“I don’t see race” (Online writings)

Is colorblindness the same as equality?  Is diversity the same is equality?  Is equality the same as equity?  Where does fairness and justice fit into this discussion

 

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33 thoughts on ““I don’t see race” (Online writings)

  1. Colorblindness in a sense is the same as equality because you’re not letting color affect how you treat people; therefor you treat everyone the same (equality). Colorblindness makes your viewpoints on others more fair and less prejudice, thus leading to higher rates of equality and justice.

    Diversity is not necessarily the same as equality, but it doesn’t imply racism either. Diversity is a positive thing, because it combines different cultures and backgrounds,but it unfortunately doesn’t always lead to equality.

    • While I do agree with your statement that both colorblindness and equality means that a person’s color affect how you treat people, I don’t agree that both are exactly the same. Colorblindness is essentially ignoring a person’s identity (aka their color). Equality, on the other hand, means accepting people for who they are (aka their identities; one major part is their color).

      You may or may not agree with my opinion, but I think saying that colorblindness and equality are the same is incorrect.

  2. In one way we could say that colorblindness leads to equality, but I don’t think this means that it necessarily equals equality. Seeing color is one aspect of the preconceived notions we have about other humans, but there are other characteristics that people to draw on to make judgements as well. Since color of skin is obviously the easiest to spot we tend to focus more on that thus making colorblindness a helping hand toward equality.

    I don’t think diversity necessarily means equality either; however, diversity tends to be seen as a more positive thing in general. A more diverse group of people tend to be more understanding of other races, cultures, etc, and having diversity helps break down walls of racism. Again diversity is a step in the right direction of equality, but I don’t think that it would be a fair statement to say that diversity is inevitably equality.

    The harsh reality of the situation is that what’s fair and just can often be overlooked based on a person’s skin color. This is why colorblindness would have an overall positive effect in the ability of our world to accept diversity rather than shun it.

      • I think that it possibly in a way could lead to inequality if people think that simply by having this trait of “colorblindness” then equality exists. I believe it takes more than just not noticing skin color to get to equality. Sexism still exists to some extent, as well as persecution based on religion.

    • The only issue I have with this argument is that wouldn’t true equality be accepting people regardless of skin color? If we practice colorblindness then we blind ourselves to important aspects of other peoples lives. A true understanding of someone incorporates all aspects of their lives. Regardless you had a well written and thought out post.

  3. Colorblindness will never produce equality, true equality is viewing the entirety of someone as they are, their differences are a part of them. By ignoring their differences we simply pretend that everyone is the same. We should be able to describe someone as Black or White without worrying about offense being taken. The problem with this in regard to equality is that we treat people differently based on minute unimportant differences. Such as skin color.

    Diversity is not the same as equality, but are rather two things that we attempt to incorporate in society at the same time. Diversity is a differences among people. and equality is an equal standing among people. These two ideals are complements that we attempt to achieve simultaneously. However often we manage to incorporate one into our societies but not the other. We may have a diverse nation but it is certainly lacking complete equality.

    Equity can be justified as fairness between people. where as equality is closer to equalness between people. Equity is considered to be justice, where as fairness would be equality between all people.

    We face a problem where we allow these terms to seem like the same thing when they really are not. We have changed the laws so that equity is improved between all races. However true equality is often scarce. Constructively we use words that imply improvement without any real results behind them.

    How great it is that the ruling class can say they have incorporated diversity into America without actually having provided equality. Or that we can say we are colorblind which is mere escape tactic from an issue. We can give people all the equity they want, as long as we do not have to give them equality.

    • I am in favor of you your opinion, especially the last sentece. I think everyone should treat people equally, but we should not misunderstand the slight difference between equity and equality.

  4. Colorblindness is different from equality. When I think of colorblindness, I think of people not thinking about race or differentiating people by the color of their skin in other words, ignoring it. However with equality you accept that there are different races or people of different skin color and you are accepting of them. You treat everyone equally regardless of their color. Colorblindness doesn’t see the difference of colors, equality sees that people are different but doesn’t judge them based off it.

    • Would you agree though that no matter what, people judge based on appearance? We judge people all the time based on aspects such as gender, clothing, body build, etc. How do you think equality should be created keeping in mind that judgement will never be stifled?

    • So are you saying that you think the practice of ‘colorblindness” as a racial view is a valid alternative or somehow equal to your definition of equality?

