It is uncomfortable to talk about race and ethnicity? Why or why not? Reflect on your understanding of institutional racism and color-blind racism. You might address: What are examples of color-blind racism that you have encountered? How does COVID-19 demonstrate aspects of institutional racism?
Johnson and Wales University
The racial ideology known as “colorblindness” holds that the most effective method to eliminate discrimination is to treat people with the utmost respect and consideration, regardless of factors such as their culture, ethnicity, or race (Williams, 2011).
This belief appears to not only amount to a disregard of the lived experiences of people of color, but also says that racism does not exist so long as one ignores it. If taken at face value, this belief appears to suggest that racism does not exist so long as one ignores it.
However, given the context of ongoing institutional and systematic racism, racial colorblindness functions as a method to disconnect from discourses about race and racism totally. This context makes racial colorblindness a particularly problematic concept. (Asare, 2017)