I used to feel enlightened regarding racism when I could proudly say I was colorblind. I enjoyed interacting with people of different color or ethnicity. I felt comfortable.  I felt nonjudgmental.

That was until I learned more about diversity and systemic racism. Now I know that when I am “colorblind” to someone whose skin is darker than mine, I am discounting who they really are. I am refusing to acknowledge that their life experiences are different from mine. I am choosing to see them as just like me. What an insult to them and a loss to me!

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