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Racial Colorblindness

Adilene Munoz
What is Racial Colorblindness?
Colorblindness - The racial ideology that posits
the best way to end discrimination is by treating
individuals as equally as possible, without regard
to race, culture, or ethnicity.
New form of racism.
Many people believe that discrimination is a thing
in the past, when in reality its not. People of color
face discrimination on the daily basis because
people believe that being racially colorblind is
Colorblind Ideology
There are four key frames of colorblind ideology.

Abstract liberalism - relies upon the language of political liberalism, referring to abstract concepts of
equal opportunity, rationality, free choice, and individualism.

Naturalization - reframes ongoing inequality as the result of natural processes, rather than social

Cultural racism -reframes ongoing inequality as the result of inherent cultural differences between
racialized groups.

Minimization of racism- assumes that we now have a fairly level playing field, everyone has equal
opportunities to succeed, and racism is no longer a real problem
White Privilege
As you can see in Figure 1 the majority of Figure 1
people who are racially color blind are whites.

To be white means that if you dont

experience racism then you dont
acknowledge that it exists.

They are often unaware of it and do not see

how it impacts their own lives or others.
Why is Racial Colorblindness Bad?
Being racially colorblind only makes racism worse because they are choosing to ignore one's identity
which includes their culture, traditions, heritage, language, and history

For marginalized people it is a challenge to find good paying jobs and to obtain a higher education. The
reason being for this is because they are provided with less opportunities than the majority group.

Creates the illusion that everyone has equal rights.

Ignore the way that racism still continues to structure life chances for many marginalized people.
How does racial colorblindness affect
Marginalized people?


Insecurities with their identity

Reject their own culture, history,

language etc.
How can we end colorblindness?
Obtaining a higher education.

Learning about different


Listen and validate others


Do not avoid talking about


If you see something, say


Work Cited
Diggles, K. (2014). Addressing Racial Awareness and Color-Blindness in Higher Education. New

Directions for the Teaching and Learning, 31-36.

Ferber, A. L. (12). The Culture of Privilege: Color-blindness, Post feminism, and Christonormativity.

Journal of Social Issues, 63-77.

POTEAT, V. P. (2012). Modern Racism Attitudes Among White Students: The Role of Dominance and

Authoritarianism and the Mediating Effects of Racial Color-Blindness. The Journal of Social

Psychology, 761-764.

Williams, M. T. (2011). Colorblind Ideology Is a Form of Racism. Psychology Today.