Would That We Be Racially Color-blind?

The gist of the question presented to the main guest speaker of a panel discussion was “Would that we be racially color-blind?” The setting was a gathering of approximately 5 or 6 churches for a special day. It was Unity Day. All the same denomination, some churches were predominately Black, some well-mixed. A few were mixed with the largest percentage being white.

The Opposite of Racism

The idea of the question seemed to suggest that the opposite of racism must be to not acknowledge color at all. Would that solve America’s racial woes? We live in a world, with an array of flowers, beautifully colored. They often delight the travels along several interstates. Some yellow, some orange, occasionally a batch of all different colors. Standing on my deck, I can quickly identify the cardinal and its mate, the peregrine falcon, and various species of owls. “The point is that there is nothing inherently racist or biased about identifying groups as having a race or ethnicity. (Linker, 2015)

The Garden of Races and Ethnicity

Growing up in Mount Vernon, NY, I never experienced racism as I did when going to college or living in the south. I enjoyed the garden of races and ethnicity. I loved the dialects. Trying to learn patois from my Jamaican friends was fun. The plethora of variety in the food department was delectable. I love rice. Peas and rice, rice and beans, Spanish rice, or fried rice. I remember my stepmom making a delicious vegetarian curry chicken casserole over yellow rice. Wow!

Would That We Be Racially Color-blind?

Would that we be racially color-blind? No! There is a solution! God’s Way. Consequently, when God created this world, he made everything with variety. When He finished, he called it, “VERY GOOD.” (Genesis 1:31) If you were desperately in need of blood, whether you are willing to admit or not, you could receive blood from almost anywhere in the world and live. The perspective needed will involve “intellectual empathy” …cognitive-affective elements of thinking about identity and social difference. (Linker, 2015).

Linker, M. (2015). Intellectual Empathy — Critical Thinking for Social Justice. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

President, Director at Adam Restored Ministries, Inc.

Charlton Alexander, the founder of Adam Restored Ministries, Inc., is passionate about reaching others who may not know that depth of love that God has for fallen humanity.He believes gender, marital, and sexual wholeness can be achieved when one’s eye is single toward God’s glory.

Originally published at adamrestoredministries.org on June 9, 2017.