Color blind…more than a dream?

Michael H
Chicago, IL

I grew up listening to Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy talk about their dream of a society that one day would be “color blind”. Forty years later, I feel like we’re as far as ever from that goal. In fact, I suspect most Americans would prefer to perpetuate the distinctions drawn by color rather than erase them. Maybe it gives us something to cling to…an identity we can rally around and fight for. At whatever cost. There’s certainly been progress over the years in the civil rights struggle, but there’s also been a lot of deep trenches dug on both sides…on all sides. The battle is more complex that ever before, but never more fierce. Slavery remains the original sin of this country and the issue of race will be with us as long as this nation lives and breathes.

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17 Responses to "Color blind…more than a dream?"
  1. Gloria Farmer says:

    I enjoyed reading your post. I think you may have made an important point about the fact that perhaps racism is perpetuated by society’s need to define part of their identify by their race. I had thought about racism as an external thing, that one person shows racism against another. Your post made me stop to think about the possibility that individuals might be helping to keep racism alive by thinking of themselves as different, or part of a sub-group of society.

  2. Kayla says:

    Wow, very well said. Its sad to say but racism will forever live on, people will be judged by their skin tone until the end of time. Racism is bigger than us as human beings because no one person can make a world full of people who’ve been fed stereotypes for as long as humanity has existed change their views on race and identity.

  3. Expressions says:

    I totally agree with the statement that the struggle with race has come a long way, but there is still so much more work that needs to be done. I feel that racism will always remain, but the agressive force behind it will get weaker and weaker. Racism is not so much of a struggle in my opinion, I look at it as another way that unity is being pushed. Sometimes I look at racism not only being a form of hatred, but a form of jealousy. It’s a way that love and hate is demonstrated at the same time.

  4. Kebo says:

    I totally agree with you that we have a long way way to go and that we are far from the dream. However I disagree with you that racism will exist as long as this nation lives and breathes. I believe people can change and that we should all remain hopeful. Nothing is absolute except God. I have faith that there will be a day that this nation will be without racism. Do I think anytime soon? Heck no! But for years to come? yes I do. Have faith my friends.

  5. Jalisa says:

    I agree that America has progessed since the Civil Rights struggle, but there will never be a time where racism is completely eliminated and we can’t expect that.

  6. Dariel says:

    I wonder what race was the person who posted this race card? Because color makes us different and beautiful

  7. Anthony White says:

    color shouldnt matter and its ashame society doesnt see it that way

  8. Loretta says:

    I don’t agree with you because there’s a lot of people over the years who realized that they have their own mind and treats everyone the same. Now and days you see different races hanging out together and that’s a beautiful thing.

  9. JacaraB says:

    Racsim isn’t shown much but it will never be forgotten or distinct

  10. Destiny Thomas says:

    I agree with you, I feel as if racism and slavery will always be alive in America in some way, shape, or form. Simply because, when people have a strong mindset, its hard to pull them away from that. They might not learn whats right and therefor pass down there knowdlege to children and farther down the generation.

  11. Daisha Pryor says:

    I agree you , simply because as stated I believe that no matter ho much people argue that slavery is over it definitely is not. Yes , wehave made a huge amount of poces and everybody wuld like to believe that we all are equal but in reality we aren’t all equal. There are still some that ar treated better than others but I don’t undestand this because in a sense we are but at the same timewe are not bu I feel if those of us who aren’t treated equally would wake up and realize that a change could be made. I’m not saying e should begin to over do it however but just as Dr.King did we should try changing things in a nice and slow, nonviolent, and reasonable way.

  12. Aaron Miller says:

    I disagree, If you really put your mind to something and pray that God helps you with it, anything is possible…

  13. patrick m. carney says:

    This was great. I believe what he meant by color blind is a metaphor used top show how people should look pass someones color

  14. Chrissy says:

    I agree, I always described race in different ways but being colorblind is one amazing definition of what it is. It supports everything you could say about race.

  15. Derek says:

    Its a dream that will never be achieved

  16. cameelah Smith says:

    This reminds me of the I have a dream speech when he says whites and blacks can be together.

  17. guest says:

    I just learned that Bobby Kennedy, as the Attorney General, authorized wiretapping of MLK and his friends.

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