Too often, I hear White people say, “I’m colorblind” or “I don’t see color.” Worse is when they insist they’re doing good by bringing their children into it by saying things like, “I am teaching my children to be colorblind.” or “My children do not see color.” While the good intentions behind those statements are evident, it is actually more offensive than not.
If you’re scratching your head and thinking to yourself, “How can that be offensive”? or “Why is that a bad thing”? let me provide you with some clarity.
When a White person says, “They do not see color” or “Their colorblind,” the translation of those statements and what many POC hear is being different is wrong. I am sure it is not the intended result, but I still hear people say this all the time, and yes, I include POC as well in that group.
The goal for POC, well, at least for me, I cannot speak for others, is to applaud and lift up our differences. I do not want my children OR the children they play with to believe that being different is bad. Ultimately, I want my children to embrace the difference of … Read More