One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone says they don’t see color or that the are “color blind” when it comes to race.
I get it. The person saying it is usually trying to say that the color of someone’s skin does not shape their opinions of them or how they view them. That is a great concept and that’s how it should be. However, that’s not the way to express it.
Saying that you don’t see color is actually I microaggression. While your intention is to say that you won’t stereotype for the way that they look, the impact is that you’re denying to acknowledge a part of someone’s identity.
At the end of the day yes you can “see color” when you look at someone so there’s no reason to feel that you should claim that you don’t. Skin color is one of the first things that you can see about someone. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s what you think, do, or say afterward that matters.