The Revolutionary Idea Of Being ' Colorblind ' Essay

1140 Words May 17th, 2016 null Page
Everyone is racist.
Primarily, the idea of being ‘colorblind’ was the revolutionary solution to “racism”. If you do not take into account one’s race, you will be perfectly able to treat them like a “normal human being”. This arrangement was prominent in the life of writer Jason Halstead. Referring to his experience growing up in the early 80s, his mother found pride in his failure to see the skin color of his black best friend, or understand what that meant for him. To Halstead, this was ideal and theoretically made him a good person. When he reached the third grade, his school system attempted to integrate. He was re-zoned to a predominantly black school, and the other white parents raved over their children being put into a ‘gifted’ program at said school. “So I rode a bus full of Black kids to a school full of Black kids and then went to class in a classroom with all white kids. So much for integration” (Halstead 2). [Note: this directly relates to systematic racism] However even in this obvious segregation, Halstead maintains ‘colorblindness’. “Whenever a Black person passed through my white bubble, I would make an effort [to] treat them like a white person. Each time I did this, I felt a certain amount of if treating people equally were not the default, as if I had somehow done the Black person a favor by treating them like a human being” (Halstead 2). The ideal of colorblindness followed Halstead through his post-secondary education, however,…

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