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Gallaudet University: Charity Reedy Warigon, a Finalist for Chief Diversity Officer

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I am a Deaf White Straight Male. I am an alumnus of Gallaudet University. As Gallaudet University is strongly white establishment system even today, the administration, majority of faculty and students are still predominately white. I am sharing my major concerns about Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) final three picks. I honestly think that Gallaudet University need to search again and pick the right people—there are plenty of qualified only Deaf People of Color candidates.

Focusing on Charity Reedy Warigon, a White Deaf privileged female who is a special assistant to the Vice President for Engagement at Gallaudet University. She is one of three finalists. As I am sure that Charity have an impressive resume that I will not deny that, but is she the right person?

Will she understand the “home” at Gallaudet University for people of color? Will she understand Deaf people of color’s power struggles in the white-establishment academy? Does Charity understand the character of Racism as it shapes intellectual life of the Deaf people of color?

Although Gallaudet University has a Racism long history to be performed within the Deaf community, it has yet to stop marketing itself and treating Deaf people of color as its consumers. It should develop and share much needed “diversity and inclusiveness” catchword, and hardly ever offered resolutions. Even hate crimes is the face of “dark crime figure” known as under the rug at Gallaudet. Yes, you read this right, diversity is also about recognizing hate crimes and hate speech. It is rarely talked about.

The position for CDO must be responsible for demonstrating accountability for diversity and effectively communicating the accomplishments, needs and value of Deaf people of color to the public and to the world. Why Gallaudet University thinks Deaf people of color in language and cultural oppression should be oppressed was my comprehension. Once someone is oppressed, he or she learns to become the oppressor.

The problem is that Charity is white. I also realized that she did not attend an important event last March 2017 at Gallaudet University: Islamophobia Within Deaf Community. This is also part of diversity as well. I remembered seeing Charity to show up for an event Beyond Inclusion hosted by Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) that it did not include Deaf people of color on the panel. It was more important for Charity to attend this event than attending Islamophobia Within Deaf Community.

Link: https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2017/02/23/my-reflection-beyond-inclusion/

Although it is not the first time what Charity had done before. She was only an American sitting on Canadian Hearing Society [CHS] board making best interests for Deaf Canadians when she is not a Canadian. I think what she did was very selfish move. I believe that it applies to Deaf Canadians only when they understand Canada better than an American who does not live there. Is that also a power trip, no? Would we really describe Charity as a “leader” for the position of CDO?

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I think Charity knows better than that—and would make a wise decision to give CDO position to someone else who are qualified Deaf people of color. As in CDO search announcements via Gallaudet website, Charity may be “married to an African-American, she has exposure to the rich and diverse African cultures.” Still, it does not mean anything really. She will always have white privileges. Always. Even Deaf privileges that are often oppressed Deaf people of color. Ain’t that true or not?

Even though my Aunt Sue who is married to a Black male, I have strong exposure in Black cultures as I have many Black cousins, Aunts and family member. I still would not apply for CDO because I do not understand their experiences through pain and struggles. And I am a White Deaf man. I respect them first. That is a big difference.

Please, no hearing candidates that DOES NOT KNOW ASL either, too! Also, the CDO should be well-versed knowledge about LGBTA, Deaf returned citizens (which is the most marginalized and most oppressed group), ethnicity, socio-economic status, religious beliefs (for example, Islamphobia) and many others.

-JT

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References:

https://www.gallaudet.edu/chief-diversity-officer-search/announcements/announcement—april-25

 

 

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Let’s Grab Some Popcorn!

Watching Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump is like a set of movies in order or perhaps a sequence. Cutting 9.2 Billion dollars for Education is a big insult to the American people. LBTQA and Black students including Deaf students are America’s future students that should not be demoralized and oppressed!

Did Gallaudet University Erase Hate Crime Recently?

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I learned about this when I visited Gallaudet University couple of hours ago. It is being offered for $500—the university viewed it as vandalism. It was a student action project exhibit and robbed their time and education. I am very much in support of Black Lives Matter.

To me, once someone took the sign down out of pure vengeance, it means they bullied human beings down just because they are Black and it is a hate crime. Yes, Gallaudet University has been racist for long time. The English language has a strange inference of criminalization, “Legislation that makes something illegal.” For example, indicating the criminalization of Black Deaf people everyday—it is true that the society fails to educate Deaf community what Racism really meant in the highest term of learning.

