Leftists fervently complain about how the American History taught in colleges is all the time insufficiently progressive. This week, Time author Olivia Waxman expressed disgust that college students taught about Helen Keller study her childhood, and never her actions as a leftist grownup activist, co-founding the American Civil Liberties Union, in addition to being an early supporter of the NAACP and contraception. She was a member of the Socialist Party and skim her Karl Marx.
Sascha Cohen, who teaches American Studies at Brandeis University, and wrote the 2015 TIME article “Helen Keller’s Forgotten Radicalism”, argues that Keller’s involvement in employees’ rights may help college students perceive the roots of the employees’ rights and inequality points that persist in the present day.
But Amanda Prestigiacomo on the Daily Wire expressed amazement at Keller being dismissed as “just another privileged white person”:
“[T]o some Black disability rights activists, like Anita Cameron, Helen Keller is not radical at all, ‘just another, despite disabilities, privileged white person,’ and yet another example of history telling the story of privileged white Americans,” TIME reported Tuesday.
“Critics of Helen Keller cite her writings that reflected the popularity of now-dated eugenics theories and her friendship with one of the movement’s supporters Alexander Graham Bell,” TIME added. “The American Foundation for the Blind archivist Helen Selsdon says Keller ‘moved away from that position.’”
Conservatives fired again. Mary Vought tweeted: “You’ve got to be kidding me,” stated Mary Vought. “The woke mob is now going after Helen Keller for being white. Never mind the advancements she worked to achieve for those with disabilities.” Donald Trump Jr. replied to Vought: “[T]hey’re now canceling Helen Keller for being white. You can’t make this crap up anymore. You can never be woke enough.” Ted Cruz stated “INSANE.”