Would you believe it? One of the greatest concepts of diversity and inclusion, The IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) from Star Trek is racist!!
It’s simple Liberalism. Being “Color Blind” and treating everyone the same is evil and demeaning and doesn’t separate the diversity (not celebrate it) enough for the whackos on the Social Justice Diversity & Inclusion Left.
Being diverse means being divided and segregated into your own little pigeon holes and celebrated for their exclusion of everything else that might contaminate them.
Like White Privilege. 🙂
So Star Trek got it wrong. So did Dr Martin Luther King.
Author’s Notes: While this article argues that colorblindness as a concept is problematic, I’d also like to acknowledge that colorblindness as a term is problematic, as it could easily be considered an example of ableist language. In the end, I chose to use the term, but I hope that in ridding ourselves of the concept, we can also rid ourselves of the term.– Jon GreenBerg everydayfeminism.com (2015)
Ablelist language: Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind: Paralyzed. Lame. Crippled. Schizophrenic. Diseased. Sick. Want to launch an insult? The words are seemingly endless: Deaf. Dumb. Blind. Idiot. Moron. Imbecile. Crazy. Insane. Retard. Lunatic. Psycho. Spaz.
Yeah, they are used repeatedly and frequently by Liberals seeking to belittle people who disagree with them. 🙂
In fact, I am asking that people who are marginalized on the basis of the appearance or functioning of their bodies — on the basis of gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, size, age and disability — get together and talk about the ways in which these oppressions weave through one another and support one another.
If you do not want disability used against your group, start thinking about what you’re doing to reinforce ableism in your own speech.
But if you want to apply it to people who who you think are Neanderthal conservatives who disagree with your Social Justice Orwellian BS, free free to let you Freak Flag fly.
So come on, Normal People. Start owning up to what’s yours. And please remember that we disabled folks are people, not metaphors in the service of your cause.
Just like your White Privilege and Microagressions.
Hillary Clinton was confronted Monday night over her “white privilege” at an Iowa Democratic forum hosted by Fusion.
“White privilege is a term that more people are talking openly about these days,” a questioner told Clinton. “Certainly people like me have long understood what it means. Secretary Clinton, can you tell us what the term white privilege means to you? And can you give me an example from your life or career when you think you have benefited from it?”
Clinton replied, “Look, where do I start?”
“I think it is hard when you’re swimming in the ocean to know exactly what is happening around so much as it is when you are standing on the shore just watching,” the former secretary of state added.
Clinton went on to cite her “strong supportive family,” “great experiences growing up” and going to “good public schools” as examples of her “white privilege.”
“I never really knew what was or wasn’t part of the privilege,” she said. “I just knew I was a lucky person.”(BLAZE)
How “racist” is she? 🙂 You can’t know what is or isn’t, because you’re White you’re ALWAYS part of it 24/7/365. 🙂
But back to Infinite Diversity and being Color Blind.
You’ve heard it said before. You might have been the one to say it.
“I don’t see color. I just see people.”
Or maybe: “We are all just people.”
Or it might have been “…” – the sound of silence.
Such comments (and racial avoidance) have a name: colorblindness.
The colorblind approach to race is not an accidental phenomenon; rather, it is the result of an education – a training – that many of us have received, especially White Americans.
Many of us are taught from an early age that talking about race – even just acknowledging race – is a no-no.
In some ways, colorblindness makes sense: Race can be uncomfortable – its mere mention can thicken the air with tension.
Moreover, this country’s racist history is deeply uncomfortable: “Let’s just start fresh in a world where we don’t acknowledge racial differences and, with luck, we can move beyond our racist past. After all, this country is a big melting pot anyway.”
That’s where Liberals learned it. I didn’t.
George Takei (who now rails against the very concepts) also told Big Think that considering Star Trek’s status as a series set in the 23rd century, diversity was a key aspect of the drama. In fact, diversity was key to Roddenberry’s philosophy, as well.
“The strength of this starship lay in its diversity. People of many different backgrounds, many different cultures, many different experiences, many different ethnicities coming together and working in concert as a team.”
