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Should society work towards becoming "colorblind" in regards to race/ethnicity?
Race/ethnicity may be a positive identifier for some people, and something which makes them feel like they belong within a group. A colorblind society would remove that.
It is useful for people to be able to build communities based on similarities, and when people of the same race experience particular things, this can help them bond.
A colorblind society is likely one that would discourage people from focusing on race. However, race links people to certain histories that are valid and that we should not aim to ignore or erase.
As Audre Lorde once said, "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
Celebrating racial or ethnic difference promotes a more harmonious society than ignoring that difference.
Race and ethnicity definitely belong in society because they can be tied to culture. Where it becomes dangerous is when people decide to use it to victimize themselves in order to make their beliefs and opinions more valid than others.
Building your identity off of things you can't control can be unhealthy and make people feel they have to act or be a certain way based on what features they were born with.
People are individuals. Their identity is unique and separate from any group they may feel a connection with.
An identity is just a culture. Which is just a collection of ideas and memes. It is always possible to share parts of your "identity" with a race that is not your own.
Encouraging people to build groups based on race bolsters segregation.