Color Blind (activity & icebreaker)

"Color Blind" (by Clever Black)

If all of us were color blind
I know it’s then we would find
That of the problems facing nations
There’d not be one on race relations.

The color of a fellow’s skin
Is just on top, and very thin
He’s really just the same down under,
But how we treat him makes me wonder.

I asked a preacher—a nice fellow
If souls were black or white or yellow;
He said he thought the soul of a man
Was neither white, nor black, nor tan.

He said he thought that it was true,
From listening to a God he knew
That we would someday, somewhere find
That even Christ was color blind.

Discussion:

Judging others by the color of their skin is a form of stereotyping. Look up this word in a dictionary and discuss any stereotypes you have as well as ones others have made about you. Think about the effect it had on you and on others.

Questions:

■ What do you think it means to be color blind?

■ Do you believe it is possible to be colorblind in today’s society? Would you want to be?

■ What do the colors of people’s skins say about them? Does it accurately describe their personality, intelligence, or ability?

■ Why do people have different skin colors?

■ Can you name a group of people who were persecuted simply because of the color of their skin?

■ Have you ever made judgments about people because of the color of their skin? If so, what did you think? Did you realize you were making assumptions at the time? How did you feel after making that assumption? Please share your experience(s).

■ How do people’s upbringings affect their acceptance of people who are different from themselves?

■ Has anyone ever made an assumption about you based on your race (physical attributes)?

■ What do people’s skin colors mean to you?

■ What does racial profiling mean?

■ What effects do you think racial profiling will have on those who are targeted? What about those who do the profiling—are they wrong?

■ Is racism the only reason nations fight? If not, what other reasons exist?

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