Color-blindness ≠ kindness

Color-blindness fails to see that Martin Luther King’s dream wasn’t that people not see color, but that they not evaluate individuals by color.

Because color-blindness doesn’t see racial injustice, it doesn’t believe racism exists. Color-blindness doesn’t see that to be more suspicious of a black person than of a white person is color-prejudice.

It’s odd how color-blindness can make us unable to hear people who express pain they have experienced from racial discrimination.

Color-blindness says almost all discrimination is about things other than skin color (clothing, attitude, culture, behavior.)

Color-blindness ignores much of the racial injustice in American history. It doesn’t see it as having any relevance today. Color-blindness is a psychological defense mechanism that helps us avoid discussing racism’s role in America’s past and present.

Color-blindness doesn’t see that without slavery, there wouldn’t have been an American Civil War. Color-blindness doesn’t see why statues of men who fought against America to defend “states’ rights” to slavery, are offensive.

Centuries of color-blindness to the abuse of African Americans has squelched hope. Hope matters. It makes life so much more bearable than hopelessness does. Grab some hope and don’t let it go.

Anger is often used to mask hopelessness. It’s hard to be mad when you’re overflowing with hope. It’s time to see the racism that is robing billions of people of hope and remove it.

For more about color-blindness, search for my book: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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