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What I Learned On My Journey To Live In Color

I can’t claim to be the greatest living color critic, but what I can do and what I can teach you is help people see how they might want to see themselves when they see a variety of colors on a range of skin tones. I’ve written this article to help motivate people to find a greater sense of joy. There’s no way to make up for a lack of joy. But there is a way to make up for the absence of joy. This article might help.

It’s my hope to inspire people to think differently about their world and their place in it. And so it has been with my journey to live in color. I’ve seen people with brown skin, white skin, black skin, and others. I’ve seen women of all age groups. I’ve seen women of all kinds of cultures. And for me, I see that color is not just skin deep. It’s much easier for everyone to see if people look like themselves. It’s one thing to see an African-American female and another to see an Asian-American female. Both can be challenging for people whose sense of what “African American” and “Asian American” means might be different. I have found that sometimes white people might not see people with brown skin, but not everyone experiences the same level of discrimination. So I’m trying to provide a way for everyone to see each other to a greater level of acceptance. I hope this is helpful for you and your family members.

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When I started writing my latest blog post a little sooner today than usual (a week ago?) it really struck me that when I’m doing anything else or feeling anything else, I have the most amazing memories; but when it comes to color, it doesn’t seem so cool. I do feel that I’ve got pretty good memory for everything else, but with color I just seem to have the hardest time making a decision for the future. So I was searching, but not finding an explanation. So I started searching again. My search found me the following, “What are your thoughts and experiences with color? Have you experienced color-related stress?” Then my search went deeper and I found this, “The color-mind model offers insight for those facing color difficulties.” So it was clear to me that I had to find an answer. Now I’m just getting started (I have a lot of catching up to do).

It’s been so exciting to see people’s responses to this post. I’ve received almost a dozen messages from people offering their opinions. And I’ve seen many other people commenting on color and color-related issues as well. So many that I’d like to add a few more comments about the issues.  

I’m not sure if my experiences are universal for white people, but I certainly think my white male counterparts would be very receptive and proud to read this. After all, it really helped me to understand that racism is not a singular belief system. You can be racist, or be against racism, as long as I’m with you, I’ll believe you. I can’t be as accepting as you, so we have some challenges ahead of us. But I do hope that you can respect my perspective and find a way to forgive, forgive, forgive. This post has helped me to become aware of my own and hopefully others’ prejudices and fears. For the record, I’m definitely not racist, but I certainly do have issues with color-bias. I’m afraid of it and I just don’t know how to deal with it. I’m so glad that everyone is so understanding, so encouraging, that I finally have a place to feel better about it. And I’m glad I don’t have to keep reliving the same things every time I see myself or someone of any race.

I’m not going to try to deny that color can be a very divisive topic. It isn’t about trying to convince people who are against us that color doesn’t mean anything to them. However, it is important for white people who don’t see themselves in color to know that it does. I’m a white male writer who lives in a predominantly “white” city to realize that my skin color (and the color of my writing on the Internet) does mean something and that other people see me and I see me as white. It’s important to know that you can see others as white and know that you aren’t. There are so many of us in the world and I want all people to know that we are there for them, to know that we can bring joy and joy to everyone.