The Problem With #ThisisnotUS

Real Talk With Ria

Many of us are outraged at the events that occurred in Charlottesville. Many of us want to speak out and help those affected by those events. However, tweeting #ThisisnotUS doesn’t help, but contributes to the problem.

Firstly, it contributes to the trap of “Color blindness”. Color blindness is the idea that, in order to fight discrimination, we must see everyone as an equal, disregarding race. However, this is an unrealistic approach to a problem that’s plagued America for decades. By erasing the color of a person’s skin, you are erasing their history and culture. Color blindness allows privileged people to ignore the fact that a problem exists, because how can a racial problem exist without race?

Though difficult to accept, America’s racist and has been racist since its founding. We are founded on the genocide of Native Americans and the horrors of slavery; as time passed we saw the Chinese…

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