There’s a saying that some non-black/non-POC people like to say sometimes to “prove” that they’re not racist. Have you ever been on social media or even in person and, let’s say there’s maybe a race provoked situation, and you read or hear someone state the words “I don’t see color”? It happens all of the time whether there’s some form of racial injustice going on or maybe even in an interracial relationship. Not everyone means harm when they say this, but despite the fact, not seeing color is actually part of the problem.
If you’re not sure why in the slightest, then you may be confused right now, and that’s completely fine. Let’s take the situation of being in interracial relationships first. Let’s say that there is a couple where the boyfriend is white and the girlfriend is black. Let’s also assume that the boyfriend isn’t racist (because you can date a black person and STILL be a racist). Now, let’s look at what is going on in the world with racial injustice and police brutality. So, in an attempt to let her know how he’s there for her, he tells her how he doesn’t see color. In this situation, he may be choosing not to see color, but to him, he means well. Though he means well, this isn’t the right way to go. With not seeing his girlfriend’s skin color, he’s not seeing who she is…a black woman. He’s not able to fully see her struggles or her pain. He may know that police brutality is bad, but he’s probably just seeing people being beaten and not that it’s mostly black people.
Now, let’s take a situation where there’s social injustice going on and there are people online that are just ranting away at how “if the person would’ve complied”. Then, of course, they say how they don’t see color to justify their statement when someone goes and corrects them about the situation. In this instance, they’re just upright refusing to see color, and are trying to cover up for being racist/making racist statements. This is what you call Bigotry. Bigotry is another reason why there is so much division in situations where there should be none. These same people who supposedly don’t see color are possibly the same ones you might find a confederate flag sitting in their yard or would have possibly even been in the group that stormed the Capitol. But, let’s remember, they don’t see color.
Not seeing our color is not seeing us as black people. It’s not seeing what we’re going through or that we’ve been targeting now, ten years ago, or even during slavery. It’s also refusing to see the features that make us special. It’s not seeing our beautiful kinky hair, it’s not seeing our nose (with the Jackson Five nostrils as Beyonce says), it’s not seeing our lips, it’s not seeing our body…it’s not seeing us. Not seeing color seems like a good idea in theory, and maybe it would be if things were different. But, because they saw color when they put our ancestors on slave ships, you have to see color in order to help us change the world.
The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.marcus garvey