By: Zach Fulwood
You see that first sentence up there? Yea, that sentence right there saying “I don’t see color,” has got to be the most overused sentence in history and even twice as annoying. To my knowledge, dogs don’t speak any of the 6500 languages spoken across the world and unless something has changed, they are the only living creatures that don’t see color. So that means you and every other non blind and non colorblind person out there sees color.
I know, I know, you only say that you don’t see color as a way of meaning you’re not racist and that deep down in your heart, you love everybody regardless of how they look. That’s awesome and I’m glad you feel that way but let’s not act like color doesn’t matter. I mean, it shouldn’t matter but in this society, it most definitely does and pretending like you don’t see a clear distinction between the skin tones of Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o is just ridiculous.
Claiming you don’t see color is not helping the issue of racism, although you probably believe it does. In reality, saying this is only leading people into believing a false narrative that racism no longer exists and that our differences don’t matter. It would be utterly disrespectful of me to look at an Asian person and completely dismiss their cultural identity and ancestry by saying I don’t see them as anything other than a person just so I can feel comfortable. Essentially that’s what you’re saying when you say you don’t see color.
Why should someone have to suppress who they are and what they are for your benefit? Acknowledging a difference in the color of a person is not synonymous with a racist mentality. Racist people are racist because of how they treat people based off of the color of their skin not because they chose to acknowledge a clear distinction in color.
I see color and I’ve never been ashamed to say that I do. The very first thing I notice about a person is the color of their skin but that doesn’t mean I think any more or less of them. Growing up Black in this country has forced me to acknowledge color and that’s honestly not a bad thing. It gives me the opportunity to understand and appreciate cultural differences. Being different doesn’t mean that we aren’t equal and the sooner we realize that, the better.