This short piece highlights a fuller range of Helen Keller’s life than most of us are exposed to, and knowing her commitment as a socialist is as important as knowing of her other altruistic work.
“Keller railed at her public reputation, which whitewashed her politics out of her activism. She’d be even more furious today, when she — like most historical socialists, like Albert Einstein and Jesus Christ — has had her politics completely expunged from her memory. However you feel about socialism, it is pure revisionism to remember Keller without politics. Keller did what she did because of her socialism, feminism and anti-racist activism.”