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On Being Color Blind

March 18, 2010

Sometimes I tell my students that one can cure racism by being color blind about as well as one can cure cancer by not looking at it.

If you find out you have cancer, the first thing you want to do is get treatment: sign me up for chemo! It’s not going to go away if you ignore it—and neither will racism.

However, color blindness can be an excellent way of perpetuating white privilege—not looking at it and letting it remain unnoticed is precisely the first step in allowing it to continue.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. fuzzytheory permalink
    March 18, 2010 7:26 pm

    I like the analogy. I think it fits.

  2. March 18, 2010 8:16 pm

    I second the like! (The liking?)

    Thanks, it’s a useful analogy.

  3. March 23, 2010 3:02 pm

    I’ve decided whiteys (like myself) need to go into recovery because of our addiction to hierarchical power. Just like alcoholics go to regular recovery groups and admit their problem, white people (and white MEN particularly) need to regularly admit that, because of their historical identities, they are prone to being corrupted by power. Like an alcoholic who needs to stay away from the bottle, whiteys need to stay away from control/domination/hierarchy.

  4. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    March 23, 2010 5:04 pm

    I like it. I should be a teetotaler about power …

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