What if . . .

What if the entire concept of racism was based exclusively on sight, our vision, what we see?

Imagine that suddenly the intensity of the sun increases, and a huge solar flare makes everyone on the planet blind. Let me reiterate – everyone, young and old, is now blind. Nobody, not one person on this Earth has the gift of sight. How would our world be different?

We would of course rely on our other senses – hearing, smell, touch, taste – to navigate the complex world around us. Would racism still exist in that kind of reorganized world?

What if you could not see the skin color of your neighbor, your colleague, your employee, your employer? What if there was no way for you to determine the color of their skin or hair? Would you be okay in that world, or would the uncertainty be psychologically troubling for you?

If the world was blind, surely our modes of transportation, education, medicine science, entertainment, and so many other things would have to adapt. Our survival would depend on it. In all likelihood those other sense would develop in ways we can’t even imagine right now.

But would the concept of racism adapt along with it? If so, how would that be possible without the ability to differentiate “color”? Or, if it does not, would that mean that the racism that exists today in our world is essentially a product of what we see, and what we think about what we see? Seems an awful tragedy to waste the potential of humanity on just one of our many senses, doesn’t it?

note: Draft only – this is a work in progress . . .

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