More and more have I been noticing this inclination that being “colorblind” is the thing to be because it means that you do not see color when you interact with others. Yes — this notion of colorblindness may seem cognate to being anti-racist to white people, but to minorities this depletion of acknowledgement of our differences and treatment can be very detrimental. By expressing the fact that you feel you are colorblind you are essentially admitting you are not sentient to the concept of race and why it plays such a crucial role on how people of color are not only seen, but also how they view themselves.
When you say we are all the same, do you really believe that?
Stating that we are all the same does not provide an explanation on why people are treated differently based on their racial makeup. In fact, it instead continues to provide oppression on minorities because it adheres to the notion that there is no privilege or detriment for simply being a particular race. Yes — race is a social construct but that construct has been undeniably damaging to people of color socially, economically, and even mentally. By being colorblind are you acknowledging your white privilege? Are you educating your fellow white people of their white privilege? Is your colorblindness somehow effective in addressing systemic oppression? Until you are able to grasp that there in fact is a problem in how people of color are treated in comparison to whites who are clearly more favorable in our society, I don’t think your stance on being colorblind provides a solution to tackling white supremacy. In fact — I believe it perpetuates it.
What are the actual benefits of being colorblind?
If your reasoning behind not seeing color is because you are open to befriending and dating different races of people, well your reasoning is not benefiting people of color at all. Friendships and relationships are not going to end White Supremacy. Friendships and relationships will simply mask it. We don’t need a mask or a Band-Aid. We need change. We need healing. We want to be able to be care-free just like our white counterparts and not always be conscious of who we are when we are shrouded with anti-blackness and encounter a situation that quickly reminds of who we are just in case we happen to forget. We don’t want nor need colorblindness. We want and need color awareness. Keep this is mind the next to time you think stating you’re colorblind is supposed to mean something.
It means nothing.