“If the (color)blind lead the (color)blind, both will fall into a pit.”

Monday Morning Theology

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When it comes to bridging the racial divide in our nation I hear a lot of well-meaning people suggest that society needs to become “colorblind” in order to move beyond racial tension. By this they mean that we should refuse to view each other as persons of color; that we should not acknowledge that we are black people, or white people, or brown people- but that we are simply people. The effort here is to emphasize our shared humanity rather than divide ourselves based on mere externals.

I see this as noble but misguided because to deemphasize our color is to deemphasize an important part of our individual humanity. We must not elevate our shared humanity at the expense of our individual humanity; both can be held in tension without one superseding the other.

God has made us in many different shades and colors and to practice colorblindness is to…

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