ColorBlindness Won’t End Racism
“I don’t see color.” “I treat everyone equally. I don’t care if you’re Black, White, Purple, or Blue!” “Race is socially constructed. It’s fake so if we just stop talking about it we can end this madness.”
I encounter sentiments like these often in my teaching, anti-racist practice, and personal life. This clip talks touches on the social construction of race, yet uses examples to highlight the very real impacts that structural racism has on people of color.
“Problems don’t get worse when you talk about them and they don’t magically go away when you ignore them.”
Pretending to not see race reinforces structural racism.
“Colorblindness is actually harmful because it creates a false sense of security for the groups it directly benefits. The people who benefitted from systemic racism can assume that they got the job, or a house, or weren’t suspended from preschool simply because they were more qualified, or just better.
Ignoring race or only acknowledging that it doesn’t exist biologically is not a solution to these systemic issues…”
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW