"Worldchanging" Reading p 307-368
I didn't get a ton from this reading this week. It was long, and I feel like I zoned in and out, catching a lot of it. LIke the previous reading, I felt like I knew about a lot of the initiative and statistic the book provided. Such as the statistical data on the Nordic countries being baller at pretty much social-everything, and the OLPC, and tech gaps, and some developing world technologies. It didn't make or encourage me to think outside of the information is provided. Similar to the previous reading, this book might've been an excellent resource in 2006, but it is 2017, and this information already effectively disseminated in my communities. For someone who has never had this information, I bet it would be eyeopening and revolutionary, but for me, it just repeated what I already knew.
"I don't see color"
From the "So you say you're not a rascits" Zine.
I have often felt that the phrase "I don't see color" is insinuated in a negative way when it is frequently not intended as it is received. In a conversation, I had with Jackson (my partner), when I brought up my irritation at the seeming lack of understanding in this phrases we came up with a few situation of how it is applied and just creates something for white people to be angry at to show that they support black rights.
First, my understanding of the phrase "I don't see color" doesn't automatically disregard the path any person has had to the spot they currently stand. Instead, "I don't see color" meaning that the color of a person skin will not affect their treatment of them. Which is what equality is all about, right? Treating everyone equal, regardless of their color, religion, gender or sexuality and rather the content of them as a person or their skill as a professional. I can certainly see how this could be misconstrued, or be perceived as offensive, but people get offended when someone tells them "you look nice today," as this would indicate that they did not look nice other days. Reacting negatively to a person "not seeing color" seems like a similar reaction to being offended by someone saying you look nice.
Turning it on its head, if someone didn't see my whiteness, what would I miss? LIke would they forget that I like Christmas but don't know Jesus or get a crazy bad sunburn if I'm outside for more than 30 minutes? That's ok to me. But I don't know what it means to black people. But would be different? If anyone has any experience, let me know because I am curious, and I am wrong for a reason based on logic rather than emotion, I would like know so I can change my opinion.
Of course, people are offended by a myriad of trivialities intended as positive declarations, and I am white, so what I say will likely be discounted in this conversation, and that's ok. Also because about three people will read this blog post, but I wish we could treat each other as if we don't see color.
I was kind excited, and then that waned. Another girl said that her dance community was dance team... Which is like the cheerleading of the sports world, it counts, but not entirely. One of the girls int he group got immediately hooked on the idea of doing a flash dance, which isn't the point o this class... Its to design something, and while choreographing is designing a dance, it really shouldn't count in this way. I was hoping to do something more productive or informational, where you could provide information on common injuries, and more good stretches or something like that. I hate group projects with a vengeance.