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: 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…”