Why is it that removing race makes white people feel so comfortable.
You should be insulted that your racism is so deep you need to remove a person’s heritage to see them as a person. You need to change the context of events just to understand them. How do you have the nerve to call yourself enlightened when in order to see the picture you have to blur the whole image.
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if you think black women wearing their hair natural is unprofessional you are racist.
if a white woman worked in a store with hair she hadnt brushed and called it her “natural” hair it would still be unprofessional.
A black woman’s natural hair is of the same quality as a white woman’s unkempt hair.
watching how ppl are talking shit about sam pepper (which they should be) but have no words about those “in the hood pranks”
a white person will grip the hell out they $15 walmart purse when they walk past u but ur $200 sneakers that YOU busted ur ass for are just shoes n when they purposely step on them ur a violent humorless materialistic negro animal for getting angry
I'm not trying to offend you, I'm sorry. I guess it's just me but I don't care for race, people are people
You don’t get to say that. You don’t get to say “people are people” when Black people are intentionally being killed for being Black— people clearly aren’t people. People aren’t “people” when a white felon can more easily get a job than a Black person who has never committed a crime. You don’t get to pretend you live in an alternate reality in which the construct of race doesn’t exist because it does. It doesn’t help anyone for you to pretend that race doesn’t exist and “people are just people”. Psychologists link that thinking to people being racists because it shows that you’d rather ignore reality than realize that people are oppressed for their races and it shows you don’t know how to empathize.
- Jane Elliot anti-racism educator talking about why colorblindness is invalid with Oprah
- "Colorblindness" in particular has been associated with higher levels of racism and lower levels of empathy. — 11. Neville, H. A., Lilly, R. L., Duran, G., Lee, R. M., & Browne, L. (2000). Construction and initial validation of the Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale (CoBRAS). Journal of Counseling Psychology, 47, 59–70. 12. Burkard, A. W., & Knox, S. (2004). Effect of therapist color-blindness on empathy and attributions in cross-cultural counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 51, 387–397.
- GradientLair’s essays on why colorblindness is invalid and recognizing race and understanding racism is vital
- Unfortunately, not paying attention to race and gender does not make gender-race inequalities go away, precisely because these inequalities are institutionalized and not just ideas in people’s heads — Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Chapter 1: The Social Construction and Institutionalization of Gender and Race in Revisioning Gender
- In a colorblind society, White people, who are unlikely to experience disadvantages due to race, can effectively ignore racism in American life, justify the current social order, and feel more comfortable with their relatively privileged standing in society (Fryberg, 2010). Most minorities, however, who regularly encounter difficulties due to race, experience colorblind ideologies quite differently. Colorblindness creates a society that denies their negative racial experiences, rejects their cultural heritage, and invalidates their unique perspectives. — Monica Williams, Ph.D for Psychology Today, “Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism
I used to think color blindness was a good goal too.
What convinced me was something apparently quite shallow - the consistent attacking of natural black hair. The army insisting black women have only expensive hairstyles that require routine salon visits is bad enough - but it also happens in schools. It happens in grade schools.
The argument used is “the rules are the same for everyone.”
THAT is applying “color blindness” and it shows very clearly that what many people mean by it is pulling everyone towards whiteness.
And being color blind is also to deny the amazing contributions African-American people have made to American culture, ones that are often co-opted by whites without thought (or sometimes knowledge) of their origins.
For example, very few people know…I know I didn’t until recently…that the southern staple vegetable okra is not an American plant. It’s an African plant. It was brought over by slaves and planted in their own gardens, then white people tried it and liked it.
Obviously, acknowledging differences isn’t an excuse to treat people unfairly, but how about appreciating them once in a while? How about acknowledging the value and beauty of other people’s cultures and heritage?
Oh, and I just love how “color blind casting” always means casting a white person to play a non-white character. Or at least, that’s always when the term is trotted out.
Value, appreciate, try your best to understand and heck, yeah, try to treat people fairly. But don’t erase - and really this is another term for erasure.
Y’all turned your genocidal acts into federal holidays, but Black people have a violent culture.
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