Blackness is your problem not mine

Victor Bradley
Nashville, TN

Often the discussion about racism is constructed as a problem with race. As if the problem isn’t with the majority’s racist attitudes, the problem is the existence of minorities. “I don’t see you as Black” translates as “I don’t see you as Black, because if I did, I’d have to either apply my racist attitudes to you or get rid of them altogether.” “I don’t see race” Translates as “Because I can’t deal with the existence of heritages outside of my own, or the perspective that my race gives me, I’m going to ignore a massive part of people’s identities.” The effort to “see through” my Blackness in order to “appreciate my humanity” posits my ancestry and physicality as somehow barriers to being human. This is (White) liberal racism at its worse. I don’t need to be liberated from Blackness, I love Blackness, I carry it with pride, the problem is your effort to either shame and attack me out of it (as much as possible) or guilt yourself into blindness.

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  • jenn

    This is exactly how I’ve felt every time a white person has claimed to be “colorblind.” Thank you for expressing this idea well.

  • personne

    Yeah, wow. I feel like printing copies of this and handing it out to people who try to pull that.

  • ked44

    I have heard “I don’t see you as white” which I found surprising and frustrating….

 

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