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DPN 30th: Racism Was an Ugly Duckling

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Carl Schroeder: Unseen and Forgotten Hero of Deaf President Now

When Carl Schroeder was dying, he shared an invaluable story about Deaf President Now (DPN). There were a lot of stories to share though. He told a story that when he visited John Yeh and learned that Yeh heavily appropriated DPN. I am talking about spending a lot of money before it became materialized. Yeh is a good man.

I was told about this story how I. King Jordan (IKJ) and Paul Kelly knew each other before DPN. Paul Kelly encouraged IKJ to apply and coached him how to get this job. Of course, Jordan awarded Kelly by giving him a promotion to Vice President of Administration and Business. That is where Kelly got his hands by controlling Gallaudet today and tomorrow. 30 years ago Carl said no to IKJ and he became an ugly duckling and he said that he is comfortable with it because he knows that he is in literature and pictures, too.

Carl had a huge clash with one of the Seven Ducks and Carl felt his hatred. It was not even pretty. One of the Seven Ducks spewed hatred and racist language towards Carl and the other Duck supported that racist Duck. Through Carl’s “campaign” before and in the DPN demonstration, Carl insisted that Gallaudet do a new search. That is where Carl was made even more ugly duckling. They picked IKJ and thought he would leave in few years. However, he overstayed his welcome and continued to entertain this welcome.

Anyone ever remember that in 1991, Jordan shut down bilingual education and ASL? That was only three years as Gallaudet University President. Remember, Jordan was a huge Sim-Com user and still is today. Carl was right and tried to warn the Seven Ducks that Jordan was not the right selection. He knew. He knew. He knew. Yet regardless this attitude, anyone who finds himself in a position of Gallaudet University needs to develop a Deaf-centered environment if he means to lead the University well that was supposed to be ASL-centered.

So much for Harkin’s speech in 1988 at Gallaudet few months after DPN—“The inauguration of President Jordan is the beginning of a new era for deaf people around the world. No more will deaf people tolerate the paternalism and the charity of those who seek to control their future. You ARE the masters of your own destiny.”

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Ten years later after DPN, one Deaf guy asked a question, “Why not Deaf President Now should be a national holiday?” The whole story needs to be filled in from the start. As long as Gallaudet emphasizes diversity, it will take years before a mental unity will merge unless I am grossly mistaken. “Div”—is in Latin meaning spilt. If it is not unity, uni-means oneness. It was the faculty senate that is the most powerful voice. It is the same truth for all other colleges and universities and we need to be aware about this very much. It is extremely important!

Carl was an “unseen” hero in DPN. He was very much involved with DPN meetings and all. The only regret as in 2013, one person asked a question for Ben Jarashow’s lecture: The 7 Ducks: Behind the DPN Movement if any 7 Ducks had any regrets. A Duck threw the most ugliest and racist language in his face and other Duck supported that Duck. Yes, that duck had a HUGE clash with Carl. No regrets? Tsk tsk. Racism is a social disease.

Fast forward. 2006. There was second protest—see what happens? Carl knew that IKJ was not the right selection. Carl became a scapegoat. The administration did nothing to minimize their anger and there was an insidious plan at Gallaudet University to remove him from his professoriate.

Of all the DPN duckies, Carl was considered crazy and radical. The reason he was very disappointed with the appointment of IKJ at the helm of Gallaudet because IKJ switched his support between the Board of Trustees and the protest. Carl was the one who inspired students with his talk on the night before the students and other people marched to the Mayflower Hotel.

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The only reason he became blackballed because he said “Fuck Hearing” (So what! I bet there are a lot of Deaf people who would say the same thing) and the administration made his life hell.

Remember 2006 Protest Video? There were couple of hearing people who said some not pretty things. For example, Dirksen Bauman, the world’s only hearing faculty member in ASL/Deaf Studies at Gallaudet U. said not cool about Irish people. Why would he say something like that? Ironic, right? Wait, Carl was targeted because he was DEAF. So much for hearing privileges.

