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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by Latoya Peterson tagged colorblindideology

"So when it comes to the dubious concept of “reverse racism,” I’m a literalist. “Reverse” means to go in the opposite direction. So in my book, “reverse racism” means reversing all the damages of racism. Only problem is, racism, once it has occurred, can’t truly be reversed.

"But remedying racism cannot be confused with reversing it. Sadly and soberingly, 'reversing racism,' much like 'post-racialism,' is just not possible. To talk about either is delusional and disingenuous. There’s too much water, and blood, under the bridge."

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"After a week-long trip to the United States, ten members of France’s ANELD, an advocacy group representing elected local officials from ethnic and religious minorities, have returned home with a message: it’s time for France to compile statistics on its ethnically diverse population.

"ANELD’s vision of breaking down French society into numbers has been quickly dismissed by the president of France’s High Council on Integration (Haut Conseil à l’Integration or HCI), Patrick Gaubert, who issued a statement on July 22 saying, 'For the HCI, there is no need to count French citizens or residents by the community they belong to and/or racial categories to fight against discrimination'."

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"There is an incredible new study out, which confirms the inherent weakness and actual dangers of colorblindness as a way to challenge racism. According to the researchers from Northwestern, Stanford and Tufts, taking a colorblind approach with young children — such as instructing them to “focus on what makes us similar” rather than dealing constructively with difference and challenging bias directly — actually reduces the likelihood that those young people will recognize discriminatory behavior when it occurs, or seek to do something about it."

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"Unfortunately the pattern is all too common. If people of color complain about racism and discrimination in rural Georgia, no one is surprised. In fact, to many the image is comforting as it fulfills every stereotype, regional and political, that so many folks continue to carry around regarding who the bad guys are.

But suggest that racism and discrimination are also significant problems in more 'progressive spaces,' even among self-proclaimed liberals and leftists themselves—and that it might be unearthed in our political movements—and prepare to be met with icy stares, or worse, a self-righteous vitriol that seeks to separate 'real racism' (the right-wing kind) from not-so-real racism (the kind we on the left sometimes foster). And know that before long, someone will admonish you to focus on the 'real enemy,' rather than fighting amongst ourselves. 'What we need is unity,' these voices say, 'and all that talk about racism on the left just divides us further.'”

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“I wanted to see whether color-blind racial attitudes played a role in condoning images,” she said. “What we found is that the color-blind ideal commonly socialized and valued among whites may actually be detrimental to race relations on college campuses.”

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