Last week, I attended a diversity conference for teachers to help teachers create a welcoming classroom for all students, especially minority students. Most of the conference was focused on race, but we also talked about LGBTQ students. Anyways, in my group, most of the teachers were saying things such as "I don't see color" and "I don't care if my students are black, white, green, purple, etc." To be honest, both of these phrases are extremely offensive and just wrong to me. In society, we DO see color. It's often the first thing we notice about someone. Saying that we don't see color is like telling people of color that we do not see your color---which doesn't make sense, because why should we not notice color? Is it something "bad" that needs to be hidden? I don't think stopping the discussion of race today will help us end racism. I think colorblindness is good when it comes to hiring, for example, but I don't think ignoring race is helpful, especially in the classroom. As teachers, I do think that we often do have biases that change the way we interact with students depending on the color of their skin--and we should recognize that, not avoid it.The second statement bugs me because there are no purple and green people--so talking about that makes it seem like racism is less serious an issue than it really is. I don't know...this conference really upset me. After attending it, it made me realize how much farther we have to go.