Human Rights Policy and Nonprofit Organizational Development

Those who “don’t see color”

In Policy Blog on May 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I have been getting into racism again lately– well, into anti-racism.    A few blogs that I have been enjoying on race in the US and on oppression in general are Racialicious, sociological images, stuff white people do, and The Angry Black Woman.

I’ll point out a few really great pieces.  

This paragraph comes from a post on people who claim that they “don’t see color.”  The Angry Black Woman points out that by saying this, they are basically saying, 

I refuse to deal with how our culture and society treats people of color because it makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to understand how having a different skin color or ethnicity affects other people because that means I would have to think and consider other points of view. What I want is to not have to think. I prefer to believe I live in a fantasy land where no one ever pays attention to skin color, ethnicity, culture, or religion.

Then there are these two posts (the second is a re-post) on Racialicious that point out images in popular culture that use people of color as “background,” emphasizing their non-entity status.  Great, cutting analysis.

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