Carmen van Kerckhove has a great post on Why You Shouldn't Be Colorblind. She takes on the prevalent middle management myth that to say "Oh I don't even notice people's race" demonstrates that you have great respect for diversity.
Why is this a myth? First, because it's a lie. We all notice the physical characteristics of the people we work with. Second, to say we don't notice physical characteristics in some way renders these people invisible to us. How respectful is that?
So how should we view racial differences? Carmen says:
"Here’s the thing. Noticing a person’s race doesn’t make you racist. What does make you racist is if you make assumptions about that person’s intellectual, physical, or emotional characteristics based on the race you think the person is."
Read the rest of the post here.