  5. Equality in itself is the act in which we do not consider differences between people as a means to exclude others. Colorblindness, on the other hand, is not the same as equality because it completely ignores the uniqueness of an individual’s persona and background; like saying everyone is the same which is completely ignorant and ill-informed. Recognizing the diversity of people and their distinctive qualities for the sake of appreciation and acknowledgement instead of exclusion or privilege is an important part to what the picture of equality should be.
    In the first chapter of “Race: in an Era of Change,” Michael Omi and Howard Winant say we need to define race as “a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different human bodies,” instead an “essence” or an “illusion”. In other words, don’t think of race with colorblindness or with concrete, biological origin.
    Equity is a synonym to justice, but does equality mean justice? In order to be fair and just in the institutional sense, we need to reach a point where race is defined as a social label rather than a biological means to lump people into categories. Race, in a practical sense, is inequality because it fosters the idea that certain people be given more or less access to the same resources and livelihood. To make equality a reality, we as a society need to recognize the differences in people as valuable insight into where we might not have insight, but not as reasons to define a group people as all having specific qualities applied to the group as a whole. People are individuals, not a number in a group assigned by physical features.

  6. I think that the only thing that is both fair and just is equality. In my opinion, what we should all be striving for is equality, not colorblindness. Colorblindness is choosing not to “see” the color of one’s skin when in contact with someone. Although this is a good first step, I think that we can do more. A lot of people are proud of the color of their skin. It’s a part of who they are. Although the doll study showed that many young children chose a white doll over a black doll, I think that when these children who thought they preferred one race over another grow up, they will be proud of the color of their skin. Diversity and equality is not the same thing. Diversity is taking note of different cultural backgrounds and striving to have a wide variety present at any given time. Equality is the way you treat people and diversity is a goal. I think that in society we focus all too often on colorblindness and not on equality. We have been taught to ignore race and not bring it up. We have been told that it is rude to ask someone a question regarding their race or to even bring up race at all. People think that we are not racist but I would argue that this is not true. Are people ridiculed because of their race? No. But, are people comfortable talking about race? No. In my opinion, colorblindness is worse than racism. Colorblindness is choosing not to even care about a person’s cultural background, a huge part of who they are. I think that we as a society and as a nation need to move away from colorblindness and towards equality.

  7. Colorblindness, in itself, will never fully lead to equality. The meaning of the word “colorblindness” in terms of today’s society is ignoring people’s race and trying to give equal opportunities to everyone. That is essentially ignoring a large chunk of a person’s identity. Equality, on the other hand is more complex. Equality tries to get everyone on the same level on the playing field as each other by giving more opportunities to those who need it more, while letting those that have more success deal with their situations themselves. Essentially, equality has more to do with the end goal of getting everyone on the same level while colorblindness deals with more specific situations and giving the same opportunities to everyone, regardless of whether they need more or less of it.

    Diversity and equality are two completely different things, but one eventually leads to the other. Diversity is having varying groups of people (primarily different races) in a community. These varied groups will inevitability lead to inequality in terms of social status, etc. That in turn will prompt that community to push for more equality to get everyone on the same level as everyone else.

    In a similar sense, equality and equity are similar, but they have their differences. Equity has more to do with being fair and giving everyone the same treatment, regardless of their race, gender, etc. This is similar to colorblindness, in that people’s identities (specifically races) are ignored. On the other hand, equality accepts people for who they are and helps the underprivileged and the outcasts get on the same level as everyone else. That in turn prompts fairness and justice for all.

    In the end, society should be aiming for equality, and not colorblindness nor equity. Equality will accept people’s individual identities while promoting fairness and justice for all. As the authors of Race: An Era of Change state, “obviously, a key problem… is [society’s] denial, or flattening, of differences with a particular… group” (10). Promoting equality will change that for the better.

    – Nicholas Cho

  8. I think colorblindness and equality are very different from each other. Equality encompasses justice, fairness, and acceptance where as colorblindness ignores each of these and ignores the differences of individuals. Colorblindness is just the way of side stepping the heart of the equality issue which is to accept and not judge someone based on their identity. Equality entails that we acknowledge each other’s differences, accept and respect them, and grant equal treatment to all with that in mind. Equality should be based on the merit of the individual’s actions not the color of their skin. We should rejoice that we are all unique and have something to offer that no one else does, not ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist.