From Jack Levin’s book, Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed:

Thrill seeking hate crime: an individual joins a group activity so that the people who are most important to him–his friends, will not reject him. It is the most common type for anyone to use this.

Mission hate crime (the rarest group): the rarest version of hate crimes consists of an attack carried out by the individuals with a mission; they seek to rid the world of evil by disposing of the members of a despised group.

You decide which would be best to describe for the haters or is it both, too? What kind of hate crime policing at Gallaudet University? What works to get Deaf community to take hate crime seriously by having a policy from Gallaudet community to make a statement, “our policy is to take hate crimes seriously” and create specializing units. Specifically study and keep track of hate crime data and set a good role model by Gallaudet community. Racist, xenophobic and intolerant discourses in politics is not enough discussed at the university.

Unfortunately, Gallaudet University has been always a white privilege stronghold campus. When someone took the BLM project down, it is also a racial harassment, is it also a violation of U.S. Civil Rights laws, too? As Joe R. Feagin and Karyn D. McKinney wrote in a book called The Many Costs of Racism “Dealing with everyday Racism is more than a matter of managing internal concerns and crises.”

Community accountability needs to be recognized at Gallaudet University. We need to prevent this crisis not to let this happen again. We do not need Trump’s America to let it happen on the campus. Again, I am all in support for Black Lives Matter. Our democracy is at risk.

Thanks for standing with us against Racism and hate crime.

-JT

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Oregon’s Great Racism Roots: A History Lesson

 

English Transcript:

Hello! Right now, it is raining—birds are flying around, in fact, there is a bird right there. It brings memories back in Oregon, it rains all the time. I used to be a bicyclist heading for school or work, do I miss it? Yes and no.

Portland only see sun 70 times a year–that explains why it rains all the time! That is why it is depressing state, not only that, but SAD (seasonal affective disorder)–when heavy clouds, makes your body and mind very tiring and not enough exposed to sun. What is positive about Portland: Food, Arts, Creative Minds, Books, Bicyclists…

Negative: Serious Racism. That is why I am letting you know that this vlog will warn you with graphic pictures that may be sensitive to the viewers and I will be talking about the roots of Racism in Oregon.

See that? The Great PNW. What is PNW? Pacific Northwest. (Washington, Oregon, Idaho…) I was bred and buttered there for 37 years then I moved to a diverse city. Most of my family members were born in PNW. I first learned Racism roots where in my class, Hate Crime and Bias. Maybe my first taste of Racism–possibly hate, around in 2003 or 2004, when I was a community college student walking to school from my old apartment one day then I saw something that really taken back.

There was a meeting room with glass windows next to a restaurant which owned the room, there were ALL of were skinheads, ALL of them were WHITE. There was a sign that says “Volksfront”–a hardcore skinhead and hate group. I remember giving them dirty facial expressions to them, telling them “Fuck you” allowing hate in my “backyard”.

Three years later, in 2007, I signed up for Hate Crime and Bias course, and that was where I learned deep Racism roots in Oregon, that was when I became shocked. That is why it is my duty to educate you all in ASL. Portland is the most whitest city in America. When Oregon became statehood in 1859, they were called “White Utopia” and that was where they followed racist principles.

The year, 1859—89% of residents voted Oregon to be WHITE ONLY STATE. That means they do not accept Black people or People of Color. Blacks cannot live, work, or own property from 1859 until 1926. Even with 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, meaning former slaves can vote, live, whatever they want. Oregon refused to recognize 14th Amendment.

What is 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution? It was passed in 1866 recognized by United States Congress then ratified in 1868, still Oregon still refused to recognize it from 1868 until 1973–more than 100 years later! I remember taking Hate Crime class, there was a discussion about year 1922 where there were more than 14,000 memberships in KKK groups. 9,000 members were living in Portland alone. That was a large number!

If you want to read books, I will put links in the video. Sadly, today in Oregon, the state are still targeting Blacks–only less than 2% of Blacks living there. Comparing to 14% in America. Oregon is still practicing Racism—invisible or not. Thank you! The pictures will be shown–along with references.

