… is defined as the decreased ability to see color or differences in color. And while this sort of blindness may be taken as a disadvantage when pertaining to everyday life, there is a different perspective worth exploring. Watching Loving, a film depicting the true tale of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, married at a time when, in some parts of the USA, including their home-state of Virginia, such unions were against the anti-miscegenation law, the character of Richard caught my attention. Here was a Caucasian guy who seemed to be absolutely and totally oblivious to skin color. Joel Edgerton, the actor who plays Richard Loving, wonderfully captures that quality on the big screen. Richard Loving wasn’t just impartial to ethnicity, he seemed to be unable to notice the differences, much like a person struck with color-blindness would be to specific or, in the rare case of monochromatism, to all colors. Wow, I thought to myself while watching that film, I wish I could be like that. And by that I mean to say that while I am fully invested in ignoring any prejudice, I cannot deny that I do note skin shades. I do not like that I do, but there seems to be little, if anything, I can do about it, except to consciously disallow it impair my judgment.
“A brotherhood of man,” called it John Lennon in Imagine, and I don’t know if for my generation or the next, gaining such a wonderful gift of blindness will be possible. We were born into a society that practices racial bias. The color-blindness of Richard Loving is a rare gift; to truly appreciate what unites us versus what sets us apart. But “I hope some day you’ll (myself included) join us, and the world will be as one.”
Learned from: Watching the film Loving
p.s. for my review of the film Loving, please click here.