Why Saying You’re Colorblind Is Another Affront to POC

I Am Colorblind

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

The Critical Role that the United States Schools’ Plays in Indoctrination & Systematic Racism

Black or White?

I spent a lot of time convincing myself that if I did not react if I did not respond if I remained silent, complacent than I was better then all of them. More evolved.

I was wrong.

My silence was their victory. Their ability to make me believe that I was fighting against the status quo simply because I refused to engage in the conversation; simply because I was raised to think the problem with racism and equity in this country was because we spent too much time talking and not enough time moving forward.

Then I applied that same sort of thinking to something my husband has done to upset me. Whether a wound now that still fester or one that’s eventually scared over, I asked myself if I was ever able to move forward by merely ignoring my feelings. Was I ever okay when my grievances were dismissed without any regard?

The answer to that question, is of course, no.

So I had to ask myself, why is it then that I thought it would be a simple thing for my fellow brothers and sisters to do the same?

I was born in another country, but I … Read More