Being Color-Blind is Wrong!

This is a viral video that is becoming popular on the internet. Every one who wants to emanate social justice and civil rights are sharing and re-tweeting this romanticized video of peace and lily-flowers. Some Utopian fantasy land, where humans are cars, and biases aren’t formed.

Let’s start off with the “Pro’s” of being color-blind. The origin of this argument is from a Dr. Martin Luther King speech where he stated:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King

I will get to more of that later, the purpose of this is to let you know where this argument stems from. So, a society of this sort would be free of hatred and every one would get along with no judgement made. A world of this sort would have to contain no religions, to eliminate any possibility of racial superiority or acrimony towards homosexuality. Religion would have to be nearly outlawed. The elimination of one religion would cause other religions to suffer as well. Since the society is without bias, the law would have to be fair. Therefore, all religions would be banished.  This would be a society that couldn’t vote for presidential candidates. The flawed psyche of human biases would be eliminated. A blind verbal and written test would be conducted by a machine that would choose a President, solely off of merits. Private companies would have to be complicit with this new law. The argument for equal pay would be eliminated, because companies would have no voting system, and could only conduct blind interviews to select candidates. A blind verbal and written test would have to be conducted by a machine, that uses scores as an indicator of position choice.There would be no two party political system. Cops could not harass a Black person, or anyone without solid evidence. Without bias, there is no possibility of suspicion. More crimes would have to be solved, than prevented.

So far: No gender discrimination, no racism, no two party system. No religions.The society would overthrow democracy for meritocracy. Sounds good doesn’t it.

Here is the negative:

The color-blind thinking is the same intellect of Whites during the Jim-Crow era. White folks, were not bad or terrible people. They sincerely believed that Black folks were too inferior as a race to participate in politics or attend the same schools. Whites feared that many black people were simply “not ready” to be accepted as full citizens. The pressure of keeping up would be too overwhelming for the Negro. This is what is called “spiritual and intellectual blindness”. Conversely, this is what Martin Luther King Jr. feared moreover than racial hostility:

“This tragic blindness is also found in racial segregation, the not-too-distant cousin of slavery. Some of the most vigorous defenders of segregation are sincere in their beliefs and earnest in their motives. Although some men are segregationists merely for reasons of political expediency and political gain, not all of the resistance to integration is the rear-guard of professional bigots. Some people feel that their attempt to preserve segregation is best for themselves, their children, and their nation. Many are good church people, anchored in the religious faith of their mothers and fathers. . . . What a tragedy! Millions of Negroes have been crucified by conscientious blindness. . . . Jesus was right about those men who crucified him. They knew not what they did. They were inflicted by a terrible blindness”

Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1963), 45–48

MLK stated this over 52 years ago and can be applied to some of the racial blindness that pervades our society today. Especially with the “#AllLivesMatter movement.  The conscientious blindness of the colorblind cult, becomes a ploy  to mitigate or hinder the #blacklivesmatter movement. In other words, overlook all of the racial injustices being committed, and focus solely on the individual. This hypothesis can be further traced back to Booker T. Washington, who believed that a man was responsible for his own decisions. Character could always overcome circumstance.

“Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”

Booker T. Washington

If you are poor, it is ultimately your fault. You should be capable of overcoming any obstacle with surrounding yourself with better company.  Pull up your pants and get a job Black folks. Figure out a way to succeed despite racial disparities.  A colorblind society promotes this type of thinking. The individual is more important than the situation he is in.

I happen to be part of the W.E.B DuBois camp. DuBois, believed that we needed to stand up against racial inequality and address civil injustices, not ignore the wrinkles of the law.

If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.

W.E.B DuBois

We have been indoctrinated by cloudy pictures of motivational quotes, and catchy YouTube videos of poetry. Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey are touted as examples of an equal opportunity country. If Michael Jordan can become a billionaire, why can’t you. These are examples of “Black exceptional-ism” . These are anomalies, which are not fully representative of the entire  African-American group. Injustices still exist in America. To ignore the differences in each other is insidious at best.  A black child who grows up in an inner-city in Baltimore,MD. does not  have the same opportunity as a wealthy kid in Beverly Hills,CA. Real estate is a clear indicator of racial segregation. The higher price of the home, the higher the income, the better ranking of the local schools. Due to earning higher amounts of income, these homeowners actively donate and fund-raise for these schools. With the extra income, the school has perks that poorer schools cannot compete with. While many Blacks have financially earned more, so have Whites. Statistics show that Blacks are still behind Whites:

WealthByRace-avg

WealthByRace-med

This article was intended to show the guileful nature of a color-blind society. I am not intending to invoke a feeling of  White guilt. I am a staunch believer in racial progress. I believe we can accept each other’s singularities, and collectively march towards a better future. What I am not behind is a society that wishes to ignore each others differences, and play pretend while social inequities are in play. We have made some racial progress in America, by overwhelmingly voting for a Black President, twice. We just haven’t made it to a point where we can ignore both the present and past. I am a Black man, you are (your ethnicity), you have a culture or history that you should be proud of. I am proud to be a Black man based on the fact that my ancestors endured true racial monstrosities that dwarfs the issues I face as an African-American man today. My ancestors fought slavery and jim crow laws so I could enjoy a better life. I will never ignore that, and neither should you. Be proud of your family heritage, and what your grandfathers stood for. Be proactive for the next generation of offspring, so they will enjoy a better life also. Don’t ignore history, embrace it and grow.

