The article above was introduced to me recently by one of my friends. While I was going to write about something different this week, this article captured me. Entitled “I, too, am Harvard” you see a preview of a photo project from 21 students of color who attend Harvard university. Each is holding a black dry erase board which dons a common phrase that they often hear and has in some way effected them. Thinking about what we have been talking about in class I realized how much of the quotes I heard, or been through. While I respect the work that these students are doing to stand up against institutional racism, I wanted to go deeper into the things that are being presented.
One of the quotes that struck me the most was “I don’t see color…so does that mean you don’t see me.” The adaptation of the colorblind ideology within our societies only fosters the inclusions of people of color and denies systematic racism. Everyone sees color, as we have talked about in class it is not something you can’t not see.
Another quote that stuck me stated “your lucky to be black its so easy to get into college.” Believing that blacks are incapable of achieving positions of merit on their own is another example of systematic racism that our society is plagued by.
I could go on a rant with every photo that is shown but I would like to know which photo quotes struck others the most.