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Hate is easy. Love takes courage. Frame the problem: the tiding rise of hate crimes. We need to continue and be vigilant. 

After doing extensive research, I found there are seven universities in Washington, D.C. It does not matter, a large or small size university. Hate crime statistics for 2017 on university campuses revealing disturbing statistics. 

Ten! 1,800 students at Gallaudet University—a small university. Comparing to six other universities. The hate crime statistics would be 0, 0, 0, 1, 3, except… Georgetown University. 15. For 18,000-20,000 students—large university. Look at Gallaudet University. 1,800 students. Hate Crime: 10.

So, that means Gallaudet University, the world’s only Deaf university is number one in hate crimes for the student population. Interesting. No one discusses this. No one. How many hate crimes, for example, how high a hate crime rate does it take to constitute a problem, much less an epidemic? Should we regard hate crimes as an indicator of something other than the small number of students who are bigots on the Gallaudet University campus? 

After the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016, hate crimes in 2017, 2018, 2019 had spiked all over America. The reporting system at Gallaudet University is viewed as a major problem, even by its lack of awareness about hate crimes. 

Collecting figures on their total numbers prove the alarming increase in hatred even in the Deaf community. The problem is so pervasive even with the “accurate” data, it is alarming enough. 

James B. Jacobs and Kimberly Potter, co-authors for a book, ‘Hate Crimes: Criminal Law and Identity Politics’ makes a strong point: “Ought we to infer from such incidents that there is a campus hate crime epidemic or a campus atmosphere boiling with hatred?” 

To be responsive to the presence of hate crimes on the Gallaudet campus, effective awareness is important, at least in the short term. Wherever possible, we need more awareness that help vulnerable groups without being targeted. We the Deaf are being not only targeted but also targeted about. And even worse, we are being exploited. We should hold those people who violated hate crimes for their ignorance and culture of fear. Are we receiving a lack of awareness about hate crimes from Gallaudet University till whatever it is? 

After all, what kind of a form of punishment at Gallaudet University where someone experienced a hate crime is unjustifiable for whatever the reason is? Addressing this social problem is critical even for the future tense in the Gallaudet community. 

Important. Workshop. I have plenty of experience by giving lectures about hate crimes around America. Reporting. Learning. Last October 2018. I gave a lecture where a good number of Deaf people showed up by learning how to report system, resist against hate. 

For example, “You are invited to an evening lecture that examines the crisis of unreported hate crimes in the Deaf community and how hate crimes are manifested through bigotry and oppression. The question this lecture aims to answer is, “How do Deaf individuals experience hate crime? And explains three general areas: why, what, and how to uproot hate crime. Important connections will be examined, and recommendations for setting up an appropriate reporting system for hate crimes against Deaf people as they occur.” 

Good attendance. Positive experience. I feel it is important to learn more about this. I have 13 years studying hate crime as the only Deaf lecturer about hate crimes in the Deaf community. I would be more than happy to educate and be empowered. Please contact me should you be interested. 

Jason “JT” Tozier, founder of ASL HATE CRIME CHANNEL

Lecture request: aslhatecrimechannel@gmail.com

Info: jasontozier.net 

Hate is Easy. Love Takes Courage. 

-JT

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