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Purposeful Thinking Outloud - by Dr. Cheryl Harris

When talking about race, both progressive whites and blacks respond, “I don’t see color.” How is it possible to NOT see color in the United States, a country built by slaves labeled as cargo, dehumanized, sold in an open auction, uneducated, viewed as inferior and not worthy of the fundamental human rights of individual choice and free will prescribed by the US Constitution. The 1960s Civil Rights movement was the solution to level the playing field for blacks, but the racial tone in his country today questions the overall effectiveness and sacrifices of the past.

Did you ever consider how you would feel if you woke up one morning as a member of that other race (black or white) and had to spend a whole day living their reality and truth?

What would you learn?

How would you view the next day?

What changes would you make?

Would it change your view on racism and the treatment of those different than you?

Bottom line: If you don’t see color, are you missing out on an opportunity to support diversity in its purest form. Race and gender provide diversity in your knowledge base, life experiences, perspectives, thought processes, culture, personal actions, and reactions. Try this to investigate the premise “I don’t see color” in terms of racism in a society built upon it and defined by it.

Dr. Cheryl A. Harris

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