Interesting Video: Should we be colorblind?

The EDTF (Ethnic Diversity Task Force) recently met and are hoping in the months to come to be able to bring you stories and interesting resources that you can use to start conversations within your church, with your friends, with your leaders, whatever your situation may be, that could be helpful in moving us toward greater understanding of one another.

In that vein, here is an interesting video a member of our task force recently brought to the group's attention. It's short (3 minutes) and a great conversation starter. Check it out and feel free to pass it around!


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I think that the "color blind" idea is being used as a strategy to further homogeneity in US culture. While culture and color do not always link directly, there is within the US, often a very strong correlation.
Until we understand and know our differences, cultural differences in behavior, speech, history, and color , that separate us, we cannot come to a considerate of each other that would allow for true harmony. Therefore we must distinguish race at least as a social construct which affects people's lives and we should not expect our differences to disappear in the interest of conformity.

This is a thought provoking video that reinforces a point made by Brad Christerson et al. in the book Against All Odds: “color-blindness” is an ideology rooted in individualism, which is often embraced by white, evangelical sub-cultures as a way of minimizing racial conflict. Under this rubric, deeply formative experiences of racism (both past and present) are essentially disregarded and the voices of the marginalized are either silenced or denigrated for being divisive if they dare call attention to it. It is often more comfortable for folks in the dominant culture to take such a position, but it ultimately reinforces blindness to social realities.

As a woman who started school in the 1960’s, I was prohibited from wearing pants to school and banned from participating in the all-male marching band, so I never imagined myself as occupying a position of social power or privilege. However, as a white participant in a culturally diverse Social Ethics course this past year, I discovered that my African American colleagues see me quite differently. Sadly, I was completely unaware the extent to which my “color-blindness” also blinded my mind to institutional biases, and deadened my heart to the real-life struggles of my friends.

As someone who was raised in a church, I’m afraid my experiences communicate something important about the inadequacies of our Christian education systems. In truth, it is precisely our differences that, when taken collectively, enable us to taste and see something of the incomprehensible, multi-faceted beauty and goodness of God.

Very interesting discussions about diversity.

i applaud your comment. When society looks pass race and skin, then we shall be joined as an whole.

Interesting video.

It's unbelievable that people still judges others based on their skin colors. We are living in the year of 2010 and the world is such diverse. People as a whole needs to embrace everyone and look beyond color. So many pseudo cultures are among us. Inter-racial relationship is so common where almost everybody dates outside their race.

In my opinion, Black is beautiful. If people thinks otherwise, why are so many of them going to tanning salon to darken their skin complexion?

Thing to ponder on...

As a white woman, I also applaude this video. I completely agree with the black people that were interviewed. If somebody came up to me and said they did not see me as white, I wouldn't particularly like that. Race and skin color is very huge part of who you are. I am proud of who I am and to me, being white is just one of the many words others may useto discribe me. I'm pretty sure a Greek or Japaneese person wouldn't want to be identified in the same race category. Although race or skin color does not make you any better or worse than another, it is still an identifying factor. In the same light, I do think that we should all see eachother as equal human beings, but nobody is the same.

Great video.

The idea that we should be “colour blind” is simply another Eurocentric idea that black is something we should ignore because it’s not nice. Black people generally don’t go around saying that they don’t even notice that white people are white.

Ever since colonization, Europeans have traditionally been fed on a diet of Eurocentric literature. The childhood stories that were read to me were a classic example of Eurocentric influence. The princess was inevitably the ‘fairest of fair’ and the wicked witch was almost always ‘dark.’

Not much has changed since then, and I am fed a daily diet of negative stories about Africa on the news media. If one makes the effort to find positive success stories about Africa, they are available and plentiful - they’re just not in the main stream media. The main stream USA media in particular has a bias and a strongly stereotypical way of representing Blacks, Hispanics, and Arabs.

As a Black man I applaud this video. Today there is a subtle and oft well meaning assumption that true equality is based on sameness. Women are as valuable as men therefore we go unisex or eliminate sex specific language. Blacks are as good as whites so we pretend that color and culture is not relevant.

Did God make a mistake when he chose to make Irish different than Greeks, Germans different than French, Japanese different than Korean, and Blacks different than Whites? How about when he made Judah different than Levi with different assignments?

I don't think that I can improve on the Master's plan by ignoring the God given differences in men and women who are created in His image/

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