Monday, April 6, 2020

[No. 74] Stop Saying That You Are Colorblind Or That You Don’t See Color

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.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This is really fascinating to me! I have always said I don’t see color but I think what I really mean is I don’t see stereotypes. I strive to see people as individuals. I want to know their story, which may include ethnicity – but that is just one part of that person.

  2. This is very interesting, because as myself I’m asian but I was raised in Brazil where cultural mix is high. I think we can see other attributes with color but we can also segregate it. I didn’t like to be called as yellow, sounded that I was different. Which thinking of it now, it is not so bad. I think I just don’t like with the idea that people expect us to be one way, just because our skin color. Thank you for your point of view.

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