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36 thoughts on “Being Color-Blind is Wrong!

  1. Great article man! I often struggle to make people understand that, even with all the good intentions, being color-blind today can also lead to be racism-blind. You put it down wonderfully.

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  2. Loved the post. It’s the same kind of thing you hear with things like caste and gender too. The idea of freedom in a neo-liberal society is that the market breaks down oppressive social structures and everyone is a worker(not Black,not a Woman,not a Dalit) and it’s an equal playing field. But all that really happens is you become a Black worker,a Female employee, a Dalit on a payroll ‘allowed’ to enter a White upper-caste/class heterosexual male world. It’s like allowing new runners in a race 10 minutes after it’s already begun and giving yourself a pat on the back for the benevolence.

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  3. Detailed and not at all whiny or accusatory good job. Found my way here from msbukkys (I am a woman and I can) blog and I am glad I did. I am African, Nigerian, and proud to be one. Thank you 😃😉😁😊😄

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      1. Your welcome! Read your post on religion. Typed a whole thesis in reply but fortunately and unfortunately my comment didn’t post. Might still come back to it if I can get up the energy lol

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  4. Accepting people for who they are is not a new concept. But if I was color-blind, I would miss out on the richness of a world filled with different colors. If I was color-blind or gender-blind, I would feel like I was denying all of the struggles and history that have brought us here, to the current day.

    No one likes to be judged by a label, but I’m proud to wear the label of “woman,” just like many black people are proud of wearing that label. However, I’m not so proud of my “white” label.

    I’d just like to point out that I didn’t notice any homeless people or drug addicts in that video — these are the kinds of labels that harm. Still, you can’t deny the wonderful lyrics and graphics — it’s an awesome video. 🙂

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  5. Old white guy here …

    I actually reblogged this after reading your post, before watching the video. With your words in mind the video came across as kind of “sappy”.

    Sure we are all people with 99.x% of common DNA. Sure we are descended from the people who migrated out of Africa. But we are different too. Different cultures, different backgrounds, different social class, different cuisines. I prefer to embrace those differences, embrace that diversity. Respect you for your heritage and learn more about it. We don’t need to become the same. We just need to embrace our differences.

    But embracing doesn’t mean ignoring either. We are more and more becoming a nation and a world that is beyond the “haves” and “have not”s. Where a smaller and smaller group of people have and control the majority of the wealth. Where background and financial class really do matter. Your points are well taken.

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  6. Awesome article, and painkills2 beat me to the punch. The main thing I took away from the video was that “if I was color-blind, I would miss out on the richness of a world filled with different colors,” cultures, histories, experiences, perspectives…the list goes on and on.

    I shouldn’t make decisions and snap judgements based on someone’s color. But it would be a mistake to be outright color-blind. What a sad, boring world we’d live in if we were all the same and had no variety. I may not often be proud of this country (America), but I am proud that it’s finally embracing (or at least beginning to embrace) multiculturalism.

    This was compelling and thought-provoking. Love it.

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  7. Well spoken, Sir.
    While I don’t quite agree that a ‘good’ society is one with no religions (though I am an atheist personally), I agree with most of the rest of what you said (and I have always liked much of DuBois, except for the Talented 10th idea).
    France is very much a ‘no race, no bias, no religion’ etc, nation but French Laicité is not really all it’s cracked up to be, as many point out. In fact, France pretty much illustrates most of what you argue in this post.
    Peace,
    Shira
    18.11.12015 HE

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    1. To ShiraDest,

      I believe the paragraph about “no religion” was hyperbole about all of the changes that would have to be natural progression of a truly “color-blind, gender-blind, history-blind society.”

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    1. Liked the article. I loved the part about race and the stigma placed on blacks, due to racist communist agendas. Yes, you may have sound like a miserly old man, who is telling the young Kids that they don’t understand. However, there is beauty in that. You will appreciate technology in a way that a millennial couldn’t. The importance is that you are at least embracing technology. You aren’t emboldened by antiquated beliefs. Great read. Long read, but worth it.

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      1. Just to clarify, the story about communist agitators was probably fictitious. The commies were the boogeymen of the 50s and 60s. “Why else would the negroes be getting so uppity? Surely they wouldn’t have ideas like equal access, equal pay, and equal rights on their own.”

        The more I learn about Rosa Parks, Dr. King, and everyone else involved in the freedom movement of the 50s and 60s, the more respect and awe I have for them. I wonder if the black children of today really appreciate what they accomplished at the time.

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      2. Miserly old man? … Well maybe in the context of “Why back when I was growing up we didn’t have xyz”, but I don’t feel mentally old at all. Physically … well the body isn’t what it used to be, but I am still a ways from retirement age. Not that I can afford to retire.

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  8. I missed “I meant racist conservative agenda”. OK

    Yeah seriously, I lived through some changes. Say what you will about the Obama presidency, but having grown up in 60s I am so proud that Americans voted for him not once but twice.

    For the record I really like President Obama. I think he is a great statesman and a great man. Any criticism I might have is that is not the back room wheeler dealer we may have needed to get things done. Only time will tell how he is viewed by future historians.

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