The creators of a Cartoon Network show for tween-age children have cut a PSA urging children to forsake the idea of being “colorblind” to confront racism and rather to “see color.”
Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey of “Steven Universe” produced the two-minute clip, which was published to YouTube this week.
It features three characters who begin the skit singing a song about their three respective colors: black, white, and purple.
“Colorblindness is our game because everyone’s the same. Everybody join our circle, doesn’t matter if you’re white, or black, or purple,” they sing.
At this point, the alien character, Amethyst, interrupts.
“I think it kind of does matter that I’m purple,” she notes. “I mean, I’m purple because I’m literally an alien.”
The other characters agree.
The black character explains that “it definitely matters to me that I’m black.”
“Yeah, it makes a difference that I’m white,” the white character chimes in. “I know the two of us get treated very differently,” she adds to her black counterpart.
The white character then makes her assessment: perhaps trying to be “colorblind” is in fact, in itself, also subtly racist.
“I think people like the black, white, or purple thing, because adding a fantasy race in there helps distract from the actual racism black people have to deal with,” she declares, although any attempt to substantiate how this might be the innermost thoughts of those perpetuating the idea of “colorblindness” is curtailed.
The black character agrees, explaining that she experiences a specific form of racism and that “but you won’t see any of that if you don’t see color.”
“See color, be anti-racist!” the PSA concludes.
There is nothing wrong with acknowledging the experiences of those who have been the recipient of racism, but the best way to avoid racism is not to always assume that someone is racist base on the color of their skin.
That is, in itself, racist. The best way to avoid racism is to treat everyone as though the color of their skin does not determine their worth and treating all people with the same lovingkindness Christ calls us all to.
True love doesn’t see color—because it regards us all as equally loved and valued by our Creator.
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