Familiar pattern by taking away award. Power? Privileges? Deaf Versus Deaf? Systematic? Institutional? Citizenship?
The case of Amber Guyner reflects some serious discussion about privileges. Will Mav Fisher get the same treatment? Highly unlikely.
Phoenix police pulling a gun on parents of four years old whom “mistook” toy doll from store in Phoenix, Arizona, it was trauma enough of them and I support them in suing them for ten (10) million dollars. The family is people of color. The officers who pulled a gun on them were the majority of white.
You had seen the video of police officers cursing at civilians, with scary tactics and death threats which is totally unnecessary, but this witness video where a police officer by the name of Officer Christopher Meyer, who is way too white yells, “I’m gonna fucking put a cap right in your fucking head.” RIGHT FRONT of their own innocent children.
But the big reason I am writing this because Officer Meyer said to the parents who are very much hearing, “YOU FUCKING DEAF!?” and that is where it draws with line. The point is then why it is OK for police officer to use “DEAF” for? Does it mean that Phoenix police does not have any compassion for Deaf community? Think about Phoenix police’s motto: To Ensure the Safety and Security for Each Person in our Community.
Can we ever think about ensure the safety of Deaf people when police officers say, “YOU FUCKING DEAF!?”—Question the safety of police department itself. What I see that is police brutality and mean-spirited statement.
Let’s turn our thoughts to the oppression and it strikes me that the professionalism and leadership of police department in Phoenix is ideological more than phenomenal rather than generosity. Its ambition is to weaken or oppress Deaf Culture based on hearing privileges.
“DEAF” is very sensitive topic to Deaf community. The police department in Phoenix, Arizona hurts Deaf community badly even if Deaf community did not realize how much it hurts them more than the society understands.
Should Deaf citizens in Arizona accept the fact that the police department have all the power to practice language hegemony, and why Deaf citizens are not aware that in state of Arizona that police officers are currently using hateful language using “YOU FUCKING DEAF!?” that there are to practiced in gain and loss. Our society judges gain to be good and loss to be bad, but mocking DEAF in language and culture—what do you call this? Where is bias training? Is it a hate speech?
YOU FUCKING DYKE!? YOU FUCKING FAGGOT!? YOU FUCKING CHINK!? YOU FUCKING COON!? YOU FUCKING APE!? YOU FUCKING JAP!? YOU FUCKING SPIC!? YOU FUCKING RETARDED!? YOU FUCKING REDSKIN!?
YOU FUCKING DEAF!?
The media, including this Officer Christopher Meyer, has judged the action of using DEAF in spoken language to be bad and ignorant. The law enforcement was supposed to “protect and respect” instead of intimidation and culture of fear. There are plenty of bias in police departments all over country.
The practice of “hate spew”—YOU FUCKING DEAF!?—is a projection from the professional ignorance of their nature that as long as there is bullying language, and it was shameful of Phoenix Police Department for culture of bullying.
How come Arizona Association of the Deaf (AZAD) did not take action quick enough to recognize the bullying language by police department to mock “YOU FUCKING DEAF!?” in spoken English language that is often known for oppression. Is this a good example of police terrorism?
Why are Deaf people continue to be oppressed that police department know enough to use spoken language by encouraging hateful, explicit, bigoted, violent to suppress and sabotage not only Deaf community, but also the Deaf citizens who seeks the safety and security as each person in Phoenix community, how would Deaf community in Arizona deal with that?
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Can White Deaf Community admit that they are racists? Does Racism overwhelm you? Do you see enemies all around? Racism is a lifetime habit that is hard to break and it starts with us.
#GallaudetSolidarity was a powerful event showing that Gallaudet University have serious problem.
There was a quote by a Black student at a historically white university, “Everything, everywhere I look, everywhere I turn, right, left, is white. It’s lily white, it’s painted with white. And it’s funny, because I was reading this article about how America is synonymous with white people. I mean, I’m sure when Europeans, or Asians or Africans for this matter, think of America, they think of white people, because white people are mainstream, white people are general. “White is right,” as my daddy tells me. White is right, at least they think it is. So, if you’re a black person trying to assert yourself, and express your culture, there’s something wrong with you, because to do that is to be diametrically opposed to everything this country stands for. And everything this country stands for is what is white.”
Is Gallaudet a historically white university? Remember, Gallaudet University is a federally funded university through United States Congress, the founding fathers and its documents stand for democracy, liberty, and justice around the world. The United States Congress: Appropriations Committee gives Gallaudet University around $115 million, maybe little more than that—not enough money for awareness. What are the psychological consequences, if any, of an educational government like Gallaudet University and society discrimination against its Black Deaf students? There is not much information on the character and breadth of the discrimination faced by Black Deaf students on the campus.
There are PLENTY of stories that are not told—and that is where the administration is responsible for covering up lies, and do nothing. Ignorance is indeed bliss, as the administration tends to react more in fear than in education when it comes to Racism; however, the primary concern would be liability. Gallaudet does not want to face litigation and public scrutiny and make sure there is restricted access to Racism. On the one hand, certain strategies such as an community accountability or limiting truth access may be the balanced approach, addressing Racism and largely invalidates the concepts of community accountability, creates fear which gives great scrutiny to the Black Deaf students may hinder the efforts at minimizing Racism at great cost.
In a 1989 ABC News/Washington Post survey 37 percent of black respondents agreed that blacks generally face discrimination in getting a quality education. There is no question that Black Deaf students face discrimination in getting a quality education even in 1989 and now in 2015—no doubt. How does higher education influence Black Deaf students’ social and political distrust at Gallaudet? The administration denies access for the “easy way out” and least likely to cause dissention in the ranks. However, in failing to address Racism to begin with, there are a number of bad consequences, including the reputation of a closed-door policy, a rejection of Racism calling to admonish the racists, and the false sense of security of never addressing Racism, which will last only as long as a white racist is caught in the act.
Ultimately, Gallaudet University must make up its own responsibility as to the course of action to take. In the event Gallaudet wishes to develop a “restricted access” plan that is why the administration could not handle truth. In spite of educational laws banning discrimination, Gallaudet University remains bastions of Racism. In the late 1980s a report of the National Commission on Minority Participation in Education and American Life, One Third of a Nation, found a significant decline in black participation in higher education. (American Council on Education and the Education Commission of the States, One-Third of a Nation, Washington: The American Council on Education, 1988).
Given Black Deaf students’ discrimination experiences in almost every aspect of life, even at Gallaudet University, one might wonder why Black Deaf students would even trust at all.
Again, is Gallaudet a historically white university?