Why Being ‘Colorblind’ Makes You Racist

You can’t deny someone something that they actually are.

Ah, colorblindness.

No, not this type of colorblindness:

This type of colorblindness:


“I don’t care if you’re black, white, or an alien, I see everyone the same!”

Translation: “I think minorities are an anomaly, so I’m going to ignore their racial identities as people and the culture they come from so I don’t have to own up to my own internalized racism and bigotry!”

“When I see you, I don’t see you as black!”

Translation: “You don’t fit the negative stereotype of how I view black people, SO you’re automatically not black!”

“I don’t see color!”

Translation: “I ignore the struggles, oppression, and discrimination against minorities and am covering up my racism by saying I see everyone equally!”

“If we stopped making everything about race, then it’d go away!”

Translation: “I acknowledge my own privilege but ignore all racism, and all of the discrimination minorities go through because talking about racism makes me uncomfortable!”

It’s understandable why white people are so afraid of minorities. They think we look like this…


It’s so ridiculous because if you replace “I don’t see color.” with ANYTHING else sounds so ridiculous.

Telling a pregnant person:

You can’t deny someone something that they are.

You can’t NOT see someone or something for what they are. Anything other than the acceptance of someone’s experience is erasure point-blank.

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