Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Are You Color Blind Or Color Brave?

I would just like to start off with saying how Mellody Hobson kept my attention throughout the presentation. She also brought attention to a sensitive topic in the most light hearted way possible, bringing in her own story. When Hobson stated that she was mistaken for kitchen help I was shocked, I am sure that she had several stories in which she was treated differently because of her race but this story is what hit the hardest. It is crazy how people can think that just because of her race that she is not a successful woman and that she is kitchen help. She spoke about invisibility as how America is color blind. Color blindness in America is when people ignore the fact that there are different races in America. America chooses to treat races as if they are not there, we choose to see people not as they are but how the bias wants us to treat them. Hobson wants us to be color brave, she recommends that we recognize all race, recognize the racism and try to do something to change a person's way of thinking in order to change this racism. 
As Hobson said we need to become "comfortable being uncomfortable" because we as a country need to accept others no matter their race. YIA is a place where youth can meet with peers and talk so no one feels the invisibility factor. I have felt the invisibility that Hobson talked about, not exactly in the same manner. Due to how long it takes me to come out of my shell, I feel invisible at the beginning of any relationship weather it is professional or not. Creating a safe space for children to express themselves is what YIA does.

1 comment:

  1. The quote "becoming uncomfortable to be comfortable" is a real eye opener. I think it is necessary to over step your comfort zone and speak up in order to be heard. It is such a simple quote with such deep meaning.