Blinded By Sight

On February 10, MoFo’s San Francisco office welcomed Dr. Osagie Obasogie as part of our firmwide celebration of Black History Month.

Dr. Obasogie is a professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society and has a joint appointment with the University of California, San Francisco Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Obasogie’s presentation drew on the research that went into his award-winning book, Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind.

In his study, Dr. Obasogie found that the understanding of race held by blind individuals is not significantly different from sighted individuals. The blind community obtains its understanding of race from social interactions, which suggests that race is more than what is visually observed.

During his presentation, Dr. Obasogie focused on three questions:

  1. Is race a primarily visual experience?
  2. What is the social impact of colorblindness?
  3. Do blind people have a diminished understanding of race?

Dr. Osagie Obasogie, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

Dr. Osagie Obasogie with Morrison & Foerster’s Mary Whitten, Tamara Okyere, and Eric Tate.