I often hear 'I don’t see color' when discussing race with people

Why is that offensive? Acknowledging skin color matters. It reassures the Black community that other people recognize us and accept us for who we are. Acknowledging differences and embracing diversity instead of falsely ignoring a person's cultural and racial background is the first step to opening conversations about colorism.

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People have a preconception — and a devotion — toward certain skin tones. In effect, your skin pigment determines your sense of identity and value. Colorism and racism are not the same, but a clear relationship exists between the two. I often consider colorism a subliminal form of racism.