-JT

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At the Center of White Privilege: Altering Deaf People of Color’s Public Spaces

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I am 42 years old male, my government skin is white, and a direct line with indigenous people in my family, I will copy and paste this powerful statement that today people still thinks Indigenous people are “people of color”:

A common phrase used to describe minority or underrepresented populations is “people of color.” American Indians are not, to quote Elizabeth Cook Lynn, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe and founding editor of Wicazo Sa (a leading journal in American Indian Studies), “people of color”. Cook-Lynn writes:

Native populations in America are not “ethnic” populations; they are not “minority” populations, neither immigrant nor tourist, nor “people of color.” They are the indigenous peoples of this continent. They are landlords, with very special political and cultural status in the realm of American identity and citizenship. Since 1924, they have possessed dual citizenship, tribal and U.S.; and are the only population that has not been required to deny their previous national citizenship in order to possess U.S. citizenship. They are known and documented as citizens by their tribal nations. (1) 

References: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/p/we-are-not-people-of-color.html

After watching a Deaf white woman with privileges video to belittle Deaf people of color conference couple of days ago, I do not know what to say, more like tying knots in my stomach. This post might be bit long to read—and try my best to unpack my white privileges. When I was a college student at a local community college, I signed up for African American History as part of my degree requirement before transferring to a university. My majors were: English, Liberal Studies, and Sociology.

That day in 2005 when I entered into the classroom to learn and appreciate African American history, I reached a very low moment in my academic experience when the teacher turned out to be a white male and had no experience in teaching this subject. It was a very last minute notice by the History department and I was offended. That was where I decided to withdraw that course on the same day. I felt good about it—that was part of unpacking my white privileges.

Later I became a university student—I signed up for American Indian Literature that was taught by Indigenous professor. I signed up for Jewish Literature that was also taught by Jewish professor. Then I signed up for Advanced Topics in American Literature: The Harlem Renaissance taught by Black professor. If Deaf Studies is taught or run the department by a hearing person, what do you call it? Is that a cultural appropriation? What about disempowerment? Dirty politics will always get in the way.

The whole point is that it is appreciated by what it is called cultural appreciation to learn about another culture with respect and courtesy by their own experience through the trials of oppression. In 2010, I attended National Deaf People of Color Conference: Hands Joined, Signs United, Colors Flying held in Portland, Oregon, it has popped my eyes even more coming from Deaf POC. They were the teachers of stories. I thank them for their experiences.

….What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society. If a society succeed in this, that society is about to perish.” [A Talk to Teachers]

What this means is, if we project that someone fail, they indeed might. But if we encourage and educate them, especially to take the occasional chance and challenge existing knowledge, we could truly advance as a society.

It is about education of People of Color. What I learned all these years not just the courses I took, but all the books I’ve read is that people of color has been stigmatized and never allow a Deaf white people with privileges to challenge Deaf people of color conference’s goals and missions on the basis of gender and race. Did it create an environment of paranoia? They already suffered as a result of extreme prejudice and stereotype.

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This pertains to social problems because there is definitely a large gulf of misunderstanding between POC and whites that seems to pervade society to this day, and that is tragic if we are to share the earth’s resources and live and work together as a human race. When no one asks honest racial questions about it, generations of ignorance and hatred fill the spaces between different races. When we all make an extra effort to understand each other’s experience or at least learn to it, that is progress in filling these racial gaps between people.

If I may make friendly suggestions to read three those books just to start and understand:

Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk

John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me

And two movies to watch: Dear White People: A Satire about Being a Black Face in a White Place and 13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment.

Yes, I have more books to share, but I feel this is good enough for now. It is only beginning—time to unpack white privileges right there. Remember, Hands Joined, Signs United, Colors Flying……Deaf People of Color comes FIRST—and try not to break up the hands, signs, and colors into white privileges. Make a good example.

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-JT

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Sean Spicer Whitewashes Deaf Holocaust Survivors and Victims

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I am still in disgust what Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary said to the world, “Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”—To me, it is a human militarization language as well as whitewashing America. Do you realize that Spicer also used the violence of hate in denial that he confronts Racism, Anti-Semitism, and all kinds of bigotry in any kind of form?

Spicer also insulted all Deaf survivors and victims—hate crimes in Deaf community is one of the world’s most neglect symbols because it identifies the moment at which he creates white-washing and, in effective yet oppressive language, describe the reasons for growing pain for those Deaf people. As you know, Deaf people were the very FIRST people to be killed in a chemical weapon style. Yes, as in gassing people.

