Racial color blindness is an ideology on the rise, and it may be argued that color blindness is now, in fact, the dominant racial ideology in the United States. (Bonilla-silva, 1993).Color blindness is a notion that does not consider the race or color of somebody but rather his/her input into the society, his/her behavior and other personal attributes (Greenberg, 2015). Color blindness protagonists oppose the use of any categorical class in the process of individual selection or even the mere discussions about race. There are some forms of extreme color blindness whereby the proponents can outlaw analysis of people in terms of race. This may be a census, education indexes, and even arrest or imprisonment records. Color blind operations disregard color profiling and are meant to bring about an equal society.
There are four mechanism in which color blindness operates to fight racism. These are the minimization of racism, abstract liberalization, colonization of culture and naturalization of racial matters (Bonilla-silva, 1993). Firstly, abstract liberalism removes themes from a political and economic aspect and sets them in in a context that avoids racism. Such themes include the free market, meritocracy and economic liberalization. It is used to emphasize the Laissez-Faire policy which prevents the government from meddling in affairs that involve the economy and race. Biologization of culture does not explain any racial context but considers the difference of people as an attribute due to the diversity in culture. Thirdly, naturalization of racial matters considers the separation of races and is especially used in residency and school matters.
Finally, Minimization of racism is the idea that racism is no longer something to take seriously since it does not exist. Some staunch followers of this framework can even sue the government when it considers race as a subject matter.
Though color blindness is a way to do away with racism, the ideology can also portray racism. In the first place, color blindness is a disapproval of one’s identity. The race is a key ingredient to oneself such as is religion and gender. Suppressing of one’s race is simply a form of racism as it prevents one from accepting him/her true self. Secondly, color blindness can be viewed as equating race with some negative aspect. Disapproving of one’s race simply states that there is some fault in it indicating that the color is the problem. Thirdly, color blindness prevents the classification of people according to some inherent characteristic that they display e.g. knowing that black kids are three times likely to be suspended from school than white children. This, in its own words, is a form of racism since it puts a blind eye on characteristics displayed (Greenberg, 2015).Another factor that proves color blindness is a form of racism is that it is disingenuous. Most of the protagonists of color blindness just pretend that there is no racism. It is not an honest opinion since different races have very different features.
The fact that color blindness prevents someone from accepting his race is a form of racism. The statement simply indicates that color is to blame. Directly or indirectly stating that to be associated with some color and race is not appropriate.
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