Another interpretation of blind man's response to black columnist [Letter]

January 09, 2014

It was with dismay that I read the anecdote involving a blind man used by Diane Brown in her opinion article on Megyn Kelly [Jan. 2].  Brown's interpretation of her encounter with the blind man leads me to conclude that Brown may suffer from the same inability to "see" demonstrated by Kelly.

Brown summarizes an incident involving a blind man who provided aid to a group of women requiring auto repair assistance.  When asked about his blindness, the man replied:  "It's OK, at least I'm not black."  Brown quickly concludes that the man is faced with a "bigoted dilemma" and feels sorrow for this bigotry.

Although we will never know, is it not possible that the blind man had gained [through his blindness] at least a small sense of the discrimination suffered by generations of blacks?  Why is having some understanding of the discrimination that others have experienced quickly categorized as bigotry?  Could not his comment have been a truly insightful reflection on his own good fortune [despite blindness] in comparison to a group that he understood had been wronged?

Does having insight on discrimination make one a bigot? Just as Brown suggests about Kelly, I'm not certain how Brown "couldn't see that."

Roger Calvert

Ellicott City

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