Helen keller – the first deafblind person to graduate from college – is skewered by an activist who calls her yet another privileged white lady who understands the hero’s story in America.
Anita cameron – a black disability rights activist – was quoted as calling Keller “just another privileged white person, despite disabilities” who shines when she talks about famous people with disabilities in history, not to mention the accomplishments of its black counterparts.
Holy shit … they’re now canceling Helen Keller because she’s white.
Anita’s quote was included in a recent Time magazine piece analyzing how Helen’s life is taught in schools – which often excludes crucial chapters of her adult life … in which she has proven to be, in the eyes of some, to be quite progressive and ” radical “for its time.
Of course, people have bit their teeth into the quote calling it privileged – including several big hits from the right, courtesy of Donald Trump Jr., Marie vought, Ted cruz and more … who say the idea of criticizing Keller for being white and doing what she’s done is crazy.
This is insane.
The awakened left-handers are now attacking Helen Keller ??
As “just another, despite disabilities, a privileged white”? ?
There are many adjectives to describe the extraordinary Helen Keller.
Senator Cruz writes: “It’s INSANE. The awakened left-handers are now attacking Helen Keller ?? As “just another privileged white person, despite disabilities”? There are many adjectives one can use to describe the extraordinary Helen Keller. is not one of them. “
While the remark on her face might seem a bit there, Anita’s point might be lost on some people – and maybe even on TIME himself, as he went on to note Keller’s criticisms of pointing out that ‘she had flirted with the eugenics movement… almost linking Anita’s outrage to that.
Looks like Anita feels like one of the reasons we know Helen Keller – and how she was successful as much as she did in the beginning – could be largely due to the fact that she was white and wealthy, which dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. HK’s family had strong ties to the South and her father was even a captain in the Confederate Army. And yes, they were pals with the old slave mob.
Now Keller is unique because she was the first deafblind person to do amazing things – but it could also be because she was white. Take, for example, Geraldine Lawhorn, who was the first deafblind African American to graduate from college.
She was born in 1916 and was alive while Helen was alive … but only graduated in 1983 at age 67. Helen, on the other hand, got it at age 24 in 1904. Another deafblind POC of note is Haben Girma, who was the first graduate of Harvard Law School in 2010.
Anita also participated in the 1990 Captiol Crawl, which helped lead the American with Disabilities Act. In this case, she notes that there are unsung black heroes who are eclipsed… who should be part of the conversation as we discuss the history of disability in America.