Colorblind Racism

Bonilla Silva_Racism without Racists

  • Colorblind racism is the racial ideology that disregards race and any racial characteristics.
    • Ex. “I don’t see race.”
    • “I just see people.”
    • “I didn’t even realize you were *insert race*”
    • Race doesn’t have any real impact on society.”
    • “I ignore race.”
  • Many call colorblindness the cure to modern day racism, but it actually does more harm than good.
    • Colorblindness invalidates and devalues people’s identities; Makes race a bad thing.
      • Race is tied to people’s identities, culture, tradition, language, and heritage which gives genuine sources of pride.
    • Colorblindness invalidates racist experiences
      • Colorblindness derails the process of addressing racism before it has even started.
    • Colorblindness narrows White Americans’ understanding race
      • Colorblindness does nothing more, but increases the height of the wall called “White Privilege,” and that wall so desperately needs to be tore down.
      • Colorblind ideology keeps White America comfortable, but them being comfortable, keeps racism thriving.
    • Suggested reading: Racism without Racist by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
    • Chapter 3: Central Frames of Color-Blind Racism (pg. 73)
      • In Racism without Racists, Bonilla-Silva proposed four frames of color-blind ideology to examine current racial issues in the US.
        • Abstract liberalism-using ideas associated with political liberalism (e.g. equal opportunity), and economic liberalism (e.g. choice, individualism) in an abstract way to explain race matters.
          • White Americans believe in equality, but gov. policies shouldn’t favor a race, even though some policies are necessary for equality.
        • Naturalization-allows whites to explain away that racism is natural.
          • Whites claim segregation is natural because people from similar backgrounds towards each other (Not because the gov. sometimes isolates communities of color into certain areas).
        • Cultural Racism-relies on culturally based arguments to explain standing on minorities in society
          • Adapted from biological inferiority to cultural inferiority
          • “Blacks have too many babies.”
          • “Mexicans don’t put emphasis on education.”
        • Minimization of racism-suggest discriminations no longer is a central factor affecting minorities
          • “It’s better than the past.”
          • “Stop being so sensitive over race.”
          • “Don’t play the race card.”
          • “There is discrimination, but there are still jobs out there.”