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Colorblindness is a form of racism, a nemesis, and a barrier to dismantling it

March 9th, 2019 | Posted by David Whitfield in Racial Justice


When former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was asked about the two black men arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks, he replied, “As somebody who grew up in a very diverse background as a young boy, in the projects, I didn’t see color as a young boy, and I honestly don’t see color now. …”

And he wants to be the President?

As a staunch social justice advocate, I couldn’t help wanting to talk with Mr. Schultz about colorblindness, or color-denial. Jon Greenberg, an anti-racist educator who lives in Seattle, points out that colorblindness invalidates people’s identities; it nullifies one’s individuality.

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