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    There's been much needed attention to issues surrounding diversity in slow fashion and craft. One thing that crops up again and again is the idea of being color blind, where individuals claim to look past or not see exterior markers like skin pigmentation. Such sentiment is often centered among liberal ideals and makes us feel good about ourselves, I know, because I used to think the same way.

    Many years ago, I was talking to the director of my son's preschool. The school had an anti-bias education curriculum and I don't know what the topic was, but I remember stating, "I consider myself color blind." I was gently, but firmly challenged. Difference exists whether we confirm it or choose to ignore it. Negating difference does not create equality. Instead of affirming an individual's heritage and identity, it becomes a gloss where one doesn't have to think about the hardships or challenges people might face.

    It's uncomfortable to take the blindfold off, because with it goes the idealized version of society. As Reni Eddo-Lodge writes in Why I No Longer Talk to White People About Raciscm, "...to claim not to see race is to demand compulsory assimilation. Colour-blindness does not accept the existence of structural racism or a history of white racial dominance." As beneficiaries of a flawed system, it's intentional myopia to not see its limits and failures. Not seeing does not support inclusivity.