Helen Keller and long-time friend, Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1955
A Chinese company is marketing a line of sunglasses called ‘Helen Keller.’ Is this some tasteless product pushing ploy or a subtle dig at the current American political landscape.
The eyewear company, whose motto is: You See The World, The World Sees You, is oblivious to criticism of its product labeling because Helen Keller is a hero in China.
The life of Helen Keller is widely taught in Chinese schools. A company spokesman said the Chinese people admire way she overcame her blindness and the positive mark she left on the world.
Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.
A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled, and was outspoken in her anti-war convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and other radical left causes. So that’s why Keller is well thought of in China, she was a damn communist.
Watch the 30 second video advertising comrade Keller’s sunglasses.