Gabrielle Davis Philadelphia, PA I remember being introduced to my friends dad once as her “black friend”, I knew she meant nothing by it but it had made me cringe a bit because I had never even thought about her race that way. I also never realized how racially awkward she was until that moment [...]
My experience Seattle, WA People say “reassuring” discounting things like “I never think of Asians as people of color, you’re like white people with funny eyes.” and operate using stereotypical assumptions believing they are operating “color-blind”. In most workplaces recognition of racial diversity is limited to certain days of celebration and when it makes HR [...]
Anonymous Chadbourne Residential College
Brian Phillips San Jose, CA Could I be that ignorant of the nature of race in this country that I don’t see color? Or perhaps it is a sign of progress. Or maybe I’m just kidding myself and oblivious to my own surroundings.
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 [...]
Lacey Johnson Los Angeles, CA I know that saying you “don’t see color” is a hot trend right now, but I don’t think that many realize how offensive it is to a person of color to hear those words. By saying you don’t see color, you are denying our struggle, our history, and our existence. [...]
Rebecca Sallee Marshall Rou Traverse City, MI It feels that if I acknowledge racism In our society people of color tell me color blindness is the only way to prove I’m not a racist.
Nicola Mrazek Washington, DC
Mark Riding Baltimore, MD
Natalie Voss Lexington, KY
Katelin Hansen Columbus, OH I started college completely ‘post-racial’ and ‘colorblind.’ I remain so thankful for the friends of color who abided with me, answered my ignorant questions, and continue to educate me today. Changed my worldview, and frankly my life’s trajectory.
Robert Williamson Margate, FL I was a white boy born in southwest Florida but left there at 5, came back at 11 in 1970. Had a black friend up north, had no real awareness of race until I came back south. My mother grew up in southeast Florida, she witnessed lynchings and all the racial [...]
Katherine Liu Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan I dislike it when people say that they don’t pay attention to the color of one’s skin, or they’re essentially “color-blind”. There should be no PREJUDICE or DISCRIMINATION toward anyone on the basis of their skin tone, but race creates cultures that have their [...]
Katie Clark Durham, NC Duke University
Jessica Raleigh, NC Not “seeing color” is not offering equality. It is a way to silence our stories and negate the mistreatment. Be willing to accept that we are not on a level playing field. THAT, my friends, is equality.
E. Lapham Nevada City, CA We see in shades of color and meaning. Let’s turn that into a defining asset.
Chris Steuber Charlotte, NC Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Diane Hartman North Tonowanda, NY
Anonymous Winston Salem, NC