Sherman Alexie and the Advent of a Colorblind World

At Francis W Parker School, Sherman Alexie came the long distance to speak about his career and his life in general. He started off recounting his trouble getting to Chicago, going through 4 different airports. However, as articulated by the interviewer, we were all glad that he made it to Chicago, because he was spectacular. For me, the most profound thing that he talked about was his expansion on the quote, “We don’t want the world to be colorblind…” This quote really made me think, and I feel that it will help me better understand the material to come. As we learn about the civil war, and the gigantic slave trade in colonial America, we, as students, start to feel that everyone should be treated equal. However, Sherman Alexie disagreed with this sentiment, and I think that after a bit of thought, it makes sense to everyone. Every race and ethnic group in the world has centuries of unique history and culture, and each and every one of them deserves to be appreciated for their culture. If things keep going as they are, it is apparent that all the cultures with blend into one, and while some may argue that that is the most surefire way to stop racism, the consequence of losing that cultural integrity is too great. There are currently many groups trying to preserve that culture, but for every one of them there is another that is fighting to have everyone treated equal. Sherman Alexie is trying hard to raise awareness about this, as he is vouching for the cultural significance of the Native American people, even though they have admittedly become quite integrated into stereotypical American culture. As we move into the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movements, I think that everyone should keep in mind that even though people fight to be treated the same as everyone else, they should be fighting to be treated as their own cultural group of people.

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2 thoughts on “Sherman Alexie and the Advent of a Colorblind World

  1. I like this post because it brings on a new perspective on racial equality that I’ve never really thought of and it really does make me think about what racial equality is. At first i always thought it meant that no matter what race you are, you are entitled to all human rights. I mean, it is that but it’s so much more.

  2. This is very interesting, I never thought about anti racism in that way. This article really did make me question our methods of ending racism.

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