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Not seeing color is idealistic

by William T. Robinson, Jr
William T. Robinson, Jr.

There are some who ardently argue that they don’t see color when they view people. The concept of not seeing color and treating people equally is beautiful but unrealistic as it stands today in our society. It is nice to know that some people’s reality or experiences governing their thoughts and actions may appear unflawed, perhaps because of living conditions, status, and privileges others may have been deprived of. Often people who are blessed with much are blind or unaware of the conditions of those with less. It is easy to say you don’t see color when you are a recipient of privileges, benefits, and rights that you may take for granted—not knowing that is not the case for everyone.

I wish everyone could grow up happily in good neighborhoods, go to quality schools, go on vacations, come from economically secure households, and be judged and treated equally. The truth is a disproportional number of African Americans and other people of color are not afforded the same privileges and benefits as their White counterparts. If the economic playing field was more level, perhaps more people could relate to being ‘color blind.’ The truth is we all belong to one race which can be traced to Africa, with Africa being the cradle or birthplace of civilization. Color or race has been used as a divisive manmade construct by the powers that be to control and subjugate the masses.

Many people have confused race with ‘group ethnicity’ that identifies groups by their culture, beliefs, traditions, and some of their physical characteristics. Identifying with your ‘ethnic group’ should be something you should be proud of and share with the world. ‘Group ethnicity’ makes up the tapestry of mankind. Our cultural differences should make us unique and respectful of others, because everyone brings something to the table. If we lived in a perfect world, identifying others by their color wouldn’t be seen as offensive or disrespectful. It has negative connotations only if you associate one’s character with their color.

I am not offended because I am proud of being an African American, with ‘colors’ coming in a myriad of hues. Blacks, especially African Americans, are an asset to the world. The contributions and achievements of African American speak for themselves. Maybe if everyone in this country knew of our greatness, seeing ‘Black’ would not be seen as being disrespectful or offensive.

Realistically, how can you describe anyone without making reference to their color? Unfortunately, we live in a world where too often one’s color or race is weaponized. Race as it refers to color, is often used as a divisive tool, attributing negative and derogatory characteristics to some groups. We are often looked at in a negative light because of how the media depicts African Americans. Sad as it may be, some Blacks have played a detrimental role concerning how we are viewed as per the negative exploitation of African American song and dance we see in TV and movies. Being a willing or unknowing participant in your own exploitation must be examined, and some people must be held accountable.

It is through learning about our true history that we can began to understand and change the practices that seek to dehumanize some people while building some up—such as historically associating everything ‘white’ as being good and everything ‘black’ as being bad. This historically devised plan to psychologically and subliminally brainwash Whites against Blacks and people of color is real and effective today. It is etched in the psyche of many people’s minds.

One of the main objectives of learning our true history is to be able to understand the ills and injustices taking place in the past by trying to makes amends going forward. But then some people fight vehemently to ban books. Without ‘true history,’ we are left with an inaccurate history that projects a negative image of this country. Hiding the truth is not a solution for improvement or eradicating what we all know is wrong in this country.

In learning the truth, maybe one day one’s color can be accepted and celebrated and not seen as a physical characteristic that some feel is uncomfortable or disrespectful when identifying a person. You see color unless you are blind. It is only negative when you use color to judge or assassinate someone’s character.   

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