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Abagond

“I don’t see colour, I just see a human being” is something racist White Americans say. It sounds high-minded and anti-racist to them and they probably mean well, but it is like saying:

  • I don’t see a woman, I just see a human being.
  • I don’t see a Frenchman, I just see a human being.
  • I don’t see my friend, I just see a human being.
  • I don’t see a cat, I just see a mammal.

As if there is something wrong with being a woman or a Frenchman or one’s friend or a cat. Or a person of colour. As if there is something so wrong in not being white that white people must somehow overlook that supposed fault to accept others.

The idea is that being different is bad, that to be accepted you have to be seen as the same somehow. That in the end white…

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