I’ve heard people say “I am colorblind” when the topic of racism arises. I know what they mean to say… “they” meaning white people like me… mean to say they love all races equally. I may have even said it before myself. But I’ve come to understand why it’s not helpful. Furthermore, why the concept is harmful.
I hope I am NEVER colorblind. I love color too much.
Wouldn’t it be better to recognize and see the beauty all of us have to offer the world. Why be blind to something that makes us, all of us, beautiful?
To be colorblind is to ignore the issues that need attending to. You have to RECOGNIZE and see the colors in order to understand the fight. Because the truth is…. society isn’t colorblind. It never will be. And racism is something we really should be fighting against everyday.
The first step in fixing any problem in our society is to recognize the problem, ask ourselves how we can be part of the solution, and then verify with those being harmed if it’s indeed a good solution.
The problem isn’t the colors it’s the way we see the colors. That’s something we can work with.
This post is me acknowledging that saying we are “colorblind” as a response to racism isn’t the answer. Seeing color and recognizing how color enhances the beauty of a person… that’s what I think would be more helpful.
Just my two cents.