Phillipe Copeland shares in Baha’i Thought his perspective on being “color-blind” verses “race-conscious”.
“…even the virtue of closing one’s eyes to racial differences can go too far. “Not seeing” risks missing things that might actually matter. This includes real historical and contemporary differences in the degree to which power is shared and how it is practiced according to race in our society. Not seeing race can and often does devolve into not seeing racism either, even when it’s there. One can also fail to recognize when a race-neutral approach may fail to produce the outcomes we claim to want and a race-conscious one may be what’s needed.
In spite of what could be read as color-blindness language in the Baha’i Writings, Baha’i teaching and practice also include race-consciousness. For example, Baha’is are explicitly encouraged in our Faith to form multi-racial families. This is kind of hard to do if you don’t “see race.”