Martin Luther King Quotes are racist. Judging a man by the color of his skin IS correct, not the character, according to the Leftist “activists”.
Before I elaborate, please don’t feel judged if you have espoused such an approach in the past.
As I mentioned, how could many of us not do so after years of training?
I wish I could say that about the decades of Liberal brainwashing going in schools today.
I have spent nearly 15 years in public high school classrooms, and my students – particularly my students of color – have provided a wealth of evidence that, when it comes to colorblindness, we desperately require an alternate training.
Liberalism. So vastly superior. So much more “Diverse” and “inclusive” in it’s segregation and exclusiveness of language.
Since it’s the responsibility of White folks to educate ourselves and each other (and not expect people of color to be our trainers), I encourage you take to heart the seven reasons I’ve already been taught:
1. Colorblindness Invalidates People’s Identities
Because of the prevalence and history of racism, just the word “race” can conjure negative connotations.
However, racial oppression (not to mention the flipside, racial advantage and privilege) is just one dimension of race.
Race is also intimately tied to people’s identities and signifies culture, tradition, language, and heritage – genuine sources of pride (and not in the White Pride kind of way).
Like many other factors – gender, religion, socio-economic status – race is a basic ingredient that makes up our being, whether or not you consciously acknowledge its role in your life.
Imagine being forced to suppress one such ingredient that you openly acknowledge and value. Imagine, for example, being forced to let go of your religion. For people whose faith is a fundamental part of their lives, such a thought is unfathomable.
So you have to ostracize, and shame them into it. Very Alinsky. 🙂
Yet doing so for race makes no more sense.
Asked what he appreciates about his race, one student – who describes himself as Japanese, Black, and English – responded, “My race is everything to me.”
For this student, not to mention many others for whom race is a valued part of identity, what would colorblindness leave him with?
Denying people their identities is not racial progress, but rather harkens back to this country’s sordid racist history. Slavery depended on severing the cultural ties of stolen people. The Indian Boarding School movement had similarly devastating effects on Indigenous groups.
True progress will come when White Americans no longer feel threatened by the racial identities of groups of color.
Actually, it had largely already happened but since it didn’t leave in the power in the Liberals vastly superior moral hands they have to divide and conquer with race obsession and make everyone obsessed with it. The very opposite of their stated goal. But exactly what they want as social justice warriors of the faith. Power. Control.Sanctimony.
2. Colorblindness Invalidates Racist Experiences
Colorblind ideology takes race off the table. But for many people of color – as well as for White people who work to dismantle systems of privilege – race is very much on the table. Racism forces it to the tabletop.
Colorblindness just pretends the table is empty.
He missed the entire point didn’t he, in his need for egotistical superiority.
I’ve worked with a Mexican American student who overheard a White American student say, “I hate Mexicans.” I’ve worked with an African American student who endured being called the N-word by a classmate and another Black student mistaken for a drug dealer.
Students of color at the predominately White school in which I work have described themselves as “bad seeds” and “outcasts.”
That would be Christians and Conservatives in the Liberal World. After all, they are all evil and oppressive.
Who benefits when those stories are suppressed?
Liberals. They exploit it.
Most certainly not these students of color, who must swallow their stories and bury their experiences. Beverly Daniel Tatum, author and president of Spelman College, explains that the cost of such silence on students of color is isolation, “self-blame,” and “self-doubt of internalized oppression.”
So the Liberal steps in and says it’s Whitey’s fault and society is to blame. You’re the victim!
Instead, we need an environment where such stories are heard, valued, and then thoroughly addressed.
Unfortunately, colorblindness derails the process of addressing racism before it has even started.
Actually, Liberals have done more to derail it in the last 15-20 years than anyone could ever have imagined.
But they are far to sanctimonious to see it.
3. Colorblindness Narrows White Americans’ Understanding of the World and Leads to Disconnection
White Americans are not the only ones who adopt a colorblind approach to race but, in my experience, they are far more likely to than any other racial group. Ultimately, however, colorblindness hurts them as well.
