‘I don’t see color’ is cringeworthy.

DCIM100MEDIAJasmine Honegan.

Growing up as one of 5 black families in an all white town in CT, ‘ I don’t see color’ was the go to phrase whenever anyone said anything controversial, racist, or condescending. I remember always feeling uncomfortable with the line, it was used as if the inability to see color made the world better. As if not noticing that I was different color was better than noticing that I was different color. ‘Don’t notice that I’m black’ -said no black person. Ever. We live in a very dynamic world, its really important that we are aware of our difference and acknowledge the variety of culture on earth. There is nothing inherently wrong with that. I see the many colors of the world, I currently live in Brazil, which garnered the Olympics and World Cup on the premise that every race exists in Brazil and there is unity between them all. The unity part is not existent, but there are so many colors of people here that walking the streets daily is an overwhelming explosion of beauty. Lets start seeing color and stop discriminating and judging based on color.

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6 Responses to "‘I don’t see color’ is cringeworthy."
  1. Joev001 says:

    I teach in an urban high school in Iowa.  I cringe myself when I hear other teachers use the phrase.  Thanks for sharing; I like the quote “Let’s start seeing color and stop discriminating and judging based on color.”  I strive for that every day in my classroom.  It’s challenging when I see my students doing it themselves.  

  2. Kianna Young says:

    Agreed. It’s like the “out of sight, out of mind” thing, when really all we’ve done is thrown a giant sheet over the elephant in the room, one of many anyways. For me, it isn’t that I don’t see color, it’s “I see your color but I don’t care” because I’m more focused on your personality. Be proud of your race and your identity but at the same time, don’t throw it in everybody’s face, it’s annoying. We should learn to balance our pride and our arrogance, but not hide it. I’m African American and PROUD. No shame in my game. What about you?

  3. Fed Up with BS says:

    “Let’s start seeing color and stop discriminating and judging based on color.” I don’t get it. How can you stop judging based on color if you see it?

    • barry irving says:

      …it’s all about your conditioning. Color itself is a “caste” …culture is more important. Institutional Racism says, “see color and judge from the stereo type”. When people see color and have negative judgement, it is what they LEARNED to see from home and culture. Knowing people rather than depending on divisive media types will give you a different view if you are open to it!..many Fear rather than relate or understand this country’s Racist foundation. Remember, 18 of the first presidents were Slavers…12 while in office, including George Washington who had 800. He was the richest President in US history.

      • Fed Up with BS says:

        You say that culture is more important than color. That undermines the whole argument that we should start seeing color. Also, your argument contains a red herring (18 of the first presidents were slavers, 12 while in office, including George Washington who had 800). People were obviously more racist back then than today.

        • barry irving says:

          …I never said that we should start seeing color…You read my comment…isn’t that obvious?

          …the red herring is your obvious anger and frustration. Racism evolves like all social tendencies where there is a majority, who is indoctrinated with Racist ideas and thinking. Jim Crow Law was shot down after a century and some decades of protest. Still since Mr. Obama’s Presidency, it is acknowledged in America that Racism ( however it appears today ) is as prevalent as ever. Police Racism is the old / new racist killer. Since when does right to shoot to kill trump due process which is a constitutional provision? Police are not judge, jury and executioner. They are out of control and riddled with fears. That cripples their effectiveness.

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