The question of racism/prejudice in Deaf community

Time is flying. Civil rights movements have been historically portrayed to show the lives of all US citizens, however the lesson learned is not to attain well today. The issue with racism is still there to exist among all of us. Nobody did not even pay an attention that racism is within the deaf disability. I speak for all kinds of deaf disability – deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, deaf disabled and deaf with mental issues. This specific issue is well seen to occur at Gallaudet University. Many students including alumni ones raise the concern about this matter however it is not getting well responded within the community of all professors and staffs. The racism with prejudice within the deaf disability is referred to the matter of people of color and international students with culture of internationalism. This kind of community always face clashes, discomfort, no support being shared/received, discriminated and left behind to develop well for their future goals academically/professionally based on true mentorship/leadership. Everything at Gallaudet University is related to prejudice, racism and favoritism. With my true experiences, the anonymous person’s experiences who is an alumni student and other students’ experiences are to reflect in raising this concern via advocacy with civil rights/human rights laws and educational understanding of it at all levels.

   Stepping the foot on the property of Gallaudet University and seeing the campus with all professors, staffs and students using American Sign Language, I said to myself – WOW! A deaf university providing all classes with American Sign Language is totally impressive and it made me feel to be included on equal basis in having the access to all classes plus to communicate easily with the sign language without any frustrations to have. My struggle and my frustration is already gone and the life for me became so easy. Diversity with equality and inclusion is something that has impacted me in a big way. Being myself as internationalist with green card at this time and deaf with hearing mind was not easy to go through in all circumstances where prejudice, racism and favoritism play a huge role. All international students come and go. They come to study at this university as it is the only deaf university in the world being well recognized. The support for academic and professional goal is not to endeavor well. Many internationals would truly love to gain the US experiences via internships. Of course, the immigration laws related to visa is an obstacle to international students however there is no law that says it is not allowed for them to earn US experiences from internships and professional work. In all job fairs as well as at the career center was not in a good favor to provide a good moral support with inclusion and equality for the international students even for students with green card in gaining the opportunities to do internships or professional work outside Gallaudet University. My impact was that I have received the word at career center telling me “to figure it our by yourself and that’s your problem”. Receiving this advice, I was truly speechless in how career center did treat me. The welcome appreciation is gone in a big time. Attending the job fairs for different times, I only see governmental agencies and company firms being presented. Governmental agencies will not be any useful for international students even for students with green card as their requirement for getting an internship/a job is to be US citizen. The company firms are always to show competitive moments however my majors are not entitled for me to do any internships or a work there even though I have a green card. How favoritism with prejudice is being played on the campus of Gallaudet University? Favoritism is viewed at the level of where professors, staffs and students get picked over their favorite meaning of showing that this person is their favorite over other things even though based on being the person’s side for wherever it may be. It is viewed to select people for job positions/clubs to join based on favoritism to support the point at all levels. Prejudice within favoritism is always going to be there as it is about the judgement to use as well as the assumption based on gossiping stories with no truth is to be found. This kind of structural method often is to affect many international students including students of colors. Within all circumstances among students’ life on campus, I have been observant in noticing that every word or every story is played all around with no total privacy. The boundaries to cross in using favoritism and prejudice via judgement and gossiping stories is definitely not defined to support the version of diversity, inclusion and equality. It brings the discomfort-ability, and blockage to regain in a positive way for academic and professional purposes. Witnessing this issue in my time when I used to be student for my BA degree and seeing it to be continued in occurring toward present students even to alumni students, it is shockingly to see Gallaudet University being blind in using that kind of practice without to follow the main cores of diversity, inclusion and equality. 

     What is prevalent at this moment at Gallaudet University with the issue of inequality and racism? Why this university is so not immune to this big matter that is truly impacted in a huge way among all current/alumni students? Scrolling down and seeing the matter via Facebook and discussing with one of them the matter truly have reflected to my mind that it is time for this university to roll over their sleeves and start implementing the true meaning of diversity, equality, inclusion based on civil rights/human rights laws for all professors, staffs, current and alumni students. Speaking of the story being referred to an anonymous alumni student whose experiences were impacted with struggle and oppression due to being deaf black person has therefore raised the flag that people of colors truly matter among the deaf community with the various disabilities. The problematic trend with racism involving the injustices that portray in the erasure of history regarding black lives related with civil rights movement including for those people in calling people of colors with inappropriate words showing the racist mentality and bad references projecting no respect and understanding of how valuable is the civil rights movement for all people of color in everyday life. Everyday, the anonymous alumni student had to survive throughout all academic years with people projecting with racist behavior toward him and toward other people of colors and the way they have treated him for no good purpose he needed to get well served while he was student pursuing with true future opportunities. However, he did call, asked for and tried to advocate with the concern that the racist behavior and the erasure of history for people of colors related with civil rights movement including the biases shall be ceased and provide a visibility of diversity, equality and inclusion for all present/alumni students. Oppression, discrimination, societal barriers, stigma, and biases, injustices with inequality, racism and so on are to be eradicated. My view however is that this university represents for all deaf/deaf-blind, hard of hearing and disabled deaf the equality and the inclusion regarding of total access to all classes being thought in sign language and total breakage of barriers for their future employment. The matter to diversity is missing out and it is not well served within that university. Diversity is vital for everyone including for people of colors on equal footing. 

     Civil rights law and human rights law are the main cores to pinpoint the values, the laws and the rules we all shall live with total respect and equality with inclusion for all within all sectors of employment, education and health care. An example for Cornell University based on policy and initiatives for diversity, inclusion and equality is well recognized with total compliance for Federal and State laws including the civil rights/human rights laws in which it truly brings to have equal education and employment for all with commitment to an educational setting and workplace that is free from discrimination with biases, stigma, oppression and harassment. The main goal for all current/former students, professors and staffs with diverse backgrounds and experiences is to bring great value to education, discovery, creativity, and engagement which is reflected in the history of diversity and inclusion. It is to this point that Gallaudet University shall serve in this exact example with good cause for all deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, disabled deaf and hearing people on the campus. True to my heart, the values enshrined for civil rights law and human rights law for education and workforce setting in all universities is vital to serve the commitment in which is to make for all current/former students, professors and staffs in total equality with inclusion and diversity. Professors and staffs in all settings is thus to be there for all current and former students. All are there to address the issues, to seek a solution for future perseverance, and to represent the commitment to all values enshrined in civil rights law and human rights law. At this point, all shall be referred to Equal Education and Employment Opportunity in which it safeguards the whole point that all are there to receive, to gain and be part of it in getting the equal opportunities at academic and employment level. Time has come and it is the call needed to address with my voice in advocating the concern among all students- current and former, staffs and professors. Goal is to reshape the university serving that exact goal and we all can do it! 

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