March 30, 2011
Racism is the systematic oppression and exploitation of human beings on the basis of their belonging to a particular racial group or people. “Systematic” indicates that we must look at the status of the group as a whole, and not at those few individuals who may have climbed a “ladder of success” in the white society. The word “systematic” also connotes practices and policies which are pervasive, regardless of whether they are intentional or unintentional. Racism is different from individual prejudice because it requires the possession of genuine power in a society. So racism is not merely prejudice, but prejudice with power. Once a colonial system is established historically, …show more content…
Color blindness is an emphasis among white people, it has very frequently been a way of denying race and subsequently denying racism. If one doesn't have to think about color or race one doesn't have to think about racism. If there is no color there can be only individual acts of wrongdoing, or prejudice; there can be no systematic, historic, conscious or unconscious, constant oppression because of color. Being color blind is like telling a people of color that the affirmation of their color is now unimportant. To be "color-blind"