Analysis Of The Article ' Racial Formation, By Michael Omi And Howard Winant

751 Words Mar 21st, 2016 4 Pages
The adjective ‘colorblind’ is used to describe a condition when a person lacks the ability to distinguish some or any colors. It is also used as a description for a person or institution that is not swayed by racial prejudice. In the article, “Racial Formation,” by both renowned American sociologists, Michael Omi and Howard Winant, the authors define colorblindness in terms of society and individuals. They also describe it as a fashion or attitude which portrays a role in the social structure of the government and its citizens. A role where no governmental policy can ‘’ legitimately require, or award different status according to race ’’ (Omi, Winant). Furthermore, this role consists of ignoring race, meaning that the significance and importance of race is denied. With this in mind one could agree that colorblindness can be problematic. After reading the article, one can understand both author’s positions on how problematic colorblindness might be. According to both Omi and Winant colorblindness is problematic because it impairs racism, people’s identities, and most importantly the idea that race is a problem.
One could perceive these ideas on how problematic ‘colorblindness’ is by reading over the examples provided by Omi and Winant. For example, the passage on their article, ‘Racial Formation as Everyday Experience’ implies how the case of racism still prevails and accepting or acknowledging a ‘color-blind’ view makes colorblindness ambiguous. In addition, Omi and Winant,…

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