August 24, 2021 | Reading Time: < 1 minute

Alex Wise interviews the EB’s Rod Graham about the need for choosing color-consciousness over color-blindness

What bridge-building across race might look like.

Illustration courtesy of Imprint News.
Illustration courtesy of Imprint News.

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From Alex Wise, friend of the Editorial Board and host of Sea Change Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast focused on the shift to environmental and economic sustainability:

Many of us grew up under the impression that “colorblindness,” or pretending not to see racial differences, was virtuous. An important contribution of critical race theory, however, is the recognition that the colorblind philosophy is tantamount to ignoring racial injustice. Dr. Rod Graham, a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and a contributor to The Editorial Board, espouses color-consciousness over colorblindness. We discuss the racial divide in America, what bridge-building across race might look like, and why majority rule cannot be counted on to advance the rights of a minority group.


John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition open and available to all. Find him @johnastoehr.

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