The Nazi campaign against the disabled people begun in 1933 with the passage by the Reichstag of the Law for the Prevention of Offspring with hereditary diseases. The conditions were mental illness, retardation, hereditary blindness, and hereditary deafness. 17,000 out of 375,000 people were Deaf people. 28% of 17,000 Deaf people were under the age of 18. Nine percent (9%) were women who were already pregnant. Hitler created an operation called T-4 where he wanted to see disabled people murdered because they were “life unworthy of life” Infants with disabilities were the first victims. (Gilbert, Jean. Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe. Gallaudet Today. September 1998.)

The word ‘forgotten’ itself is not hard to understand, defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “left unoccupied or unused” and it applies to the outbreak of the hate rhetoric. Deaf survivors of Holocaust, however, were united in supporting all the documents of living in society again.

Why do you think there are books such as Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany, Surviving in Silence: A Deaf Boy in the Holocaust: The Harry I. Dunai Story, Deaf People in the Holocaust: The Extraordinary Story, Survival Artist: A Memoir of the Holocaust and other books were written, researched, and archived their painful stories is important to document?

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Are Deaf people viewed as forgotten people? People who committed those actions against Deaf people has not charged with hate crime, wondering if Sean Spicer is ignorant, while most of Deaf survivors and victims are facing the most intense treatment than others, Spicer do not need to mimic Deaf community. After all, Spicer’s knowledge is heavily flawed.

This is a dangerous trend and the White House must not be allowed to let whitewashing get away with this. We cannot have a society that ignores hate crimes in the life’s most vulnerable direction.

Spicer needs to be fired. He does not deserve to be the White House Press Secretary. He failed homework. After all, he is the most uneducated puppet. He needs to visit Holocaust museum–it is like ten minutes drive from White House. Then once he visit the museum maybe he would say, “I need to realize why I am the White House Press Secretary in the first place” and do not JUDGE those survivors and victims!

-JT

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Gallaudet College: The Fence

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Imagine what Gallaudet College would look like shortly after 6 PM on April 4th, 1968. The campus was quiet until the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. got shot. What were the reactions from Gallaudet students that time? What would they wake up from reality the next morning?

Whenever the students set out on the journey as Gallaudetian in April 1968, it pays to prepare for anything that would change their lives. The thoughts would create and wreck in their minds and deal with fear. The ancient Chinese believed words were so powerful that no piece of paper containing written words should ever be destroyed, even when it was no longer of value.

See the fence on Florida Ave? Many people were told that the fence was built because of 1988 Deaf President Now. No, it is not true. It was built because of MLK riots all over city. The world tasted blood and made it symbolic.

Who made the decision to build the fence? The Administration? What about Gallaudet University Administration and Operations Manual (the Bible of campus policies) that remained overlooked?

Is the fence necessary today? Is the fence rooted in racism? Is the fence rooted in xenophobia? I often wonder what Gallaudet University would look without the fence. Can we take it back and make it normal for everybody?

The fence. We do not need FEAR. Imagine without the fence, would we sit together in order to share wisdom and advice with the entire campus? Imagine without the fence, going to Gallaudet the moment you first recognized your own language there.

The campus scene is to be inhabited by two very distinct species. First, before the fence was built, was it youthful, exuberant, natural, and frantically frivolous that they made the scene? Second, the fence oppressed people and rooted in racism, immature, dispirited, unnatural and frantically frightful, the fence dominated the scene, no?

Gallaudet University do not need the fence to open the door to discussion about ASL in higher education, who encourages standing up and signing freely, welcoming intersectionality.

Gallaudet University needs to be bold again. Be an open space.

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-JT

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Another RID Member Makes a Racist Comment

 

A friend of mine sent me a screenshot about this freelance interpreter and is currently on Registry of Interpreters for Deaf (RID) member list makes a RACIST comment towards former President Barack Obama. Do you agree that it is racist or not? Racism is a learned behavior, as we need to be aware of this. We also have a responsibility to stop Racism. We need to speak up and speak out against Racism.

Today we are not content to simply sit back and watch as the world passes us by. We have awareness and ideas, and increasingly, the outlets to express them. Again, we need to speak up and speak out with any subject that practices Racism as long as we have to stop it.

