Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that people would be judged not by the color of their skin, but on the content of their character. Theodore Taylor explores a similar dream in The Cay. He begins with a main character – an 11-year-old white boy named Phillip – who has bigoted views on race. Once Phillip goes blind, he is forced to depend upon a black West Indian man named Timothy to navigate the world around him. Needless to say, his worldview changes dramatically. Taylor's novel explores race relations by dramatizing an unlikely friendship that rises above racial boundaries.
I [agree/disagree] with the critics who say that Taylor's portrayal of Timothy is racist.
Timothy's literal blindness allows him to become figuratively color-blind.