Let’s try my rusty skills at these space gays, aka Klance. Just some fluff.
He really wasn’t as boastful in private. In fact, Lance didn’t speak about himself at all. It was always about his family. The many cousins he had from all over. How they would take vacations to different places. Veradera beach was their favorite place to meet up. At least once a year, their big family chased off the rest of the beach goers with how loud they always were. Lance talked about his mom the most, how her cooking always made his stomach growl. How much he missed her hugs.
On many occasions when I tell someone that I am interested in racial studies and social justice, I am greeted with a response similar to, “Oh I dont see color” or “I just treat people of all races, equally!”, which, usually means that they see a person as a human being, and not a person’s race or ethnic background. Although said with harmless intentions, these responses actually feed into a larger system of silencing PoC, disregarding history and neglecting privilege making whiteness the norm.
Not seeing color doesn’t prevent racism.
In fact, colorblindness prevents many conversations about race that can be beneficial. Conversation is crucial to having a better understanding various cultures, religions, and racial issues in America. Many of us can benefit from discussion on how the justice system disenfranchises black and Latinx voters, the problems with the Asian model minority myth, or the discrimination hijabi women face.These conversations teach us about other people’s experiences – and allow us to see from alternative perspectives.
Not recognizing color also disregards culture, disregards what makes people unique. Embracing culture on the other hand, opens so many doors for people. It can help dispel myths and stereotypes, establish connections, understanding a people for what they truly are, instead of what media portrays them as. Understanding different cultures helps you get to know someone on a personal level :) Get to know their struggles and their lifestyle.
Our varying heritages are what makes us unique and can be fun to learn about, but sometimes, our backgrounds are also linked to our nation’s current racial issues. Internment camps, reservations, slavery, and segregation all point to our nation’s current issues with race and culture. And these things didn’t happen that long ago.
As I said earlier, our nation has manyyy racial issues currently, and to address these issues we must first take off our colorblind lenses and acknowledge that they exist :)
Heres a fun video of one of my favorite pieces of slam poetry:
“I dont see color i see people !!!!11111111111!1!!!!1″
Culture, race, and ethnicity are very closely linked and embedded into each other and by you saying that you refuse to acknowledge what makes people individuals and essentially shapes who they are fundamentally, you are keep this world stagnant. No problems will be solved by you turning your head and wondering why everyone isnt “just equal” or, in this case “treated the same”. The world will remain stationary until we can learn to appreciate others for who we are, instead of ignoring each other’s differences to make us all the same. We all will always be different. Pull your head out of your ass and be proactive instead of willfully ignorant.
"Equality" DOES NOT mean “we are all the same” and that’s it and we’re all just one big boring grey blob of human with no differences whatsoever. Equality means acknowledging, celebrating, and respecting our diversity. Basically realizing that humans can be different and not being a dick about it. We’re not trying to be special little snowflakes.
People of Color exist whether you like it or not.
People of varying sexual orientations exist whether you wanna see it or not.
People who do not fall into the gender binary exist whether you like it or not.
I mean sure, it doesn’t “matter” per se, but it’s still there.
An Irish girl at work once asked me a random out of the blue question..
She looked me dead in the eye and asked..
‘If you could be any other race in the world what would you be?’
I looked at her confused as hell as i just wanted to do my work and get out.
'Black, why would i want to be any other race? We built the world, everyone wants to be Black, i am proud of being Black, i dont see why i would want to be another race to be fair.’
She looked at me like i was insane. She stuttered and said..
'No but with all the things…’
I stopped her and said
'No but what? If i was born again into another life id still want to black..is that difficult to understand..’
(I didnt really want to go into it with her because it would go over her head).
Then i carried on with work. I felt offended as fuck that someone would think that id want to be something other then i am…
I can’t stand when, in reference to racism, people say that they don’t see color. Many white parents claim that they never talk to their children about race because it didn’t matter in their home. These children grow up with their white perspectives and their white privilege, completely blind to the racism in the world. I mean their parents, the people they look up to says that race doesn’t matter. We all bleed the same color. When they eventually become embarrassingly aware of their ignorance, out come the white tears and the denial of racial tensions. I want white people to see my color. Do not dismiss my skin, my culture as irrelevant because it is not white.
I hate when white people tell me that they “dont see race”.
1. First and foremost, if you are saying this to me, its likely because i am black. I’m willing to bet all i own, my best cow, and my firstborn son that you have NEVER said this to a white person. Therefore, you are already contradicting yourself. You see my race… unless you are blind cause i quite literally wear it on my sleeve. 2. You dont have to be colorblind. Recognize and respect the cultural differences and social disparities between the races. If you’re not interested in making change, then at least make an effort to understand. You dont have to be colorblind to be not racist. 3. Its insulting. When I hear a person say “i dont see race”, the first thing that I think “great, so in your mind everyone is the same”. Untrue. Mike Brown wasnt shot by someone who “didnt see race”. Eric Garner wasnt murdered by someone who “didnt see race”. the millions of black people that have fallen victim to the atrocities of slavery, and then systemic legalized inequality and segregation, and now racial profiling, police brutality, laws set up to make it legal to murder us like “Stand your ground” WERE NOT VICTIMS OF PEOPLE WHO DID NOT SEE RACE. Not only is race seen, my race is almost always seen negatively. When you tell me you dont see race, im assuming its because you dont associate me with your stereotypical image of black people and that because I’m not the stereotype, i must be special or colorless, ie not black. You dont see MY race because you think im too educated, too articulate, too non-niggerish to be considered black. Thats what you REALLY mean to say. And the fact that you subconsciously believe that black people can not be articulate or that im some type of an anomaly is all i need to know to know that you DO see race in the worst way possible deep down. 4. You dont see race. Well, whether actually dont see it or not; ITS THERE. PEOPLE OF COLOR EXIST. AND YOU DONT GET TO IGNORE US OR OUR CULTURAL DIFFERENCES OR OUR STRUGGLES JUST BECAUSE THE REALITY MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE BECAUSE YOU ARE FORCED TO REALIZE JUST HOW FUCKED UP WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TO EVERYONE EVER AND BECAUSE THAT REALIZATION MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU PRIVILEGED ASSHOLE.