I’ve been shying away from writing this entry but I’ve finally been moved to just get it out of my head.
I’m always a little taken aback when someone says to me they don’t see color. I’ve heard people of every race and color utter these words. The reason these words give me pause is because I’m apt to believe if these people do not see color then they don’t see me.
When I look at the rainbow I see all the colors that make up the sum of the whole. Ok, I may not be able to distinguish every single color but I’m sure you catch my drift. I see the different colors and appreciate that it takes all of these colors to produce this great visual effect. Each is its own separate color. Each color doesn’t have to blend into the other colors to be of significance. In fact they are of significance because they are each distinct. If they all blended into each other there would then not be this thing we know as a rainbow.
We can appreciate a rainbow by recognizing that each color contributes to the whole and that one color is no more or less important than the other. We do not have to minimize or elevate any one color to give significance to the whole. We recognize each color as playing an important role and we accept it.
We do not then need to say we do not see color to prove that we accept each other as human beings. We should acknowledge that we are different shades but that we are all part of the whole. I see my color every time I look at myself or I look at my reflection in the mirror. We should not judge each other by the color of our skin but we can’t ignore that a variety of skin colors exist.