The Importance Of Colorblindness

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Have you ever heard people say try to ignore race, don’t make them feel different, or that it’s rude to ask questions? Maybe you were raised to be colorblind or maybe society has influenced you to be colorblind. But the reality is that race is there no matter how much society as a whole tries to ignore it. We shouldn’t be hateful, fearful, or ignorant to race. Instead we should try to be educated, understanding, and accepting of others no matter what race they are. This paper will look at colorblindness, becoming color brave and how embracing ourselves by embracing others can allow acceptance to begin. Colorblindness? What does this mean? One study suggests that, “Whites adopt strategic colorblindness: Avoidance of talking about race – or…show more content…
Colorblindness is a common norm endorsed typically by the whites. The study done by Apfelbaum, Sommers, & Norton, (2008) looks at four different experiments that deal with this strategic colorblindness and the consequences of it. The first study was done to investigate the degree to which the inclination towards colorblindness to social interaction is tactical in nature. Study 1 found backing of the proposal that colorblindness during interracial interaction is often strategic in nature. They also found that nonverbal behavior in whites suggested efforts to make a positive impression through colorblindness was not successful at all. Study 2 was focused on if individuals who avoided race experience heighten anxiety during interracial interactions. They studied the negative connection among avoidance of race and nonverbal friendliness. In this study they did not find any significance. Study 3 they asked both black and white to evaluate the colorblind behavior of white actors when race was clearly relevant. The study wanted to look at the perceptions of both races. The results suggested that white’s…show more content…
This talk was inspirational and one that truly fits the category of race and being colorblind or not, even if was not mentioned. When you begin to accept yourself, you are also accepting others and vice versa is said all the time, but it is true. The self, a person’s identity is effected a lot times by which race we are, where we grew up, and who we grew up around. She mentions that, “…not having a self that fits, and the confusion that came from my self being rejected, created anxiety, shame and hopelessness…” (Newton, 2011. 1:45). This feeling is universal, no matter what color you are or where you are from, when you don’t feel that you fit in it creates negative emotions. If people were to be more open about race and more open about who they are, they can begin to accept themselves and accept others. Instead of creating this perpetuating epidemic of disconnection among people. She ends her speech perfectly by stating, “Let 's live with each other and take it a breath at a time. If we can get under that heavy self, light a torch of awareness, and find our essence, our connection to the infinite and every other living thing… Simple awareness is where it begins” (Newton, 2011. 12:41). Awareness is key to becoming “color brave”. When we can become aware of things, we can begin to let go of the fear wrapped up in it. This world is so big, yet so small. We all

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