Colour Blindness, Affirmative Action and Abigail Fisher

An excerpt from an article about the Supreme Court’s ruling to hear renewed arguments  in the Fisher v. UT case written for The National Student.

The new mantra of ‘colour blindness’, touted as the most progressive shift in race relations since the abolishment of slavery, is one that is extremely flawed. As much as black and minority ethnic groups would love to wake up one day to a world devoid of discrimination, you cannot wish away years of injustices and stereotypes that are deeply ingrained into society. The implicit biases we all carry around cannot be magically removed because we say so. As Ta’Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic says “Race is not the problem, racism is”.  The only people who can be colour blind are those for whom race never comes into question.

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