Eva-Maria Simms: To be lovestruck, not colorblind

This essay shines with truth, with love. Light your soul with it and pass it on.

Vox Populi

In his Foreword to Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Cornel West challenges the idea of colorblindness as the driving force for overcoming racism in the US. He appeals to a little cited phrase by Martin Luther King that calls us to be “lovestruck, not colorblind” toward each other. West explains:  “To be lovestruck is to care, to have deep compassion, and to be concerned for each and every individual, including the poor and vulnerable.”

He goes on to describe the new social movement, led by Black Lives Matter, which seeks true justice and reform of prisons and other legal, government, and cultural institutions on behalf of our African American fellow citizens. This movement, according to West, is a sign of a democratic awakening that says we do care, that the racial caste system must be dismantled, that we need a revolution in…

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