Deaf kids protest school president for being inauthentically deaf

posted at 7:54 pm on May 8, 2006 by Allahpundit

They threw Oreos at Michael Steele for being inauthentically black. What do you throw at someone who’s inauthentically deaf? Headphones?

Tom Wolfe can’t believe he didn’t think of this:

The newly chosen president for the nation’s only liberal arts college for the deaf is drawing protests from faculty and students, some of whom question whether she is “deaf enough” to lead their school.

Last week, Jane K. Fernandes was named to succeed I. King Jordan as president of Gallaudet University. She isn’t scheduled to take over until January, but already the school’s faculty has called a meeting for Monday afternoon to consider for a no-confidence vote against her and students have carried out a weeklong protest…

She was born deaf but grew up speaking, and she didn’t learn American Sign Language until she was 23.

Know how the last guy got the job?

Jordan became the first deaf president to lead the school in 1988. He got the job after student protesters marched to the Capitol demanding a “Deaf President Now” after a hearing president was named.

I’m linking this thing for three reasons. First, it’s the greatest identity-politics story ever, at least until the day special-ed students start protesting their principals for not being retarded enough. Second, it’s red meat for Goldstein and I figure I can get a post out of him by tossing this at him publicly. And third, I’ve got new Photoshops of Jihad Cindy McKinney and an identity-politics post is all the peg I need.

Remember LindaSog’s “Race Card” photoshop? Check this out:


Here’s my favorite, though. I want to sell this t-shirt soooo bad:


But we’d get soooo sued.

Update: The no-confidence vote passes, 93-43. Students have set up a tent city on the campus lawn to protest Fernandes’s appointment.

Update: Goldstein answers the bell: “[T]he poison essentialism that underlies identity politics (and allows for the continuation of social segregation, albeit of a different kind than that of, say, Jim Crow) has stepped up the conditions for “authenticity” to one of degree…”

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Just when you thought you’ve HEARD everything….

And I would love a few of those t-shirts!

IrishEi on May 8, 2006 at 8:51 PM

Unusually quiet on the “inauthentically deaf” topic tonight…

But for the T’s…I’m in for at least 1/2 dozen of them…
-free speach and all- -how bout M’s sponsor over at HA?

shooter on May 8, 2006 at 8:54 PM

Great shirt!

ecamorg on May 8, 2006 at 9:57 PM

Wow, this is such ridiculous news.

Tom Shakely on May 9, 2006 at 1:41 AM

Does this give white students in a predominantly white children and faculty school permission to protest and complain should a non-white become principal yet?

Next up: Blind people* protesting they can’t get drivers’ liscenses.

*True blind people, not the guy who cuts you off. ;)

hadsil on May 9, 2006 at 3:23 AM

Then again, maybe if the principal proves she’s an undocumented worker …

hadsil on May 9, 2006 at 3:24 AM

I think it’s perfectly reasonable for deaf kids to have a deaf kid lead them in college. After all, Chicago kids have had dumb people lead them in high school for years.

By the way, when is the DC grand jury going to hand down an indictment of Ms. Racecard anyway?

I’m waiting…

clyde on May 9, 2006 at 7:40 AM

I would like two size L RaceCard shirts. Where do I send the money? I think it’s cool how you reduced the size of her mouth. Maybe you should put a disclaimer: “50% smaller than actual size”

clyde on May 9, 2006 at 8:20 AM

OMG Allah! I wish I had thought of that!

Where’d ya find it?

LindaSoG on May 14, 2006 at 10:43 AM