Helen Keller – the first deaf-blind person to graduate from college – is impaled by an activist she calls another privileged white lady who learns the hero’s story in America.
Anita Cameron – a black disability activist – was quoted as saying that Keller was “just another disabled, privileged white person” who gets all the glitz of talking about famous disabled people in history without mentioning the achievements of her black counterparts.
Holy shit … they are now canceling Helen Keller because she is white.
You can’t make that crap up anymore. You can never be woken up enough https://t.co/ev6DDOEgyX
– Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 18, 2020 @DonaldJTrumpJr
Anita’s quote was recently included in a quote TIME magazine Piece that analyzes how Helen’s life is taught in schools – which often excludes important chapters of her adult life … where in the eyes of some people she turned out to be quite progressive and “radical” for her day.
Of course, people lowered their teeth into the quote they consider privileged – including some big shots from the right, courtesy of Donald Trump Jr., Mary Vought, Ted Cruz and more … who say the idea of criticizing Keller for being white and achieving what it did is insane.
Woke lefties are now attacking Helen Keller?
As “just another, despite a disability, privileged white person”?
There are many adjectives that can be used to describe the extraordinary Helen Keller.
“Privileged” is not one of them. https://t.co/VxTMJfRRjx
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 18, 2020 @tedcruz
Sen. Cruz writes: “This is madness. Wake up leftists are now attacking Helen Keller? As ‘just another, despite disability, privileged white person’? There are many adjectives that can be used to describe the extraordinary Helen Keller. ‘Privileged’ . is not one of them. “
While the remark on his face might sound a little out there, Anita’s point of view could get lost with some people – and maybe even with DIE ZEIT itself when she noticed critics of Keller’s suggestion that she was flirting with the eugenics movement … almost Associate Anita’s outrage with it.
It sounds like Anita is part of the reason we know about Helen Keller – and how she achieved as much success as she started out – could in large part be because she was white and rich, which went a long way back in the late 19th century and early 20th century. HK’s family had deep connections in the South, and her father was even a Confederate Army captain. And yes, they were friends with the former slave crowd.
Now, Keller is unique because she was the first deaf-blind person to achieve incredible things – but that could also be because she was white. Take Geraldine Lawhorn, for example, who became the first deaf-blind African American woman to graduate from college.
She was born in 1916 and lived during Helen’s lifetime … but was only able to graduate in 1983 at the age of 67. Helen, on the other hand, received it in 1904 at the age of 24. Another notable deafblind POC is haben Girma, who was the first to graduate from Harvard Law School in 2010.
Anita also participated in the 1990 Captiol Crawl which helped spearhead the American with Disabilities Act. In this instance, she realizes that there are unsung black heroes who are overshadowed … who should be part of the convo when we talk about the history of U.S. disability.
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