Presented by: E Pluribus Unum

The Fallacy of Racial Colorblindness

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
5pm ET/ 4pm CT

On both individual and community levels, there are many lies we tell ourselves about race and racism. Moving toward reconciliation means we have to be honest with ourselves.

In this conversation, we will explore what people really mean when they say they “don’t see color” and how we can express our genuine desire to be free from racial prejudice without denying the realities in front of us.

Can a person ever truly be “colorblind” when it comes to the complex issues of racism and bias? How is it harmful to claim to “not see color?” What if “seeing color” isn’t actually a bad thing, and pretending to be colorblind actually blinds us to the power and beauty of the diversity around us?

Watch the whole conversation below.

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Samantha Vincenty

Senior Writer, Oprah Daily

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Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Ph.D. Headshot

Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Ph.D.

James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, Duke University

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Dr. Megan R. Underhill, Ph.D. Headshot

Dr. Megan R. Underhill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina Asheville

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Mitch Landrieu

Founder and President, E Pluribus Unum

Former Mayor of New Orleans
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Conversations for an Equitable South encompasses all of the conversation series E Pluribus Unum has produced and will produce in the future. We will bring together some of our country’s great thinkers, activists, advocates, and leaders on the issues of race and equity in the American South. These conversations will provide a space to discuss the lasting impact racism has had on people and institutions and, as a result, will inspire action with the intention of creating racial equity within our communities.