Audiences will be forced to question their own preconceived notions about other backgrounds after watching Color Blind, a new play that examines the politics of race, discrimination and fear. The production explores the lives of several families from different races, and while each clan means well, their strong views on race have the potential to create more harm than good.
“The play is definitely thought-provoking and I think that I will give some insight on many current issues,” Blackmon said. “I think that people will really examine their own prejudices because the people in Color Blind are us, our neighbors and friends. I included all races in the play.”
Blackmon noted that the inspiration for this racially charged production was developed during President Barack Obama’s campaign.
“When President Obama was campaigning, which was a time when race relations were high, I decided to put my stamp on the world and do something with race relations myself. So, early 2008 is when I first wrote it. It kind of sat for a while until I developed not only inspiration, but the financial means to try to pull everything together.”
While most can agree that America has come a long way from the strained race relations in the past to today’s current point, Blackmon believes prejudice is deeply rooted in the hearts of Americans.
“I think everyone has prejudices. I think it’s an unfair to say ‘no I’m not prejudiced,’ that’s not a true statement. It’s how you handle those prejudices that let people know who you are.”
After viewing the play, Blackmon hopes audiences can recognize some of the same qualities they share with the characters in the play and ultimately change their flawed perceptions on race, hoping that viewers can truly judge other people on their charters alone.
“Audiences will gain wisdom from this play and have a better understanding of the word ‘tolerance,’” Blackmon said. “I think they will find themselves in the characters and ultimately make them have a better understanding when they see people in interracial relationships and not be as prejudice if they already are…There’s a line in the play that says, ‘Wisdom is when you can look beyond the physical and truly see what’s on the inside.’”
“Color Blind” will premiere at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on April 29 and will run until May 2.