Reality star Khloe Kardashian took to Twitter to address racist comments being hurled towards her daughter, True on social media. As we know, colorism is alive and well in America, and it’s unfortunate that in this case, a child is the subject of this continued social ill.
The apparel entrepreneur seemed vexed that people continue to comment negatively about her daughter’s skin color, but cowardly remove the evidence as soon as Kardashian responds back.
“I dislike the fact that people are allowed to comment on my daughter’s skin color but as soon as I comment kindly back and praise her for all that she is, the comment gets erased,” she tweeted to her followers.
“If you have the courage to post your nasty criticism, please allow one to defend or comment back.”
Continuing, “I truly love educating others and hopefully opening up their minds to a beautiful collective world. But some people are not willing to [accept] anything else then what they know.”
The “Good American” creator went on to say she tries to empathize with people, even if she disagrees with them.
“I try to put myself in their shoes maybe they were brought up in a different type of household then I was. So instead of shaming I try to educate. In our household, we do not see color. We see emotion and action. We see love. We feed off of energy.”
The phrase, “I don’t see color,” is an oft-used misguided stance non Black people use to address racism. Even though it’s meant to convey unity, the sentence can be agitating for POC because 1.) The goal isn’t for anyone to ‘not see color’ (which is impossible unless you have a sight impairment), the goal is to not be treated differently because someone sees your color. 2). Not seeing color, in reality, would actually render someone useless in the fight against racism, because if you can’t see differences, how can you advocate for how people who are different from you are treated?
One commentator supported my sentiments by saying, “To say you don’t see color means you are turning a blind eye to the blatant racism that POC…more specifically Black people face daily.”
To say you don’t see color means you are turning a blind eye to the blatant racism that poc…more specifically black people face DAILY! Trust me when I tell you in this world your daughter will be seen as black and you don’t even know how to prepare her for what’s to come. Smh
— Pooh32 (@Pooh3211) September 28, 2018
It’s clear Khloe still has a lot to learn when it comes to what it means to be an ally to POC, and the mother of a bi-racial child.