“I must plead guilty to the charge that I am deaf and blind … but my blindness does not shut me out from a knowledge of what is happening about me.
Shame on The Nation Magazine for publishing an article that begins this way:
"Unless you’re deaf, dumb and blind, it’s obvious that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s obstreperous president, is running a major covert operation in eastern Ukraine, including the dispatch of a limited number of Russian special forces and support for pro-Russian militias there.”
yeah, i totally agree with my friend’s comment (above) on this Nation article from yesterday. not only is this author totally deluded about the aspirations of the US government and Obama, viz., Ukraine and Eastern Europe (i.e., that the U.S. is somehow actually concerned about the principle of national sovereignty and self-determination and not just driven by inter-imperialist rivalry with Russia). but he is also clearly a total bigot on the topic of disability.
the other question is why in the world the editors of the Nation allowed such an obviously hateful and unnecessary sentiment to appear in their magazine.
Here is how the prolific author and socialist activist Helen Keller once put it:
"I must plead guilty to the charge that I am deaf and blind … but my blindness does not shut me out from a knowledge of what is happening about me. I have visited the sweatshops, factories, crowded slums of New York and Washington. Of course I could not see the squalor; but if I could not see it, I could smell it. With my own hands I could feel pinched, dwarfed children tending their younger brothers and sisters, while their mothers tended machines in nearby factories.
" … Yes, I am blind and deaf too, and I owe all I have, all that I am, to the generosity, kindness, patience, self-sacrifice of others; but I refuse to be regarded as an object of charity. There are none of us so blind as seeing people who will not see. But we whose eyes are closed to the light refuse to be led by those who, having their eyes open, yet see not. The blind person of spirit, whose lot it is to live in a just and intelligent community, stands up, undismayed by his limitations, and says, ‘I am a man … ‘."