Star Member BainsBane (13,970 posts)

Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism
Interesting article and it's worth reading the whole thing. I chose four paragraphs that get at the crux of the argument. It shows the idea that we can do away with racism by ignoring it is false.

What is racial colorblindness?

Racial issues are often uncomfortable to discuss and rife with stress and controversy. Many ideas have been advanced to address this sore spot in the American psyche. Currently, the most pervasive approach is known as colorblindness. 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.
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Racism? Strong words, yes, but let's look the issue straight in its partially unseeing eye. 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.

Let's break it down into simple terms: Color-Blind = "People of color — we don't see you (at least not that bad ‘colored' part)." As a person of color, I like who I am, and I don't want any aspect of that to be unseen or invisible. The need for colorblindness implies there is something shameful about the way God made me and the culture I was born into that we shouldn't talk about. Thus, colorblindness has helped make race into a taboo topic that polite people cannot openly discuss. And if you can't talk about it, you can't understand it, much less fix the racial problems that plague our society. . . .

The alternative to colorblindness is multiculturalism, an ideology that acknowledges, highlights, and celebrates ethnoracial differences. It recognizes that each tradition has something valuable to offer. It is not afraid to see how others have suffered as a result of racial conflict or differences.
So you are "racist" if you think people with a different skin color than yours-especially if it is darker-are different than you are or you treat them differently. And you are racist if you don't see differences in people who have different skin tones than you do and you treat them the same as everyone else.

It sounds to me like black and liberal white have an investment in calling conservatives "racist" and they want to justify calling them racist for ANY belief or behavior.
Deep13 (37,782 posts)
3. It serves to reinforce the status quo. nt
nomorenomore08 (4,949 posts)
5. Exactly. That is the entire problem with "color-blindness" in a nutshell.

If we don't acknowledge what's wrong with the world, how will we ever be able to do anything about it?
In other words, whites are "racist" and if people are color blind
and treat everyone with dignity and respect then we aren't acknowledging the racism because they just know that people are "racist" with all those "code words" and all.
Star Member LostOne4Ever (763 posts)
11. Colorblindness is a philosophy grounded in naive optimism for an America that does not exist

It (Color-blindness) is as fair to minorities as a healthy person having a foot race against a person with a broken leg. Color blindness only works if we were all working from a starting point of equality which the centuries of slavery and racism has prevented.

People who advocate color blindness are ignoring the systematic and pervasive amount of bigotry in our society that gives minorities far more hurdles to overcome. They are ignoring the poverty that racism has forced on many minorities. It is doctrine ground in ignoring the realities facing our country and pretending that the world is a perfect place where all people are treated fairly and justly.

It perfectly epitomizes the delusion and willful ignorance of the libertarian right
In other words, "it's racist if you don't treat others differently based on the years of racism they have endured". That goes back to affirmative action and special privileges that are the cornerstone of the liberal platform.