Kim Zolzciak has been taken to task about being racist since The Real Housewives Of Atlanta started 5 years ago. Is she racist, or is she bi-product of 1 white woman being thrust amongst a cast of 5 other black women? Last night on pt.2 of the RHOA reunion, Nene Leakes opened up the color door again by semi accusing Kim of being racist. Nene later cleaned up her remarks by saying if kim was not racist that she was ignorant. Again feeling the pressure of being the minority, Kim replied by letting the world know she does not see color.
My favorite socially conscious blogger and friend of the site @Anti_Intellect of the Anti Intellect Blog says not seeing color is not the same as not being anti racist. Check out what all he had to say.
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Anti intellect writes:
Note to Kim Zolciak: claiming that you do not see color is not the same as being anti-racist.
On last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special, Kim Zolciak made her triumphant return to the show. As you may recall, Kim stormed off the show earlier in the season after being confronted by the other women on the show for failing to commit to a pre-planned group trip. Kim’s return to the show was met with tension from some of the other women on the cast who felt that her commitment to the show had been lacking during the season. As the only majority Black, minority White, show in the Housewives franchise, race and racism have always loomed over the production. The subject of race was addressed last night after host Andy Cohen asked whether Kim’s comments about fellow cast member Kandi Burress’ home and neighborhood were racist. (Earlier in the season Kim acted as if she were in grave danger after her “assistant” Sweetie warned her that Kandi’s new home was in an unsafe neighborhood.)
When asked whether she was racist, Kim essentially stated that she felt her comments were always amplified because of the fact that she is the only White woman on the show. She went on to insinuate that she is not racist because she “does not see color”. And it’s this statement that I want to key in on. As I stated earlier, claiming that you do not see color is not the same as being anti-racist. In fact, I would argue that claiming that you do not see color does nothing to quiet concerns that you are, in fact, racist. There is a tendency for non-Black people in our society to believe that they are doing everyone–particularly Blacks–a favor by claiming that they do not see color. I can only assume that the statement makes non-Black people feel good, because it does nothing for me as a Black person. I don’t need people to not see the color of my skin. What I need is for people to not judge me based on the color of my skin.
Most people in our society–Kim Zolciak included–see color. We live in a society where people of different skin colors interact with each other on a daily basis. We also live in a society where people are consciously and subconsciously racist. Respecting our differences in skin color, and not being racist, should not have to come through our pretending that we do not come in a variety of skin colors. The idea that racism will disappear simply because everyone claims that they do not see race is a fantasy belief. On the contrary, I think that racism is heightened when people pretend that there aren’t racial differences. The key to ending racism is not claiming that we do not see color, but rather working to make sure that our differences don’t become barriers to us respecting and valuing each other as human beings.
I would have been far more reassured of Kim’s anti-racism had she simply stated that she is not a racist person. I do not need her–or any other White person for that matter–to pretend that they do not see color. Unless you are colorblind, you see color. To imply otherwise is to come off as ignorant and cliche rather than anti-racist. As the late and great Audre Lorde once said, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
Kim needs to recognize that differences do exist, and claiming that she does not see color is not going to change that.