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Colorblindness (participation)

February 17, 2012

How is being color conscious (or aware of racism and inequality) a strategy of resistance




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  1. Alexandra Wilson permalink

    Being color conscious and aware of racism that still takes place in modern day I believe can’t be both a advantage and disadvantaged. Many Americans like to believe that we currently live in a society that is racism free and have overcome all related obstacles to racism. The fact of the matter is, that is still exists and is very prevalent in today’s society. Whether its jokes that aren’t meant to be hurtful or like the video discussed in the south that all labor related jobs are held by those of color. Addressing this issue can be in your advantage as far as civil rights movements, however if you bring this to someone’s attention who would rather not recognize the issue then you can be at a disadvantage. The first video discussed an act of no longer making national holidays that are race related because it’s not considered a private celebration, not a national holiday. I believe these holidays were made in the first place to create equality within the states, a justification for them to prove to society that they are not raciest. Maybe its original thought had good intentions but these holidays turn into another racial joke sometimes. For instance, Black History month like we discussed in class. Maybe white’s use this holiday as an excuse to have a party and dress up as black person based off stereotypes. This has turned something that once people held pride in to a common day joke, and I agree with the movement that change needs to be addressed.

  2. Rachael Gorrie permalink

    One thing that comes to mind after watching these two videos is this question: how do we create a sense of nationalism and oneness, while simultaneously embracing and acknowledging culture? As a mixed Caucasian and Asian American, I love my culture and love to share it. However I do see a rising problem in America. Instead of a melting pot, mentioned in the video, we are a mixed salad, but there are a lot of negatives that go along with that kind of society. I feel like when there is not a culture that everyone shares together or a set frame of Americanism, that we aren’t able to come together or relate to each other. I love that in this country and its individualism but I think rather than striving towards solely eliminating whitness as the norm we should be promoting and creating a universal and country wide frame of Americanism that we can all relate too. I think that when we try to hard to make EVERYONE happy like creating black history month, celebrating Hanukkah, celebrating diversity and showing our differences we are dividing ourselves in a way and in order to create positive changes in our country regarding race, I think that a good place to start is creating unity through a concrete idea of what it means to be American.

  3. Kyla Chappell permalink

    Being color conscious and aware that there are different races and cultures is an ability most people should strive for. So many people like to think that we live in a world that is racism free and like to think of themselves as colorblind and that race doesn’t matter. WELL IT DOES. So as soon as people can stop pretending and realize that racism is a very big issue in our world, is when we can make progress to get rid of it.

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