Try to engage an adult, especially a white person, in a conversation about race…I guarantee you, the first thing out of their mouth will be, “I don’t see color.” Do you believe that? I sure don’t!
The truth is, we all see color. However, society has taught us to “walk on egg shells” when it comes to controversial subjects such as race.
There is nothing wrong with seeing color. The problem is judging an individual or stereotyping them, based on what they look like.
When you see me, you can’t tell me you don’t see a young black man. You can’t tell me you don’t see chocolate brown skin, big lips, or knot balls on my head. Just say you’re more interested in getting to know me before forming an opinion. Don’t be quick to call me a successful black man because you see me in a suit teaching children or the opposite—a thug because you see me walking down the street in a black hoodie.
It’s a shame that in 2016, a reasonable white person feels silenced because of the color of their skin. Believe it or not, many of them agree with black people on many issues. However, we never give them a chance to speak. We blacks find it hard to accept the fact that not all white people are privileged, rich, or republican. We have drawn the conclusion that they will never understand. Not knowing, they already realize that. They are just asking for the same thing we are—don’t judge me. Accept me for who I am. Give me a chance.
In the same way, white folks should get it out of their heads that we are uneducated, poor criminals who are all democrats who are only on Earth to cause trouble.
Slavery ended a long time ago. The evil spirit that haunted this country for hundreds of years is still here but many of its carriers are gone. So many people have moved on from that wicked way but we as blacks refuse to accept it. How can we ever unite though?
It’s a shame that in 2016, there are black people who can’t speak up about what we do to ourselves or each other. Racism is alive. We all know that. However, what about the drugs we sell each other, the times we abandon our kids/families, the moments we think it is okay to take another black person’s life? Then, if a black person speaks against it, they suddenly become an Uncle Tom, a puppet for Fox News, or a sellout. Can we make up our minds please?
It’s a shame that in 2016, there are a number of white people who speak as if they have been profiled before. Just because something isn’t your reality, doesn’t mean it is nonexistent altogether. Before you speak, ask yourself, “What if my child didn’t come back home?” The government makes sure we have something to fight over and the media keeps the fuel going.
Maybe you don’t want to see color. Maybe you don’t want to be viewed as a racist. What you can’t deny, though, is that we all see color, we all judge, and we are all prejudice in one way or another.
Rodney Jordan is a young black male teacher in Northern Virginia. Jordan is also the author of two books, Tired of Being Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009EPUJM6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 and From the Heart of a Teacher https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Teacher-Rodney-Jordan-ebook/dp/B00KXB2784/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1470829478&sr=1-1&keywords=from+the+heart+of+a+teacher