Essay on Power of Discrimination Exposed in Call It Blindness

888 Words 4 Pages
Power of Discrimination Exposed in Call It Blindness


The fear of the unknown causes people to inflict pain and hatred rather than try to understand. They discriminate or prejudge others on the basis of their ethnicity, race, sex or handicap. This treatment often results in victims being ostracized from society. It is assumed that such hardship can make people bitter and full of resentment. However, Georgina Kleege disproves this in her essay "Call It Blindness." She shows that her personal struggle against discrimination has made her better, because it pushes her to open people's narrow-minded views, break down societal stereotypes, and inspire those with similar challenges.



As a handicap, there are extra
…show more content…
To change the view of a majority is a great task but only would such a strong individual, who has gone through a struggle with blindness, be on the path to doing so.



Stereotypical images give people justification to mistreat and harass people like Kleege. However, Kleege realizes that stereotypes and labels do not define her as a person. They are inaccurate descriptions that are at most a mere fraction of her being. Her constant recognition to others of her disability she feels is "an irrelevant fact they did not need to know about me, like my religion or political affiliation" (391). Just because a person is blind does not remove him/her from sadness, happiness, talent or dreams. Kleege exemplifies this perfectly by showing that she can live a normal life even with a handicap. By being a successful teacher, she alone has helped destroy the negative perception that disabled people cannot have careers. Even when students doubt her abilities as a teacher and dropped out of class, Kleege is unphased. She presses on, teaching those who are willing to learn from someone who has more to offer than a disability, so she can in part "dispel possible confusion or discomfort" (390). In addition, both Kleege and her husband have shown that it is possible to accept, respect and love each other without much regard to their differences. By refusing to accept the label that society has given her, Kleege…