Episode #49 Be Color Brave

We’ve all heard someone say, “I’m color blind,” – words intended to portray a noble obliviousness to skin color. This week Anthony King and Dr. Michael Brown discuss a better path toward racial equality – not ignoring our differences but celebrating them.

Show Notes

I’ve had experiences with professors where I thought that I could be myself, and I thought that I could be comfortable. But when I let that barrier down to show people the true Tony, it ends up biting me in the back.
Anthony King

Three Problems

  • Colorblindness when it comes to race is not actually possible.
  • Claims of colorblindness create distance rather than unity.
  • Attempting to assimilate into cultures that do not reflect our own identities can be emotionally taxing.

Three Principles

  • Color and culture should not be ignored but embraced.
  • Tackling the problem of racism in our world requires us to acknowledge that race exists and that it matters.
  • Black history is an important part of American history, even when it is not adequately taught in many schools.

Three Practices

  • Courageously enter into conversations about race and diversity instead of cautiously avoiding them.
  • Consider the question, “How can I help Black individuals in my life to feel free to be themselves in my presence?”
  • Leverage opportunities to explore and celebrate cultures that are different from your own.