Your "Colorblindness" Is Part Of The Problem

Your "Colorblindness" Is Part Of The Problem

You're not doing people of color a favor by denying our color.
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*Before I get into the meat of this article, I would like to start by saying I’m not really a fan of writing about race. I feel like my experience as a person of color (POC) is ABSURDLY different from that of a black person and so often when we talk about race it has to do with anti-black racism in America. I have never and will never experience that type of very specific, awful, systematic, and life-threatening racism that black people experience. To try and say all people of color experience the same type of discrimination and racism is not only ignorant, but simply inaccurate. My goal for this article is to simply write from my perspective as an Indian woman with immigrant parents. At no point in this article will I be attempting to write about what it means to be black in America in an authoritative way because that is not my place. However, nonetheless I am a person of color and this idea of being colorblind to race affects me in a very real way. That being said...here’s my article for this week.*


To Everyone Who Thinks Being “Colorblind” to Race is a Good Thing...

Your colorblindness is part of the problem. First, let me explain that I don’t literally mean colorblind as in you can’t see the color red or green. I mean something more along the line of being colorblind to race or skin color. By saying, “I don’t see people as black, Asian, white, or whatever. I just see them as people. We all are just humans,” you are contributing to the problem of institutionalized racism in America. You are not, I repeat NOT, doing anyone any favors by saying that you don’t “see” color or acting like color doesn’t exist. (For future reference, by color I mean race unless specified otherwise.)

I know that people think they are making this profound, deeply accepting statement by saying they don’t see color. They think that it means that we are all human and bonded by a single human experience that we all experience. Don’t get me wrong, focussing too much on race isn’t benefiting anyone either. But to deny that we are people of color is to deny your (lack of) color also. Let me explain.

In saying that you don’t see color, you are saying you don’t see your own whiteness. That means that you don’t see your privilege that you’ve been born into just because you’re white. To say that you don’t see color is to deny every single person of color’s experiences as a person of color. If you don’t see my skin color, you are denying a core, integral part of not only my experiences and identity, but my very existence.

Our color, whether we like it or not, makes us who we are. It changes everything. Every experience we have is filtered through the lens that is skin color. My experience as a POC really isn’t that bad, to be honest. I experience racism in a more immature, ignorant way -- not in a life-threatening way. I have to deal with people appropriating my culture. I have to deal with people trying to talk about my culture and race in a more authoritative way than I when they don’t know anything about India or being Indian. But...what I deal with is very minor and more annoying than anything else compared to my friends who are black. Nonetheless, my race still plays a significant role in my life. And to say you don’t see color is to deny the significance race plays in EVERYONE’S lives.

That’s why you’re not doing me or any other colored person a favor by saying you don’t see color. I appreciate the notion and the intent but I’m letting you know that by saying you don’t see color, you actually make things worse. There has to be a balance. You have to be able to acknowledge color without letting it define that person’s entire being because while race is an integral part of all of us, it is not all we are. The balance is just something to strive for, I suppose.

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28 Urban Slang Terms Every New Yorker Knows

It's dead ass mad brick out today.
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The New York City youth is greatly influenced by hip-hop culture, and hip-hop culture is continuously influenced by New York City. With the colorful expressions found in both hip-hop and the streets of New York, colorful language is inevitable. The truth is, you're not a real New Yorker if you've never heard these terms before.

1. Whack = (adj) used to describe something that is appalling in nature

"That's whack!"

2. Grill = (v) to stare, usually impolitely; to give a dirty look

"Dude stop grilling my girlfriend, I know her spray tan looks whack."

3. To front/Fronting = (v) to put on a façade; acting like you are something that you are not.

"Stop fronting like you own the place."

4. Cop = (v) to buy

"I'm about to cop some chips, you want some?"

5. Catch these hands = phrase used to initiate a fight

"If that girl keeps grilling me she can catch these hands."

Variations: throw these hands; throw hands; catch this fade

6. Crusty = (adj) used to describe someone who is dirty or trashy

"Girl, did you shower today? Your hair is looking all types of musty, dusty, and crusty."

Synonyms: musty; dusty

7. Lit = (adj) used to describe someone or something that is amazing in every sense

Variations: litty

8. Mad = (adv) very

"Stay away from her, bro. She has mad problems."

Synonyms: dumb; OD; stupid

9. Dumb = (adv) extremely

"This party is dumb lit."

Synonyms: mad; OD; stupid

10. Brick = (adj) very cold

"Damn, it's mad brick out."

11. Tight = (v) to be upset

"Stop running your fingers through my hair; you're getting me dumb tight."

12. Thirsty = (adj) desperate; (n) someone who is desperate

"I didn't tag you in my photo because I don't want any thirsties following you."