    Diversity may lead to equality but is not the same as equality. Diversity can lead to appreciation of other races and cultures which can then stem into equality but not always. The United States is considered a very diverse country or “melting pot” so to speak but that doesn’t mean we have reached equality because we live around people from many racial backgrounds. As was discussed in class, it can be argued that we are no more closer to equality than we were in the 60’s but that the inequality has been shifted into a more disguisable form. One of the disguises being the idea and practice of colorblindness as a means of equality. Overall, I think diversity is a step in the right direction toward reaching equality but ultimately the treatment of people determines equality, not the mix of people.

    • I have same opinion as you. Diversity is interesting for me because I am an exchansing student from Japan, and 90% of population in Japan is Japanese. Since I came to America, I have had interest in America because America have a various of people who have different culture.

  9. First off, being blind to anything does not erase what is still there or what is not. Therefore, the simple answer to this question is NO; colorblindness is not the same as equality. Just because you may choose to be colorblind, does not mean that that what you are choosing not to see has changed. I believe that it would be better for someone to have his or her biases while understanding and seeing the inequality that exists. People need to accept the diversity of society and rather than put blinders on to those around them.
    I think that it is inherent in the meaning of diversity that is cannot possibly be the same as equality. The definition of social diversity is not equality, but the social inclusiveness of various ethnicities, SES, or gender variety and sexual status. Including all of these groups into the social fabric does not mean that they are equal; there are still many inequalities that exist. We will not realize true equality until everyone has acquired the same means to opportunity, and the same access to resources that will result in greater success. I believe the relationship between social diversity and social equity is both similar in some ways, yet in contrast in others. I believe that even when all groups are integrated into society, they will gain more equity in society. However, this gain in equity still does not equate to equality in society. Until every group is able to vest the same amount interest into society, there is no possible way to achieve absolute equality.
    Finally, the questions of fairness and justice are integral pieces within all aspects discussed above. Without a level of fairness that allows for equal access to resources, education, and jobs, equality is unachievable. In addition, preserving justice throughout all levels of society, all social groups, ethnicities, and cultures is essential to providing equality to all. The various issues of fairness and justice must be woven into the similar issues of building equity in society, accepting the diversity of our society, and breaking free of the blinders we see in the ideology of being colorblind. In order for all groups to achieve an equal footing in the equity of society they need to be on a fair footing with everyone else. Correspondingly, all groups need to be on the level in the justice system, eliminating the internal biases within the system. Lastly, for those who choose to follow the colorblind ideology, wearing the blinders does not lead to fairness or justice for those groups the colorblind choose not to see.
    Ryan P.

  10. Though it may seem like colorblindness would mean equality when it comes to race, it is not the case. Without a doubt skin color plays a major role in the way many people see others. It’s the first thing people notice, because it is so obvious. If we were to take away color from everyone’s vision, people would most likely still judge others based on features that define their “race.” In a recent video we watched in class, a point was brought up “race is whatever the white man says it is.” People will still make judgments, even without the obvious trait of skin color. Diversity is not the same as equality. Just because a community is diverse does not mean everyone is equal. Even in places that claim to be diverse, there is almost always some sort of racial bias, whether it be conscious or unconscious to the people that are discriminating. Equality is not the same as equity. A person’s worth does not determine whether people are equal or not. Many people choose jobs that they know won’t make them much money, but they do it because they love the job. For example, people that choose to be firefighters are going to make less than people that choose to be a banker. This doesn’t mean that the banker is of a higher status. The banker may hate his or her job; while the firefighter is infatuated with his/her job. It is very hard to be truly fair and just in society. With so many groups of people, not everyone is going to be happy with the outcome. Not to say that fairness and justice can’t exist in society, it’s just that people are inherently racist whether they know it or not. When people can truly look at each other as equals, then fairness and justice will fall into place.

  11. Is colorblindness the same as equality? Is diversity the same is equality? Is equality the same as equity? Where does fairness and justice fit into this discussion

    I do think that colorblindness and equality are the same. Equality is the state of being equal, so I didn’t think that both terms meant the same thing. Then I looked up what colorblindness meant and it said that it was just a way to not just see race as a factor and they look at everyone as an equal. So yes they seem to be the same: to treat everyone as an equal. When I first thought of the word color blindness I really just thought it was people who ignored other races besides their own. So I like that I learned something new.
    Diversity and equality I believe can be the same since you are having a variety of friends or a variety of views to look out of. Fairness fits into this discussion because it’s the point of being fair to the people around you and having that moral rightness (justice) to be a part of the diversity and have a wide variety of friends that are black, white, Asian, and all of the above. The doing of justice is acting of fairness, the fairness to other people around you and appreciate the fact you get to experience the other race, or at least get to know another race you aren’t apart of. It doesn’t feel good if you’re not treated like the rest, so why not have the fairness and kindness to treat others with respect. Being diverse and having fairness to others around you can affect your outlook on how you see all other races.