Would RID allow Racism? I do not tolerate Racism, hate speech, hate literature, and hate theme, anti-Semitic, Audism, or any kind form of hatred. The picture below–WARNING: It is very sensitive and offensive. Again, Deaf community do not need to deal with a RID member who practices Racism and represents Deaf community at the same time. By the way, I voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. He was a true scholar compared to Trump.

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Why Not AGBell in the List of Hate Groups?

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[https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch]

There are now reported 21 hate groups in District of Columbia released by Southern Poverty Law Center’s HATEWATCH. The only missing group is Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. How come SPLC did not list AGBell in this group? Well, there are few reasons that I will do my best to write and explain why AGBell should be classified as a hate group. Perhaps SPLC would learn from this for a start and go from there.

First of all, it is a sound-oriented world and SPLC does not really understand what Deaf people had suffered in their lifetime experiencing hate. Bell’s action equaled “Audism” of denying the linguistic minority such as Deaf signers such privileges and societal rights to the use of “natural language” Audism should really a logical term to describe AGBell’s eugenics movement for imposing linguistic and cultural superiority and eradication upon Deaf American signers of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

More appropriate terms are linguistic imperialism or attempt to “linguicide” the sociocultural minority, ex. Deaf signers of the post-Milan Conference period from conveying and expressing their own thoughts in practical and efficient language usage. “Linguicism” could be also an acceptable term to describe AGBell’s misguided ideology of assimilating or centralizing the sociolinguistic minority into the society at large on so-called equal basis.

Deaf Americans and other Deaf people everywhere, could enact the strategic multilingualism policies to ensure the protection and preservation of our beloved and precious language (ASL, LSF, BSL, and many others) from possibility of linguistic extinction/loss and sociocultural genocide or undermine the existence of minority language usage. Deaf people everywhere ought to call for the non-intervention policy to make our natural language of the Deaf to the protected status to the listing of endangered language usage in the United States and other countries.

Beginning with the work of AGBell in the late 19th century, Deaf people have been frequent and prominent targets of the eugenics movement. It is not widely known by the general public that, in addition to his work as an inventor, Bell was also a leading figure in the education of the Deaf in the late 19th and 20th centuries. In order to put this issue into context, it is important to consider AGBell and the educational and social programs he promoted.

As it was indicated, the primary characteristic identifying a member of the Deaf community, as opposed to a hearing-impaired person, is the use of ASL. It is a matter of great importance to members of the Deaf community that AGBell was a leader of the movement to “all-oral” education of the Deaf, in which ASL was banned from the educational process and discouraged in ordinary social intercourse.

AGBell and other oralists seem to have been motivated by two major beliefs. First was a belief in the “progressive” idea that American should have a single “official” language, spoken English, and that everyone should acquire in the same way. Signing was thought to result in the failure to have an adequate command of English, which would condemn the Deaf person to a life of poverty and impaired intellect. The use of ASL in the educational process was felt to impede the development not only of speaking and lip-reading but also reading and writing.

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The second motivation for the oralists was eugenic in nature and had to do with the supposed genetic bases of the state of being Deaf. The reasoning went like this: AGBell, in an influential monograph titled Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Raceasserted that sign language and those residential schools where it was used led to the formation of a separate Deaf community.

He noted, further, that the state of being Deaf is primarily heredity and that if Deaf people congregate and intermarry, the state of being Deaf, seen as a severe disability, will increase in the general population. Both of these lines of reasoning are know known to the without foundation-sign language has never been shown to interfere with the acquisition of spoken English skills, and, as is known to all of you, the state of being Deaf has many causes, generic and nongerietic.

In fact, most Deaf couple have hearing children (Lane, 1999) this can be attributed to a wider social awareness of other cultures in general in the United States. Even though awareness of Deaf culture has been perpetuated, the knowledge of the condition is not wholly agreed on by individuals in the hearing community, as evidenced by the results of the true or false portion of community how they view of Deaf people.

That is one of many reasons why SPLC did not really understand how much pain Deaf community has gone through the series of hatred. One day, AGBell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be recognized as a hate group. Time will come.

-JT

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References:

Lane, Harlan (1992). The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community. Dawn Sign Press. 1999.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memoir-formation-variety-human-race/dp/B000J0OV24

Is VRS the Tip of the Iceberg?