The Best Frozen Mimosas
One of the most pervasive refrains right now is: “I DON’T SEE COLOR. LET’S JUST LOVE EACH OTHER AND STOP BRING RACE INTO EVERYTHING BECAUSE IT’S DIVISIVE.” That sounds good, but it’s a harmful approach. Here’s some help responding to this common misperception.
If you’re white, you do have the luxury of ignoring race most of the time because our American society was built by white people for white people. White friends, imagine for a moment that people of your race were at risk of being stopped an inordinate number of times and even potentially murdered by police. You could no longer ignore your race: you’d have to prepare and protect yourself and your children.
Being able to ignore race is one example of white privilege — and it’s a privilege that I don’t recommend taking advantage of. It stunts your racial identity development (which often starts much later for us, since we’re usually raised seeing ourselves as a “default,” with representation of our race all around us). Besides that, our social identities (like gender, race, nationality, ability, sexuality, etc.) — though not determinative of our personality on their own — are an integral part of who we are and change how we experience the world. It’s not a compliment to say you don’t see an important part of someone’s identity.
To address racism, we must acknowledge how race affects people’s daily lives and how it’s been used in this country. Start by reading this article, “Colorblind Ideology is Racism,” to understand why “not seeing color” is counterproductive.
After that, take a look at history. Once it fell out of vogue to be explicitly racist (now we can only long for those days), folks had to get creative with structural oppression. And they did. Read The New Jim Crow or watch the related documentary 13TH, both of which showcase how our nation has used ostensibly “colorblind” laws to differentially affect people of color with plausible deniability. Our refusal to notice white supremacy — by refusing to acknowledge people’s different experiences in our nation based on their race — is helping hide this structural problem.
Here’s a starter list of the systemic racism we’re ignoring when we “don’t see race.”
It feels scary to call out racism. It feels much safer to post about love and unity. I get it. But real love is action. Real unifying takes work. And if folks keep their eyes closed to race and how it affects people in society, they aren’t being loving or harmonious. They’re ignoring oppression for their own comfort.
One year ago: Caramelized Pineapple Cheesecake Cups
Two years ago: Hot Yellow Cake with Crackle Icing and a Blueberry Pile
Three years ago: Smoked Salmon and Whitefish Salad Melts
Four years ago: Gooey Carmelitas
Five years ago: Easy Fruity Cereal Treat Cupfakes
Six years ago: Almost No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Seven years ago: Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 (750-mL) bottle of champagne, chilled
- 3/4 cup Triple Sec, chilled
- 1 (12-fluid ounce) tube frozen orange juice concentrate
- 2 cups ice
- maraschino cherries for garnish
- Blend the champagne, triple sec, orange juice concentrate, and ice together until smooth. Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, cover, and freeze overnight.
- Slush up the mimosa and return it to the blender. Blend just until slushy. Pour into glasses, top each glass with a maraschino cherry, and serve!