The definition of the word “racism,” according to Merriam-Webster, is and has for a very long time been that it is “a belief that is a fundamental of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”
Under the problematically broad umbrella of today’s pop Critical Race Theory, which is making a troubling rise to prominence in mainstream culture, “racism” is anything that does not, in essence, come from a white person (and a white person specifically) that does not live in full and complete submission to the very narrow precepts of the CRT worldview and absolutely no other perspective, at all, whatsoever.
This is, naturally, why so many are raising the alarm about this radical philosophy that is popping up everywhere from the classroom to, now, Cartoon Network.
The creators of the program “Steven Universe,” Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey, have cut a PSA published to YouTube this week encouraging children to “see color” in order to “be anti-racist.”
“It’s important to SEE people in all their beautiful COLORS. When you see color and the unique experiences that come from it, you can recognize the role racism plays in our culture AND appreciate everyone and their diversity,” the description of the two-minute clip reads.
The video features three characters, one of whom is white, one of whom is black, and one of whom is a purple alien.
It begins with them singing, “colorblindness is our game because everyone’s the same. Everybody join our circle, doesn’t matter if you’re white, or black, or purple,” which the purple character, Amethyst, subsequently objects to.
“Hold up a minute here, who wrote this?” she interjects. “I think it kind of does matter that I’m purple. I mean, I’m purple because I’m literally an alien.”
“Well I’m not an alien, but it definitely matters to me that I’m black,” the black character agrees.
“Yeah, it makes a difference that I’m white,” the white character chimes in, turning to her black companion and dutifully confessing, “I know the two of us get treated very differently.”
“I think people add the black, white or purple thing because adding a fantasy race in there helps distract from the actual racism black people have to deal with,” she speculates.
“Right,” the black character confirms. “My experience with anti-black racism is really specific. Other people of color experience other forms of racism, too. But you won’t see any of that if you don’t see color.”
The alien then puts forward that perhaps the “entire public service announcement could be a ploy to avoid talking about racism altogether.”
She has struck upon it—she’s successfully “deconstructed” the “colorblind” trope in true CRT fashion as, in fact, secretly racist and not an earnest attempt to unify all humankind under one, equal definition of spiritual and moral worth.
“Hey, could we get a rewrite where we appreciate each other without erasing what makes each of us different?” the alien asks in conclusion.
“See color. Be anti-racist,” the PSA concludes.
There is nothing wrong with acknowledging our differences and being kind and compassionate to people of all colors, but to diminish the concept of seeing a person rather than the color of their skin as somehow subtly racist is nothing short of cynicism, and, make no mistake, CRT is indeed very cynical.
The idea of being “colorblind” in order to be anti-racist originates squarely in the universally appealing philosophy of the original Civil Rights Movement, immortalized in the dream of the great Martin Luther King Jr. to live in a nation where every one of God’s creatures is judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Coming from a period of American history when humans were literally being segregated from public facilities and barred from access to the most basic of civil rights due solely to the color of their skin, this dream was inspiring, and subsequently inspired millions to stand up and secure truly equal rights for all Americans.
Teaching children that everything other than a very narrow view on race and racism, borne from posthuman Marxist philosophy, at that, is no way to promote anti-racism. Rather, it will only serve to broaden the gaps that so sadly divide us.