I explore this topic in much more depth in a previous article. In it, I argue that White Americans who avoid race, a behavior that colorblindness encourages, have a skewed view of the world.
After all, understanding any situation requires multiple points of view. A news story must consider various sides of any conflict to keep itself out of the editorial section.
A court trial could never be considered fair if only the prosecution presented its case. A novel could never be fully understood if we only read about some of the characters.
Novelist, and perhaps coolest-person-ever, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for multiple perspectives so that we avoid what she calls, “the danger of the single story.”
Colorblind ideology limits the stories that get told, keeping White America comfortable, but also keeping racism thriving.
It also causes disconnect. If you are espousing colorblindness, your failure to deeply understand race means you have likely been tripping down a long unnecessary road paved with stereotypes and microaggressions.
See, you knew that was coming, didn’t you… 🙂
And while you may have been banking on the bliss that comes with ignorance, the people who know full well that race really fucking matters — people of all colors — do not trust you.
The result: Colorblindness cuts you off from so much beauty in this world.
No, Liberalism does. That’s why they always want to censor anyone who disagrees with them.
4. Colorblindness Equates Color with Something Negative
The comment “I don’t see color; I just see people” carries with it one huge implication: It implies that color is a problem, arguably synonymous with “I can see who you are despite your race.”
As evidence, note that the phrase is virtually never applied to White people.
In over 40 years of life and nearly 15 years as an anti-racist educator, I have yet to hear a White person say in reference to another White person, “I don’t see your color; I just see you.”
That’s awfully judgmental and racist of you… 🙂 Rather obsessed with White People isn’t he…
In my experience, it is always applied to people of color (nearly always by White people).
For the students of color whose race is core to their identities, the comment effectively causes many to feel “invisible.”
“Then you don’t see me,” one student of color once responded.
Multiracial students who look very White have shared stories of having their faces examined, often by White people, looking for “what else” is in there. The whole scenario assumes white is the norm and the something “else,” the color, is not.
So if a Black kid kills a white kid it’s society’s fault (or the gun or both) but if a White kid kills a black kid it’s “racist”. Unless there’s a Muslim involved then he’s not a Muslim and it’s definitely the gun’s fault.
Altering the scenarios often serves to illuminate the flaws in such comments. For example, I once said to my Jewish wife, “I don’t see your Jewishness; I just see you.” Until I explained my intentions, the experiment did not help our marriage.
Well, that could be because you’re a dick. You have lots of Jewish Friends do you? 🙂
5. Colorblindness Hinders Tracking Racial Disparities
Racial labels and terms are complex, evolving, sometimes limiting, and often problematic. But the problems associated with the colorblindness are arguably far worse. Without being color conscious, we would never know:
- Black preschoolers are three times more likely to be suspended than White students. Preschoolers. This data from a federal study has prompted some to rename the school-to-prison pipeline the preschool-to-prison pipeline.
The lack of discipline and one parent families has nothing to do with it. Not to mention the social welfare state. 🙂
- In Seattle, despite making up just a tiny fraction of the district population, Native American students had a “push-out” rate (more commonly known as “drop-out” rate) of 42% during the 2011-2012 school year.
Well, California fixed that problem. You don’t even need to pass any tests to get a diploma. You just show up and it’s yours. Now that’s a vastly superior way of doing it. 🙂
- In the school district in which I work, Seattle Public Schools, Black middle school students are nearly four times more likely to suspended than White students, a disparity that prompted a federal investigation by the Department of Education.
But the part about black on violence being so much higher than white on black or black on white is irrelevant because it doesn’t fit the Agenda.
It’s all about Race. Not behavior or discipline.
Unfortunately, deep racial disparities are not limited to education.
Yeah, Liberals have screwed up just about every aspect of life in their need for control perfection.
If a person’s race truly shouldn’t matter – which I acknowledge most people are trying to communicate when they espouse colorblindness – then such disparities wouldn’t exist.
