If You Are Not Racist Then Why Bring Up Race?

People love to proudly announce they are not racist, and in their heads, they are in no way racist, yet those same people will tell you a story about an incident they had with a person and if they are not the same race as themselves, they will more than likely mention the other person’s race.

I read a blog post recently where a woman was describing an incident where she was alone on a train platform and two “latino” rail workers appeared out of no where and where standing a little way from her. She later realized that they were guarding her until the train pulled in and not a danger.

I wondered what was the relevance of the racial reference. Was it necessary to her story? Was it a subconscious indication that at first she felt threatened because they were hispanic? Would she have mentioned their race had they been two tall blond blue eyed Swedes, other than possibly to say how gorgeous they were and because they were white, subconsciously they were not a threat?

The fact of mentioning race to describe someone means that you are still seeing through race colored glasses. Why do you need to describe a person by their skin color? A person’s race has no relevance on their behavior.

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Written by Basil Rene

I maintain two separate blogs. One is LifeAsAnAnomaly.com where I discuss my life with sarcoidosis and the other is AChefTalksFood.blog, where as the name implies, I talk about food.

8 comments

  1. So true! And how often I have heard people “brag” about how they have a “black” friend or a “Latino” friend as if somehow they makes them not a racist. But the very fact that they qualify that friend by color they have made race an issue.

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  2. Is that job application that asks about your race and national origin racist? Is it sexist too? Are the police racist when they ask you to describe the victim of a crime or a missing person?

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    1. Job application? Yes. What does the color of someone’s skin matter towards their job? You are hiring a person or a race?. As for police asking a race that obviously is a different matter. You need to know the color of skin for description of a criminal. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

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    2. Oh my word. This comment could only come from a racist! The author clearly is stating about it being mentioned when it does not need to be. Obviously you would describes a person’s skin and hair color when it is relevant. Otherwise it is not. This was such a troll comment.

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  3. We as Americans are consumed by race because it has been used to oppress, discriminate, segregate and substantiate prejudicial behavior. I would rather a person see my race and see my humanity than to pretend to be color-blind and stand by silent whilst supporting supremacy and the status quo. It’s a double edge sword.

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