Carl was an unseen hero. He had a huge passion. He fought for students. The leaders of the Deaf would like to know what it all means. The students at Gallaudet University—they would like to know, too. Gallaudet University was designed for DEAF people FIRST.

Their lives live the most extraordinarily satisfying lives in a period that has witnessed the 1988 DPN; a world in which Deaf people have been “seen” and in which hundreds of millions of Deaf people around the world live in conditions of oppression and hopelessness. It demands change, especially in academia. Most importantly, students could become new meaning-makers. Carl told me many stories about DPN—and he approved of student protest because it was meaningful and necessary. His or her battle harmed no one. Take notice. Be aware. Appreciate the students.

Most recently about a week ago, I learned that one of DPN original Student leaders was asking for names to be part of DPN 30th anniversary—and the majority of people are white. How come there are not enough Deaf people of color? Why are they shunned out of the picture?

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Carl’s passionate will never  forgotten. He was very much part of DPN Movement. Shame on two Ducks for encouraging Racism. They were the most unqualified, misleading, uninformed vile excuse for humanity. I support Carl all the way. I do not support DPN as national holiday because of racism and it needs to be addressed sooner or later. I do not appreciate hatred.

The worst part was that when Carl passed away and had asked me to be person of charge for his memorial service at Ole Jim (Alumni House) in April 2014. That day, there were few original Ducks did not even bother to attend Carl’s memorial service and pay respect instead of watching a NFL tryout for a Deaf football player at Gallaudet on the same day.  Laughing, hand-shaking, debating about sports. It tells a lot. Selfish? Guilt? Who knows?

I also learned that Ben Jarashow is attempting to write a book about DPN—and I hope the book will not be all-white literature book. History needs to be changed. Truth needs to be seen. Do not hide the history. Do not hide the stories. Deaf people of color needs to be addressed more often.

-JT

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The Reflection of a Giant Mirror at Gallaudet University

 

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Imagine the giant mirror at Gallaudet University

We all ask why there is no event celebrating 200 years of ASL and the birth of Deaf Education at Gallaudet University. The only thing coming out of Gallaudet is the video message by President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano.

Gallaudet University would not exist without Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet’s brilliant ideas. First and foremost, Deaf people must never be ignorant in any way whatsoever. The present administration at Gallaudet University is still spinning around.

Who is in the charge of money there? His name is Paul Kelly, vice president for administration and finance. A pure Audist at heart. He also is in charge of Bobbi’s money, too. He was very successful in dodging responsibilities in not only oppressing Deaf people, but also avoiding ASL in the accreditation question.

This is not the first time. We all need to be aware of Administration & Operations Manual what is called “4.41 Dispute Resolution Procedures”—where the students even faculty members could have make any difference to grieve the unreasonable action by Kelly in the spirit of academic and ASL freedom. Why are they afraid of what?

In few weeks, graduation is coming up—the school for 2017-2018 academic year will not start until last week of August. If there is no celebration before the end of this year including September, the month of Deaf awareness or in this matter, homecoming events then we all need to challenge Kelly’s ignorance of Deaf people and ASL and culture. Renewing and celebrating ASL at Gallaudet University even as the language of instruction in the Administration and Operations and why it is important for the world of the Deaf to have every constitutional rights to celebrate ASL and to break the domino effects of Audism.

Again, why is Paul Kelly in the charge of a “new order” and would dare to suspend anyone who participates in a rally that celebrates 200 years of ASL? Dirty politics at Gallaudet University will always present. Paul Kelly needs to go. We do not need a pure Audist in the administration. Too long. New blood is coming up soon.

