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.
"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.