I’ve heard two phrases a lot lately. The first one is, “I don’t see color” and the second one is, “I am colorblind.” I want, in love, to make sure people know neither is appropriate. I get the heart behind it. Believe me, I do. You’re trying to say that color doesn’t define a person (which is good!). But then that statement also says you don’t see a significant part of someone’s identity. Genuinely, I want you to see my color. I want you to see me the way God designed me. I want you to acknowledge the history, present stories, and future challenges that come with that color.
Throwing a blanket, “I’m colorblind when it comes to people” concludes in zero conversations happening. And these conversations are what we need to change stereotypes, pre-made judgments, hesitation, or ignorance. Color is one of many attributes that make people who they are, but a 100% focus of it or 100% ignorance of it aren’t the way to go about loving & understanding people. So, the next time you hear someone say, “We don’t see color…” maybe think of a gentle way to tell them, you should.