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Can you believe Paul has been at Gallaudet University for more than 35 years? Amazing! Don’t forget what Paul did to Carl Schroeder, too. 🙂

-JT

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References: https://my.gallaudet.edu/intranet/photos-archive/paul-kelly-receives-his-35-year-service-award

 

 

 

 

 

“Citizenship” at Gallaudet University

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After watching ‘State of the University Address’ by Gallaudet University President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano yesterday [January 31, 2017], there are couple of issues that I would like to share my thoughts and I decided to write about “citizenship” this time. The aspect of complexity—moving our intellectual freedom out of oppressive Gallaudet University. Do we understand public relations and media, dealing with Trump administration? Especially at Gallaudet University….

What we know that we have our own identity and citizenship that is generated by social norms. Citizenship is a human condition that makes our life human, our language human, and our leisure human. Personally and professionally, students are much interested in addressing information, language, and communication than in promoting a current “full access and open communication” that needs to be seen.

What students need that the administration including the president that would realize that students are the change-makers and would change and represent a new, important form of democratic expression. The administration dominated by Gallaudet University has been known for its denial to avoid the truth.

Citizenship can empower Gallaudet University. Stories are still alive as metaphors in our lives. It can provide us with a vivid illustration of reasons why citizenship is important. At the same time, I was talking with a friend about that last night because we both watched Bobbi’s presentation and asked me what I thought of it and agreed that whether Gallaudet University lacks moral values and nothing is written in “citizenship” as of today.

Sharing some concerns whether the number of students does not understand their own sense of ownership or rights neither as an American nor in this matter, international students and returned citizens in their basic human rights to hold the highest land of citizenship.

President Cordano has declared all of Gallaudet alumni, alumnus, students, all the people on the campus, have the Gallaudet University Manual of Operations updated its definition about “Citizenship” yet?

This three-inch-thick document that is available from Vice President Paul Kelly’s office that should spell out a well-planned effort to protect all the students in “citizenship” market, and establish rapport in order to promote higher learning and support all the citizenship of Gallaudet.

Do SBG and GSA have a copy of the Gallaudet University Manual of Operations? If we want to protect our citizenship at all costs or show the Gallaudet community, knowledge is very important and regain our strength and remember your objective in this citizenship rights carefully, in line with your judgment, and study your human rights—constitutional rights and student rights.

Gallaudet University should upgrade its academic freedom that would guarantee all Gallaudet “citizens” as in citizenship including Deaf returned citizens, a beacon of higher education—it is a good time to demand change.

After all, Gallaudet University community is growing quickly into a wide-ranging of renewal of supporting “citizenship”—the administration needs to make students the best “change-makers”—if they would ever deal with the truth.

A proud Gallaudet citizen and alumnus.

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-JT

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LOOK: Gallaudet University Administration is in Comics Today!

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This morning when I was reading comics through Washington Post, “Candorville” and I realized that it is a perfect example of what the administration at Gallaudet University is all about. Please note that the “cardboard cutout of Donald Trump” reminds of Paul Kelly. Kind of funny, right? Laugh a little bit, will you?

-JT

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Gallaudet University: A Speculation about Dwight Benedict

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There are some concerns that need to be expressed. When we subtract our the emotional content of this controversial issue, it is important to know that Gallaudet community should be aware about this, a familiar source inside the administration has informed that Paul Kelly known as “money-man” who is one of the most ruthless men ever to be lived will resign the position as Vice President, Administration and Finance since 1988 soon—-time will tell. We live in such a fallen world.

As soon as Kelly retires, there is someone with greatest interest in this position: Albert Dwight Benedict, Dean for Student Affairs and Academic Support. The status quo continues at Gallaudet University-allowing the same propaganda style to infiltrate our common senses. Would you agree that Albert Dwight Benedict is a perfect candidate for the position? What do you say? Reminder: It serves as worthy reminder that Gallaudetians like myself find us engulfed in breathless speculation.

Yes, there has an acknowledgement that Dwight might also retires within a year or two years as well, but the position was eye-opening and a lot of money is hard to walk away from. I would like to emphasize that it has been speculation. Say, what if it is not speculation?

-JT

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