I’ve had numerous conversations with white people late me who tell me they are “color blind” or they were “raised not to see color.” This excerpt from Michael Eric Dyson’s book “Tears We Cannot Stop” makes a great point regarding that approach.
“The civil rights movement that inspired King, that he inspired in turn, has been appropriated too, and often in troubling ways. We end up with a greatly compromised view of the black freedom struggle. In the narrative of American history, especially the kind told in our nation’s textbooks, the movement didn’t seek racial justices as much as it sought a race-neutral society. American history hugs color blindness. If you can’t see race, you certainly can’t see racial responsibility. You can simply remain blind to your own advantages. When some of you say “I don’t see color,” you are either well-intending naifs or willful race evaders. In either case, you don’t help the cause. The failure to see color only benefits white America. A world without color is a world without racial debt.
One of the greatest privileges of whiteness is not to see color, not to see race, and not to pay a price for ignoring it, except, of course, when you are called on it. But even then, that price pales, quite literally, in comparison to the high price black folk pay for being black.”
Pick up the book. Dyson’s approach will make you better, because it will make you think.