Some well-meaning colleagues say they are colour blind and treat everyone the same. How can I explain that this isn’t the best approach?
We should try and be as equitable as possible, yes, but it’s important to remember that people still have different experiences based on their race. To be ‘colourblind’ means that you are not recognising the unique perspective and experiences someone may have because of their race. To be ‘colourblind’ would be to not recognise the daily microaggressions, biases and discrimination people of colour face both in and out of the workplace. It’s essential to recognise race so that we can mitigate negative experiences and biases people experience because of it.