But since you have to have them exist to justify your sanctimony…
With such staggering disparities, again I ask: Who benefits when we ignore such racial categories? Certainly not those most negatively affected.
Liberals. They eat up the benefits of victimization and demonetization based on color.
They live off it. They make careers out of it. They make Millions on it.
6. Colorblindness Is Disingenuous
If you are saying “I don’t see color; I just people,” I’m sorry, but I just don’t believe you.
Because ALL YOU SEE IS COLOR and your ideology prevents you from seeing anything else. There can’t be “moral” outrage about racist White People if their is no racism so you create it and fuel it so that you prove your self right in your egotistical self-fulfulling prophecy of victimization.
You expect racism. So you see it everywhere.
Essentially, you are saying that that you don’t notice any difference between Lupita Nyong’o and, say, Anne Hathaway, two similarly aged actresses who I’m betting have never been confused for each other. They are both just people, exactly the same.
Yeah, they are Human Beings. Homo Sapiens.
But there’s no ideological succor in them not hating each other over race. No ego stroke if they get along and see each other as equals.
Nope can’t have that. White People are evil. End of Story.
Really? Again, I just don’t believe you. And Idris Elba playing James Bond won’t ruffle any feathers, right? (Just like no one noticed when he played a Norse god in Thor.) (actually I didn’t care, how racist of me).
Was it really just openly racist people who objected to these casting choices or were they joined by proponents of colorblindness?
To you they are the same.
All White People Are Racists. End of Story.
Or when you see a group of Black youth walking toward you on the sidewalk, you feel the exact same feeling as when it’s group of White youth?
Wow, generalize much? Oversimplify. Stereotyping. That’s rather racist of you. 🙂
Though the concept of race is a social construct and ever changing, let’s just be honest that those of us who can see really do see the physical differences (skin, hair, eye shape) commonly associated with what we call “race.” If you are choosing colorblindness to avoid being racist, you have chosen the wrong strategy.
But if you’ve chose color blindness because the color of a person’s skin is actually irrelevant and content of their character is more important, just remember, you’re a racist. 🙂
7. Colorblind Ideology Is a Form of Racism
In fact, just a few years ago, Psychology Today published an article titled “Colorblind Ideology Is a Form of Racism.” See?
Wow, And Star Trek says Color Blind is NOT a form of Racism, will you believe that or the article that confirms your bias? 🙂
Colorblindness is far more of a threat to racial justice than White Supremacists (who seem to be quite color conscious). After all, if you can’t discuss a problem, how can you ever solve it?
Its’ Liberals who refuse to discuss it. They yell “racism” at the drop of any hat, thus cutting off any rational discussion. Then censor you for daring to challenge them.
Yeah, “open minded” Liberals are very closed minded when it come to people disagressing with their Sanctimony.
As Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun famously wrote, “To overcome racism, one must first take race into account.”
But if you don’t believe Blackmun, just ask PBS, arguably the least controversial resource a teacher can ever hope to use in the classroom. On the website of the PBS series, The Power of an Illusion, it is written in no uncertain terms: “Colorblindness will not end racism.”
Liberals will never end racism. They need it, like a drug. They can’t live without it. They have to have more an more of it and they have to create more and more of it to satisfy their egos and their Agenda.
The very last thing a Liberal would ever do is end racism. For if they did, their entire view of reality would cease to exist and they would be adrift in a sea of their own dementia. That and a Liberal never allows themselves to be wrong. About anything. Ever.
They are Homo Superior Liberalis, a vastly superior form of life and you pathetic hateful little peons are so beneath their contempt and it’s their job to destroy you for the good of their species. They must rule over with absolute power because you are evil and can’t be trusted. You are children who must be lead and control with absolute authority.
They are Good. You are Evil. That’s all there is to know, in their minds, and all that you should know.
And you have to be Evil for the mere fact that you don’t think they are the All Consuming Good of Mankind.
Hallejuah! Praise Alinsky!
Diversity in Segregation
Inclusion in Exclusion
Fear is Hope
Freedom is Slavery.
But the Left embrace that view. It’s their power.