    -Amanda

    • How does the readings connect here in terms of acknowledging privilege as obstacle to equity, fairness and justice? How might diversity foster this process and the quest for equity? Can one achieve equity without acknowledging race and racism

  12. I don’t think colorblindness is totally same as equality. These two are really similar because these are about how to make people equal or fair, but colorblindness is more about races. It depends on people’s skin color. On the other hand, equality is more wide view deciding what is fair for people such as gender, age, jobs, and of course races. I consider that colorblindness is one of the equality.
    Diversity and equality are not same. Diversity is that people have a variety of differences such as races, cultures, habits, and life styles. People live in different countries with different life styles, so it is normal for them to have a lot of diversities. However, equality is to make people fair or same. If the government try to make all people from all over the world equal, it is impossible, because they have their different own way of thinking relating on how they lived so far. Diversity and equality is close relating that the government has to think how to treat people who have different ways of thinking equally, but not same.
    I think equality and equity are almost same. Both are about fairness between people.
    Fairness fits into the discussion about equality and equity. Three of these are about how to treat people in a same way.
    Justice might fit into first one and third one. The first one talks about not to discriminate people who have different races, and to be fair. Justice is also about fairness for people. Moreover, third one is also talk about fairness, so it might be easy to talk about justice, too.

  13. Unfortunately, race is a social structure developed by the insecurities and supposed inferiorities of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures. Seeing that there are no biological identifiers to group races, there must be overwhelming and populous beliefs within societies that place certain people into these racial categories. These various racial categories account for countless political disagreements and trials. One way in which people try to avoid racism all together is with the idea of “color blindness”. This is the concept that everyone should be seen in a grey hue, so to speak. Although, color blindness would work perfect in and ideal society, it is fairly evident that our society is far from ideal, thus color blindness would only be a cover up to those whom still have racist beliefs. Color blindness and equality therefore are not the same for the mere fact that seeing everyone the same and treating everyone the same are two completely different things. However, such that a square is a rectangle but a rectangle isn’t a square, I believe the same thing is true about color blindness and equality. That is, color blindness is not equality, but equality is a sort of colorblindness, the ability to see through color. Instead of color blindness as a means to racial equality, people should instead begin color opacity, seeing through ones color to base a judgment is equality. Often times, people make the assumption communities or institutions that are racially diverse are therefore equal. If this were the fact then you would never see racial discrimination, biases and stereotypes in any modern professional sports. However, this is not true countlessly athletes are judged on their skin tone. Often times I have been chosen to be on pick-up basketball teams not because I have basketball talent, but because I was black and thus athletic and inherently wonderful at the sport. I am good at basketball and indeed athletic, but it is clear that even in a diverse environment, such as sports, racial equality is not certain. Due to the influence of family history, modern media, and other social constructs even equity within a society does not call for equality. Title IX made it lawful for there to be the same amount of women sports as men sports, this allowed for gender equity in sports. However, sports is just one of the many constrains in which gender discrimination was previously present. In a sense I am saying that although one bill or law may be passed to enhance equality in a society, there are too many various other stereotypically racist facets of society that cannot be directly affected by equity laws.

    -Ian Cook

  14. I don’t think that colorblindness is the same as equality. Colorblindness is one step in the right direction towards equality, but it isn’t the same as equality. Colorblindness means you are choosing to not see the color of people’s skin, and in fact, you are actually choosing to ignore the differences of people. Whereas equality is an entirely different thing, equality means accepting a person as a whole, despite the color of their skin and everything else that sets them apart from everyone else. Equality is a goal that we should all strive to achieve. In the book, Occupying Privilege by JLove Calderon, she says, “At the core of the colorblindness framework is the idea that we are all individuals who have personalities, ambitions, fears, and hopes, but no histories.” Histories are what set us apart from everyone else, they are what make us different and make us who we are. Calderon is basically saying that the root of the colorblindness theory is the idea that you see people for the way they act. When in fact, to achieve equality, we should see people for their histories, where they come from and what makes them who they are; skin, hair, and eye colors, gender, and race all make up our histories. To achieve equality, we need to accept everything about a person, including their personalities and histories, if we cannot be accepting of that, we are simply choosing to be colorblind.

