Colorblind Ideology

Key Terms:

  • Colorblind Racism
  • Not “Seeing Color”
  • Covert Racism

When You Say You “Don’t See Race”, You’re Ignoring Racism, Not Helping to Solve It

In this article the author discusses their problem with “colorblindness”. Some people say that they don’t see race and are therefore “colorblind” and not racist yet they ignore the systemic disadvantages that minorities face. The article argues that being colorblind does not make you not racist it just means you are ignoring the issue of race.

Stafford, Zack. 2015. “When you say you ‘don’t see race’, you’re ignoring racism, not helping to solve it”

Color-Blindness Is Counterproductive

This source discusses the destructive nature of claiming not to “see color” during disputes on racial issues in America. This tactic offers a way for white Americans to avoid discussing race in social issues that are completely about race. This work also discusses the counter-opinion that making issues about race will run the risk of fueling the “nativism” among white Americans.

The Atlantic. 2015. “Color-Blindness Is Counterproductive”

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

This article discusses the way to explain white privilege to a broke white person. One of the common fallacies that many fall victim to believing is that white privilege cannot be possible because there are white people who are poor, therefore white privilege doesn’t exist. This article goes in depth to explain how white privilege exists even for broke white people.

Crosley-Corcoran, Gina. 2016. “Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person”