Sunday, October 07, 2007

Deaf to Sound and Reason?

Abraham Lincoln signed the original charter of Gallaudet College in Washington, DC when the school for the deaf was established in 1864 by an Act of Congress.

A recent incident in which the words "KKK" were scrawled on the body of a deaf Gallaudet student by six white and one black student from a high school situated on the grounds of the college campus.

The attackers range in age from 15 to 19. It's a pretty diverse student body so the incident doesn't seem logical on the surface. Particularly since a black student allegedly took part in the attack.

One doesn't particularly associate incidents of racism with Gallaudet, but that doesn't mean cultural issues don't exist just because the members of the student body are deaf.

The "Tawana Brawley-Sharpton" meter goes up a couple notches though. These were supposedly high school students, so it's possible some kind of fight went bad and the group tried to cover up their involvement by attempting to pass it off as a racist incident. Wouldn't be the first time.

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