‘Colorblindness’ Is a Form of Racism

blindfolded-people-wallpaperThe following is excerpted from Dr. Monnica Williams’ Psychology Today article entitled, “Colorblind Ideology Is Actually a Form of Racism.”

…Colorblindness is the racial ideology that posits the best way to end discrimination is by treating individuals as equally as possible, without regard to race, culture, or ethnicity.

At its face value, colorblindness seems like a good thing…However, colorblindness alone is not sufficient to heal racial wounds on a national or personal level. It is only a half-measure that in the end operates as a form of racism…

…Colorblindness creates a society that denies the negative racial experiences [of people of color], rejects their cultural heritage, and invalidates their unique perspectives…

…As a person of color, I like who I am, and I don’t want any aspect of that to be unseen or invisible. The need for colorblindness implies there is something shameful about the way God made me and the culture I was born into that we shouldn’t talk about…

…The alternative to colorblindness is multiculturalism, an ideology that acknowledges, highlights, and celebrates ethnoracial differences…It is not afraid to see how others have suffered as a result of racial conflict or differences…

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

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