Let me start by saying that I do not believe in color-blindness. I have been blessed with a pair of eyes that actually see perfectly well. My sight is intact! Hey, my eye doctor can corroborate that fact. Then why should I willingly want to choose to be color-blind? That just doesn’t make sense.
When people state that they are “color-blind” it is just a lot of bull$hit! The whole purpose behind it is to be perceived more open-minded, unprejudiced, tolerant, or inclusive by others. The reality is that through their political correctness they are (un)consciously undermining everybody else.
I am not color-blind, and I don’t wish to be because I absolutely love all the colors of the rainbow and beyond. Why should I watch movies in black and white (unless I am really in the mood for it, for the sake of art) when I can watch movies in color? I mean, who doesn’t like watching movies in color? This is comparable to saying that someone dislikes watching movies in HD or Blu-ray because they prefer a lower image quality instead. Hey, if that is you, be my guest!
I am not ashamed to say that I do see different colors and shades all around me, every single day. I love what I see, and I appreciate every single hue. The colorfulness of life is absolutely beautiful. I could not and would not want to imagine a world in which everybody looks the same. I mean, how boring would that be!
When people say that they are “color-blind” in order to be politically correct – because that is really what it comes down to – they are actually undermining individuals’ identities. Identity is a compound of characteristics that describes and defines self. By ignoring a very important characteristic of a person, we are reducing who they are to what we want them to be. This has a psychological effect on individuals that can cause meaningful damages on their psyche.
There is this video that I watched over a year ago about this sociology course in a high school in New York. I wish I could remember where to find it, so that I can add the link to this post! Oh well, I will get back to it eventually. In the video, the instructor had an African-American boy stand up in front of the entire class, and she asked the students to describe him to her. Excited, all the students began to scream out words that described the boy’s gender, body structure, accessories, and clothing, while avoiding what had now become the big elephant in the room. After a few minutes she asked the students to describe the boy’s skin color. This time, the classroom stayed silent and some students began to whisper the word “black”. The instructor told the students that it was okay and that they could speak up with no fear or shame. Then she asked the whole class, “What color do you see when you look at him?” They all responded, “He is black.” The instructor asked, “Then why did you not want to describe his skin color before, if you all can clearly see? You were all thinking that he was black as soon as you saw him, right?” The entire class nodded, and some students spoke up saying that they didn’t want to offend the boy or say something they considered inappropriate. The instructor explained to them that when the boy looked at himself in the mirror every single day, he could see that he is black. That is just part of who he is – a part of the boy’s identity. Ignoring it would be the same as undermining something that is very important to the boy. Disregarding it would influence the thought process and perception of the boy because he would feel that being black is not something that is appropriate, or something that he should be proud of and identify with.
In other words, if you don’t want to say it because you feel that the person you are describing can get offended or you consider that it is inappropriate, it will make the other person feel that it is offensive or inappropriate to be that way. This can cause a lot of psychological damage, as it injures self-perception and identity, which are crucial concepts for human beings. Avoiding the colorful elephant in the room gives the impression to others that there is something wrong in being who they are. Hence, being colorblind is not something to be proud of, or a positive ability to have.
The same applies to concepts such as ethnicity and culture. For example, lets say that your friend is half German and half Indian, but looks German phenotypically. Someone asks you where your friend is from, and you respond that he is from Germany. That would not be incorrect, but you are only accounting for one half while disregarding the other half. If your friend is proud to be half German and half Indian, and has accepted both as characteristics that are part of his identity, you are undermining what is important to your friend. You are disregarding who your friend is.
I am who I am, and I am proud of my ethnic and cultural background. I carry my identity around with pride and joy – like a newborn baby that I want everyone to admire! I just wish that people could see through the same pair of lenses that I see the world through… there is a beautifully colorful world out there that you are missing folks!