Why ‘Colorblindness’ Contributes to Racism Instead of Solves It

These 7 examples are from a post by Jon Greenberg on Every Day Feminism in February 2015. Other information quoted here came from a 2011 article in Psychology Today by Monnica T Williams.

What is “Colorblindness”?

On the surface, many statements of colorblindness look like they come from a good place, as if the person is trying to take MLK’s words to heart. “People are just people.” “I don’t see color.” “We’re all just human.” “Character, not color, is what counts with me.” 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.” (Monnica T Williams)

But, colorblindness is an example of being non-racist versus anti-racist. It is a way to avoid the difficult conversation of race. It comes from a place of privilege. Colorblindness has “helped make race into a taboo topic.” (Monnica T Williams)

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