Variations: thirsties (n)

13. Buggin' = freaking out; acting up

"My mom just asked me to clean all the dishes even though it's not my turn. She's buggin."

Synonyms: wylin'/wildin'

14. Son = (n) a good friend

"Of course I know him, that's my son!"

Synonyms: B

15. B = (n) a good friend

"What's good, B?"

16. Sus = shady or false

*Short for "suspect" or "suspicious"

"That girl is mad sus for looking at me like that."

17. Dead ass = (adj) seriously

"You're dead ass getting me tight, B."

*Could also be used as follows:

"Dead ass?" = Are you serious?

"Dead ass!" = Yes.

18. Guap = (n) money

"Okay, this to all of my enemies that seeing me gettin' guap right now." -- Big Sean

Synonyms: Mulah; dough; casheesh

19. Grimey = (adj) used to describe a back-stabber

"I'm telling you, bro. He's mad grimey, don't trust him."

20. You woulda thought = a more exciting way to say "no"

"You woulda thought I was going to let you use my laptop to log on to your shady-ass websites."

21. OD/Ohdee/Odee = (adj) excessive; an abbreviation for "over-doing"

"Man, my professor just assigned OD work on BlackBoard."

Synonyms: mad; dumb

22. Wylin'/Wildin' = out of control

"That girl was wildin' last night when she threatened to throw hands at you for no reason."

Synonyms: buggin'

23. Facts = (adj) something that is rooted in truth

"That's a fact, B."

Synonyms: true

24. Snuff = (v) to punch

"I should've never threatened to throw hands. He straight up snuffed me in the throat."

Synonyms: rock

25. Wavy = (adj) used to describe something that is cool or nice

"I’m so wavy in the turbo Porsche, she so wavy in the new Mercedes" -- Ty Dolla $ign

Synonyms: dope, lit

26. Kicks = (n) sneakers

"Where'd you cop those kicks from?"

27. Beef = (n) having a fight or holding a grudge against another person or group of people

"Tommy told me you guys have beef."

28. Ice = (n) jewelry

"Ice on my neck cost me 10 times 3." -- D.R.A.M.

Variations: icy (adj)

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Thank You To The Man Who Taught Me How To Be A Man

"Oh, almost forgot to do something, thank my father too. I actually learned a lot from you, you taught me what not to do." -Eminem

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Dear You,

Starting this off by saying "dear" feels disgustingly wrong. Nothing about you is dear, nothing you have ever done for me has been dear, expect you got me into Eminem at eight years old but let's be honest- that would have happened anyways. As far as the "you" part, you have no title in my life anymore, your name means nothing to me anymore nor does your previous title.

You have fucked me over more than anyone in my entire life. You've hurt me, pushed me down more times than I can count- but I've stood up one more time than each time you've pushed me down. You'll never see me succeed, nor will you meet my wife or our kids. This letter isn't to bash you, I'm over that because I'm better than you now and I realize that.

I want to thank you for the one thing you did do for me. You made me a man. I was raised on my Poppa's mindset- a house is controlled by God, a man, the wife, the kids, then everything else. I highly disagree with this now, but from age four you made me a man. My Poppa taught me that there was supposed to be a man and there was nobody else besides me and my momma so it was all up to me.

You know last week I refinished a cabinet all by myself? Sanded, stained, and sealed it all on my own. Now that's not a man's job but it's also not my momma's job because she works two to take care of me since we don't have anyone else besides Poppa and Grams. I was so proud of myself and I would have given anything for my Uncle Raymond to see it, he'd be so damn proud of me. Poppa sure as hell is. I didn't learn that from you, I taught myself how to do it. That was my second time ever staining anything, the first time was two weeks before that cabinet. Poppa is too sick to teach me things now and I don't expect him to do it, Uncle Raymond is gone- I'm the only man I've got.

I'm still not strong, I don't workout because I hate it tremendously. I can fix almost anything you put in front of me and I know more about cars than any girl I hang around (besides momma because she chased for so long). In 19 years I've learned how to hold my emotions in like a man because I had to be the strong one when you broke us. The only times are cry is when my girlfriend and I fight or I make momma cry, or if I'm really sick. I cried today too because I didn't get a job, I felt like a failure and I don't want to let momma down like others have in the past; including myself.

I still don't eat meat- not because I'm a "stuck up bitch". I don't drive a truck, but I want to so I can fit all of my things in it. I have a lot to say but not enough time or space to say it. I guess what I want to say is you forced me to become a man from the time I was four years old. I've always told people that I had to be the man of the house because we didn't have one. You don't make me want to be a man, you make me want to be a person and a damn good one. You make me want to be a partner to my wife, a loving one that provides. You make me want to be the best parent in the world- one that plays with Barbies and race cars (with the same damn kid).

You might not have done much, but you made me a man. A damn good man.

Best,

C

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