Color-blind shouldn’t mean “looking the other way”

Being silent about racial disparity isn’t being “color-blind.” It’s looking the other way. It’s time to open the blinds and see racial views more clearly.

Color-blind? When police are on the lookout for a dangerous black male, every black man is a suspect. In a color-blind nation, a white man and a black man stopped by police will be treated the same if they ask why.

Sizing people up by the color of their skin” is quick and easy; by “the content of their character,” takes time and patience. The idea that skin color denotes different kinds of people is a giant like that continually tears America apart. We need to move beyond human color-categories.

White man,
Black man,
Either can
Be a threat
But I like
Most the ones
I’ve met.

The color of skin
Someone’s wrapped in
Can’t begin
To define
Who they are

Colin K. 
And Derek C. 
Both bent a knee 
That released strife.
One tried to save life 
The other didn't.
A truly "color-blind" country 
Would honor and memorialize 
All victims of injustice 
Regardless of skin tone. 

Hopeful people aren’t violent. Spread hope.

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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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