  15. I don’t think that colorblindness is the same as equality. I believe that colorblindness is your perception of people without using their skin color as a factor. Color Blindness doesn’t allow you to feel fear of a certain race because of what their stereotype is. Equality is our society as a whole. Even though we don’t have segregation laws and things are “techniquaicaly” equal between races, people still have their perceptions and stereotypes of certain skin colors. I also think that diversity and equality are related, but not the same. You can experience diversity in everyday life and have it not include race. My definition of diversity is fighting the odds against you. I experienced diversity many times in high school sports, and it made me a stronger and well rounded person. In reality, I don’t think there will ever be total equality. On paper, it says that we all have an equal shot at the same job, same amount of playing time, same chances for success… but it’s how you overcome diversity which decides your place in equality. Nothing in life is “fair” and its not meant to be that way. I think that everything in this world is about your perception, some things are fair to you that aren’t fair in someone elses eyes. If everything was universally fair there would be no diversity, and there wouldn’t be anything that we would have to strive for. Diversity makes you want to fight the odds and prove someone wrong. Beating diversity is the best justice you could ever receive.

  16. Colorblindness and equality are not the same thing. Colorblindness is meant to not see race and to just judge people based on their merit, values, education and other related topics. While this is good in theory it doesn’t acknowledge that with race comes certain advantages and disadvantages. Therefore it doesn’t ensure that all people are given the same opportunity because some people will naturally be at an advantage or disadvantage because of their race.
    Diversity is also not the same as equality but is closer than colorblindness. Diversity is ensuring that there is equal representation and equal appreciation of groups. Diversity is a good step in beginning to have equality but just because there is equal representation and appreciation doesn’t mean that one race will not be given the upper hand in certain aspects of life.
    Equity is basically the same as equality because it is the quality of being fair and impartial. In equity you don’t judge people because of things like their race because you keep everything fair and impartial. However this may require giving certain underrepresented races something extra to keep everything fair.
    Fairness and justice fit into this discussion because even though we try, we still aren’t able to have all race be represented equally. If we do want to have all race represented equal it would require giving certain groups more attention. This would be the only way that we would be able to give justice to the groups that are underrepresented in our society.

  17. Colorblindness could be seen both ways but I believe it’s not the same as equality. Colorblindness to me is completely ignoring the race or skin color of one person, this isn’t really doing much in terms of being equality however I do feel that this is a tiny piece into possibly becoming equality, the fact that you are able to not judge someone by how they look is a good first step to such thing.

    That being said I do not believe that diversity is equality either but also a good step. Diversity is positive because it provides the ability for different cultures and backgrounds to be mixed and not just by the race of a human, but anything in general. Take for example when we were all young children at some point and drew something like a field of flowers that was preprinted with no color, we wouldn’t all just pick one color and scribble out of the lines, we would pick some of the craziest colors out of the crayon box and make the most colorful picture of flowers we possibly could, if there were to be only one race in the entire world, there wouldn’t be any diversity which could make the world very one-dimensional. Overtime if people can accept diversity it would very well lead to equality.
    As far as equity, this is not the same as equality in my opinion.

    Equity to me is the value of ownership or the amount of value something might mean to a certain person. This isn’t the same as equality because people always value something’s more than other people, a group of 10 people at an event may all get the same kind of food from the concessions stand thanks to vouchers, that doesn’t mean that everyone will want them because they may not care for it, on the other hand someone in that same said group may love a certain particular food and take it from those who don’t like it because it’s of more value to them, like they say “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” I believe as long as value shifts, equity will not be the same as equality.

    • I like your quotation ” One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” I am from Japan, ans actually Japan have a similar expression. Japanese people call it ” the spirit of Mottainai.”

  18. Colorblindness is not the same as equality. Today, in the society, equality is natural for all people. In my opinion, colorblindness is not defined as equality. If there is no racial discrimination in the world, there are some differences among people. For example, a difference of the financial and the safety of where people live in. These circumstances are not equality among people. Colorblindness is included in equality as a part of equality, but it is not all of equality.

    Diversity is also not the same as equality. As you know, this society we live has diversity. Of all diversity, I have had a something to feel no equality about the difference of race and felt uncomfortable about that. I think that equality is treating people as the same way without any stereotypes of race about the people and the people can feel to be treated as the same way. So diversity is not the same as equality.

    In my opinion, equality and equity are not the same. They have a slightly different point. I think that equality means providing people with the same opportunities regardless of outcomes brought about by these opportunities. On the other hand, equity means providing people with the same outcomes or judgments, but processes given to the people to get the same outcomes or judgments are different. And then, justice and fairness fit into the equality. I think that people are not convinced that if there is equality or not by only colorblindness and diversity.

