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Hate Crime Statistics: Not Good News

Most recent by releasing FBI statistics about hate crimes is a scary thought to take a look at, and we need to examine the problem in society.

My Visit to Oklahoma City Bombing Site

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14 years ago today—April 19th and it was one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history. It has happened in Oklahoma City. I got to visit the memorial on April 19, 2004. It was one of the most profound experiences I ever dealt with.

I was a Washington state high school senior that time when it happened in Oklahoma City. I was not feeling good that morning and had to skip classes and then turned television on and the news that was showing the images of Oklahoma City. I was shocked. I was torn. I was numb. Anyone ever know that Timothy McVeigh was a white supremacist terrorist?

Yeah, there are a lot of white supremacist terrorists out there today—worse than anybody. Really, it’s true. Did you know that white nationalists dropped fliers on college campuses almost once a day in 2017? After visiting the memorial was even more powerful than the images I’ve seen that time. In the words and pictures has left painful memories. The power of healing by taking the critical steps to stop hate. White supremacy has set a dangerous precedent.

See the numbers below that are on the rise, in my view, is an examination of the physical, social, mental, and psychological warfare that targets people of color, Muslims, Deaf people, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, and marginalized groups that paralyzed their communities. Many people will forever haunt OKC opens with a description of a white supremacist terrorist killing 168 people.

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The killing of the baby is violent, a permanent presence of an unspeakable act of murderer Timothy McVeigh committed to save white supremacy even more sinister future in tiding rise of hate crimes.

By the numbers issued by Southern Poverty Law Center:

Number of hate crimes reported in 2016: 6,121

Number of hate crimes reported in 2015: 5,818

Anti-Muslim crimes: In 2015: 301—in 2016, 381. That’s more than 25 percent increase.

Anti-Jewish crimes: In 2015: 695.—in 2016, 834. That’s more than 20 percent.

-JT

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Can We Stop Hate in Progress?

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Charlottesville, Virginia. The site of Heather Heyer. October 2017.

There has been a recent funded-study by federal guidelines, 450 human bodies that has been killed by the far right since 1990—the same year where Hate Crime Statistics Act has signed by President George H.W. Bush. That we must never forget.

Last October 2017, I visited Charlottesville, Virginia where ALT-Right movements killed Heather Heyer last August; the white supremacy must be brought up to have it rejected for the sake of humanity. I am all support to stop hate. We do not need white supremacy running our streets anymore. Not in my space. Do we have time to hate? Just yesterday, 13th of November, it was World Kindness Day. That we must never forget.

I remember in 1988 as a 14 years old kid, there was huge news about the murder of Mulugeta Seraw in Portland in the hands of skinheads, with hate ties to bad-ass white supremacy group. I was visiting my mother in Northeast Portland that time. I remember that day very well. I’ve really wished to keep that newspaper. In fact, it had happened on November 13th as well. It has hit Portland very hard.

Portland was put on an international spotlight on a map all because of this. Portland Trail Blazers might had won NBA championship in 1977. But, this one is 849,325 times bigger news than NBA championship. After Seraw’s death, Portland is not the same. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) became the face of kindness. Morris Dees, the lead counsel for SPLC won the case in Portland. Talk about World Kindness Day! It will be always in my memory. It is a powerful trait. That we never forget.

When my hate crime professor talked about Mulugeta Seraw in a classroom in 2007, memories brought up. It was painful but at the same time, we need to remind that we must tolerate against any form of hate. It has opened my eyes to the endless of ideas and responsibilities to talk and write more about hate crime. It is part of my civic duty. We also need to bring up and discuss about hate groups and of course, far right and alt-right.

I am in solidarity with people of color, Muslims, Native Americans, and Deaf people where Trump’s support of white supremacy and its hate groups have in the tide wave of hate crimes. Recently with couple of hours ago, FBI announced that its hate crime report for 2016 has brought up with bad news that for second straight year of increasing—the first time it has actually happened in a decade. We were getting better until Trump showed up in the name of hate. Do we even realize that a decade is long time to heal from pain? We were just getting better. That we never forget.

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The total of hate crimes for 2016:

6,121 incidents. Ouch.

Stop FAR RIGHT and ALT-RIGHT. We do not need another Charlottesville. Anywhere. That is why we need to remind how to teach love, not hate. That we never forget. Let’s embrace social justice! Be sure to read the references below.

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring“-Victor Hugo

-JT

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References:

https://theconversation.com/threats-of-violent-islamist-and-far-right-extremism-what-does-the-research-say-72781

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/11/13/hate-crimes-rise-second-straight-year-anti-muslim-violence-soars-amid-president-trumps

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2016/topic-pages/incidentsandoffenses

 

 

Respect for Muslims at Gallaudet University

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I had the greatest pleasure to accept an invitation by a friend to attend an event called National Day Festival of Oman at Gallaudet University last night. I learned a lot where they discussed about their culture, history, and traditions. It was a big smashing success! It was packed Ole Jim house. Oh, the food was delicious and spicy, too! Five stars!

Student Body Government (SBG) president and Graduate Student Association (GSA) Vice President attended the event which played a positive leadership—of course, Dean of Student Affairs, Dwight Benedict did not attend the event which was not surprising. It was same thing that last March 2017, Dwight did not attend Islamophobia Within Deaf Community event either. Same thing he did not attend Graduate Student Orientation breakfast in 2013 I was part of—and show how much lack of his leadership looks like today. Lack of transparency included.

Gallaudet University exists in a world that desperately needs effective academic leaders like Dwight to show us the way of higher learning. Gallaudet University is unique because it is where ASL is best used. There are so many arenas of scholarship in that university that cry for betterment, and we need the visions of insightful leaders to paint better pictures of possibility for us to strive for. We need a new Dean of Student Affairs to inspire us, excite us, and energize us toward our commitment of cultural appreciation in higher education that will make a difference for humanity.

Gallaudet University needs a Dean of Student Affairs who can open the door to discussion about cultural appreciation in higher education, who encourages signing up and signing freely, welcoming input, feedback, and ideas without setting up committees of a few. Gallaudet University needs a Dean of Student Affairs who expects action and execution with urgency in an atmosphere where everyone feels safe making on-the-spot comments. For example, how to challenge Islamophobia.

Is Dwight the type of change agent? Did he understand the importance of his leadership to appreciate and realize Deaf people from all walks from life that had difficulty lives?

There is a good quote by wiser Dwight—Dwight D. Eisenhower,

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army or in an office.”

–JT

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