Should Chen Guangcheng be described as a “blind activist”?
- for Many media outlets have referred to Chen’s blindness as a key crux of his story — which came to light as the result of a daring escape from house arrest, made even more daring because of his lack of vision. The Economist’s current cover headline goes so far as to call his story “Blind Justice.”
- against Some media outlets, most notably NPR, have avoided the term, saying it’s not key to his story. “His blindness did not give him any particular bravery or insight,” says author Stephen Kuusisto, who has written memoirs about being blind. “It is just a factor in a much larger life.” What do you guys think? source
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