  19. Colorblindness is in no way the same as equality. Colorblindness allows one to perceive people differently, not by appearances. But it does not hide a person’s true colors (their culture). Colorblindness is a shroud or cover up to the thing that actually matters and what sets groups of people apart and that is their mannerisms and customs. By definition equality is the state of being equal in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability. And skin color is just the surface of different peoples becoming equal. So by no means is equality achieved through colorblindness but through diversity.
    Diversity on the other hand is a step towards equality. America is predominantly white. But when the integration of different peoples such as Asians, Latinos, and blacks start to occur, it begins to dilute the abundance of white people and create a mix of different groups. The integration is a stepping stone for others to understand each other in ways that become a respect for each other’s heritage and culture. Only through direct contact with others does a better understanding of who a person is follow, and joining along for the ride is equality. Equality starts to become dominant among those who are able to tear down those common myths and stereotypes and learn what a person unlike themselves are all about. With that , I believe diversity is far more effective than colorblindness will ever be.

  20. I do think that colorblindness is the same as equality because you are not going to judge that person by their skin color but as a person. You will be able to have a conversation with someone and you will not have to worry about their skin because you are ‘blind’. But on the other hand I do not think that colorblindness is the same as equality because if you were to have a discussion with someone different from you like a Hispanic, an Asian, or a Black person you would not see their points of views because of your colorblindness towards the world. I think that because the world is so diverse that in a way we are equal. I say that because no one wants to be the same as someone else and if everyone was the same after a while it would start getting boring. I do not think that equality is the same as equity. They would not be the same because for one, equity is some type of finance and equality is treating everyone the same. How fairness would fit in is treating every person the same no matter their race or how they look. How I would think is because they have a different race they could have some input in a matter and they would most likely help us resolve it. How justice would fit in is that by everyone being different and being treated the same there might be some justice that everyone will be treated fairly. –Nohemi Meza

  21. Seemingly, these two words “colorblindness and equality” look like same. However, I think there is a difference between colorblindness and equality. Colorblindness means that a person looks away from people who have differences in races, religions, languages. In other words, the idea of colorblindness is to ignore race we can perceive, especially color of skin. On the other hand, equality means that is no difference between people, especially rights and advantages. In conclusion, colorblindness is that, although the difference of race exists in the society, people ignore the situation and see all people as equal. Equality is that all things are same and equal in the society from the beginning.

    Diversity is not same as equality. Diversity is that there are a lot of differences between people who live in different countries such as race, languages, custom. On the other hand, equality is that people have the same things. It means that equality admits all people to treat without discrimination. Therefore, diversity admits the situation where have various sense of values to people. Equality tends to admit all people to have only one sense of same value.

    In my opinion, equality and equity is almost same. But there is slightly different between them. Equality focuses on forms that do not include the substance of things. If we choose this position, we have to treat all people equally. However, equity focuses on the content or substance of things. If we choose this position, we have to consider the differences and be conscious of equal consequence.

    Finally, I think fairness and justice exist not in “colorblindness and diversity” but in “equality and equity” because fairness and justice have a common point with “equality and equity” in a broad sense.

  22. In my opinion, colorblindness is not the same as equality. Colorblindness means that people ignore someone’s skin color when they talk and make friends with others. Although it wipes out the important differences between people, this is one good step to achieve equality. However, it does not mean that people ignore the existence of racism completely and only do this one is not enough. Equality means that there is no special difference between people, everyone should enjoy same rights. In today’s society, when people talk and make friends with others, they should not mention someone’s race too much. They need to understand others’ backgrounds and thoughts.

    Diversity is also not the same as equality. In different countries, different people have different races, cultures, languages and so on; which shows that diversity all over the world. I think diversity and equality are different. Maybe keeping diversity is good for achieve equality, however, keep accordance may be good for achieve equality; it focuses on different places.

    Equality and equity are similar, but there are still little differences between them. Equality shows a large range of things. In different areas, people should enjoy same rights. For examples, when people begin to go to school, they have equal opportunities and rights to receive education; and when they graduated, they also have equal opportunities and rights to get good jobs. Equity is similar to fairness, but it includes one more thing: the value of rights that people have. Justice also shows equity, but it is associated with the law. Overall, fairness and justice are both conducive to achieve equality.

    -Guoxiao.Zhu

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