Amandilo Cuzan Chicago, IL Knowledge is power. Beyond the emotion we all benefit from studying the real history of race in America and the world. Too often we shy away from the realities of the European slave economy, Reconstruction, Eugenics, Jim Crow, and the current Prison-Industrial-Complex. Blind is blind no matter how you look at [...]
Frances Coronel Norfolk, VA It’ll all be different.
Andrea Franklin Savannah, GA Claiming to not see race too often results in also claiming not to see racism, discrimination, violence, and oppression.
Cynthia McCullough Port Orchard, WA Race studies student. Americans seem to think that being colorblind is a solution when in fact it is a tool to maintain White supremacy. The colorblind mentality is the denial of the history of people of color and supports the institutional racism deeply embedded in American culture as many can [...]
V. Anne Spence Powhatan, VA Would I have been called a “N****” if my skin were white”? Growing up in El Barrio and the Bronx in New York City was I called the “N” word by a redheaded transit cop at 12. The last incident occurred in a store in here Virginia. I was in [...]
Gayle H Swift Palm City, FL It is essential that we become color-respectful instead of color blind. As we value all colors of the human rainbow, we are all elevated in mutual respect.
Anonymous Orangeburg, SC 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 [...]
Jessica Cedillo Monterey, CA
Kci Burnes Spokane, WA At one time I was homeless and the only person who comforted this white girl at a shelter was a lovely black girl in a predominantly white part of the country.
Veronica Gonzalez Eugene, OR
Kelsey Hamm Boone, NC Our world has recently adapted to the idea of colorblindness, or the concept that race doesn’t matter. However, to look at two people and disregard their race actually perpetuates racism. The color of your skin, as well as your ethnicity, will at least partially determine the experience you have in America. [...]
Chandra Craven Boston, MA As a future mother of a biracial child and as black America I get insulted when someone says they don’t see my color. Unless you’re legally blind, my race is an attribute (like hair and eye color) but it is also my heritage and has helped to build parts of my [...]
Robert Dokes Beverly, MA Maybe it’s the way I present myself, but sometimes people forget that I’m Black. It’s not they are colorblind it’s just they’ve got so comfortable with me being around that people feel they can say anything around me and believe it’s okay
TAB Memphis, TN My God is not colorblind!
Rosna Delucca Pompano Beach, FL Growing up on a small island, I was colorblind. I didn’t know that one day the color of my skin will make me feel uncomfortable in America.
Steven Shimberg Washington, DC I envy our kids who seem to be colorblind and take diversity for granted. Having grown up in the 50′s and 60′s, I regret that my ability to understand fully, appreciate and relate to some of my friends’ life experiences is limited. Divides based on socio-economics are significant but divides based [...]
Marilyn Wann San Francisco, CA Thanks!
Laura Kosteva Ann Arbor, MI
Robert Templeton, Kyleigh Glasper Colorado Spring, CO I have a multicultural family, but I just see them as family.
Alec Malstrom Ann Arbor, MI I chose these words based on an interaction I had with a close friend who believed social justice work isn’t necessary anymore because racism doesn’t exist in our society. I was so taken aback that I didn’t even know how to respond to him. As I come to think about [...]
Maddy Boylen Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan Society keeps trying to move forward as a whole unit of colorblind people, however, continually talking about stereotyping and problems between races does not help. It only brings to light these problems and makes the seem more “normal.” We need to find solutions instead [...]
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 [...]
B Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project – University of Michigan It’s just another way of saying you’re racist. (What does it say about you, that you have to deliberately ignore an intrinsic part of my identity in order to see me as a human being?)
Kirsten Gustavson San Francisco, CA
Shanita Nelson Fort Wayne, IN I hate when people say they are colorblind…because then they are ignoring pieces of everyone. Please notice me is what I say when I hear those words. I am black, I am a teacher, I am a wife…do not ignore any parts of who I am!!!
Shannon McKenzie Ortonville, MI
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.
Melinda Bennington Sacramento, Maryland and California After a lifetime of colorblind talk, my beloved Dad gasped when I brought home a black man. We were both surprised. The walk can be harder than the talk.
John Fisher-Smith Ashland, OR