Chelsea Munoz

Chelsea Munoz:

I think prejudice in itself is a disability,  because it takes focus away from everything else. I was at a program learning how to become more independent.  I was walking around Ruston, Louisiana learning how to use my cane properly. This lady stopped me. Her introduction was, “Why do they have you out here? You’re blind. And you got that other disability.  I explained to her—very nicely—that I was learning how to get around independently and successfully, so I could become more confident. She said, “I don’t know about all that!” And she walked off—stormed off actually. When a sighted person thinks of blindness, they react to themselves being blind. It’s hard for them to realize the beauty in blindness. I’ve always said that empathy gets people far, but sympathy gets people nowhere.