Raising Color Blind Kids And Why I Wouldn’t Dare {De Su Mama}

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Raising Color Blind Kids And Why I Wouldn’t Dare

In college I took a year-long Multicultural Mediation course that met on Saturdays and required an overnight camping trip in order to earn a passing grade. Going to school every Saturday is a testament to any college student’s dedication, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Among the most life altering realizations I gained from that class was that I would never subscribe to the racial ideology of color blindness. The idea of being “color blind” is based on the premise that all people should be judged equally, regardless of color of skin. Not such a bad idea, theoretically. Akin to MLK’s message to judge people on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, I don’t think he ever meant to make a person’s skin color obsolete.

To be blind is to physically not see. To be color blind is to see the world void of color, or lesser hues of them. So if you have healthy eyesight yet still refuse to see the color in these beautiful little girls, it would be difficult for me to believe you. I’d maybe even call you a bit ignorant. Seems harsh? Perhaps. But I’d rather be ignorant than racist, like this article {Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism by Monica Williams, Ph.D.} would label one as.

To a certain extent, I agree with the above article. Actually, I completely agree. The idea of ending discrimination by removing the discourse on skin color hinders our end goal by creating a shield of ethical superiority. And, I don’t believe it. I just can’t believe that anyone is walking this earth without viewing and assessing and generalizing the world around them. I certainly don’t believe that because you refuse to acknowledge skin color, you are ethically void of discrimination. It’s when language, thought and action turns hateful, ignorant and with nasty airs of superiority that generalizations turn into discrimination and racism. Or even worse, like the aftermath we are watching unfold in the trial of a crazy man who killed an unarmed kid because he was walking down the wrong street with a hoodie over his head {because, Trayvon wasn’t murdered because he was black, right?} the practical implementation of color blindness is an utter farce. For those of us who can’t choose when skin color is relevant to the discourse of our lives, color blindness is worse than a joke — its dangerous.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hello,

    We are intentionally created African, European or Asian. Celebrate your uniqueness. Even twins have their own finger prints and odor prints.

    Life is short, why waste it by not living well?

    — Michele Jackson

  2. says

    This idea of raising 'color blind' kids is a sham. All you're really doing is raising naive unworldly prey for others to destroy when nice they come in to contact with the racist.

    The only people who seem to believe in this notion are naive brown people.