• Chantal Canales

Being Color Brave in a Color Blind World

Today, August 27th, 2020, I am going to strive to be color brave in a color-blind world.

As part of my Gender, Race and Media class, I watched a 2014 Ted Talk with Melody Hobson entitled Color Blind or color brave. As she was stating facts about the lack of diversity in board rooms, with only seven CEOs of minority races leading the top Fortune 250 six years ago, I can imagine that the data has not changed much since then. As I imagine walking to a corporate board room today, as a Latina woman, I can easily picture that the table would be surrounded by white men not eager to hear my expertise or opinions.

Hobson talked about the idea of dealing with the uncomfortable conversations about race. After a summer full of uncomfortable conversations about the Black Lives Matter Movement with my parents at home during quarantine, I am finding these conversations easier to approach, but nevertheless, I am not the best debater. But yet, it's not a debate. Black Lives Matter and it's no question that they are people in our country that don't believe in it. We have to choose to have the conversations that spark debate and make our skin crawl. The feeling of discomfort means that there is progress is being made. Every conversation counts, therefore we cannot hide away from them in the fear of being judged, hurting someone's feelings or contradicting their beliefs.

Be color brave, not color blind. We cannot ignore race. We should celebrate all the differences that make us who we are. In my past three years of college, I have been blessed to get to know people from all over the country and all over the world. If we don't seek out relationships with people who are different from us, then what are we doing to ourselves? We can't ignore the differences in people's skin or their race, we must embrace them. If you want to reach the boardroom of a Fortune 500 company one day and see people that are different than you, seek out those people now, and empower them. We need to empower them to achieve anything they want to in life.

If we want to make any change happen for future generations, it starts now with being color brave.