While it’s admirable for you to want to focus on the individuals, our race, religion, gender, and cultures — and the struggles we face in connection to them — are a part of what MAKES us individuals.
Unfortunately, most people who are at a disadvantage in our society see “color-blindness” or “sex-blindness” as an unenlightened and convenient/lazy approach of people who have nothing at stake.
It’s convenient to overlook someone’s background as a member of an under-represented group.
It’s convenient to ignore the issues facing that group, or to only have a shallow understanding of them.
Progressivism demands that we not ignore what makes us different, but to accept it and celebrate it as a part of an individual.