ChildSavers prides itself on being a strengths-based, people-centered organization. We cannot accomplish that without understanding how identity and experience influence people’s strengths and needs. In order to have a person-centered approach to community building, we have to consider the history of the differences between people.
In this blog, CasSandra Calin talks about why not seeing people’s differences fails to recognize how history, legislation, and culture may have impacted a person’s personality, interactions, and relationships.
Here’s an excerpt that we found meaningful:
“I don’t see color” doesn’t help anyone. I would like to start a conversation about the danger of pretending that we don’t see difference. Pretending that we don’t notice difference allows us to be insensitive to people’s capacity, need, and experience.It allows us to pretend that we are free of bias, prejudice, and discrimination.
In order to have a person-centered approach to community building, we have to consider the history of the differences between people. We have to be willing to see, not only that a teenager we want to support is queer, but also how history, legislation, and culture may have impacted their personality, interactions, and relationships because of their queer identity.
“I don’t see color,” means that I don’t see the hurdles that you have jumped over to get here today. “I don’t notice difference,” means I do not consider the impact your childhood might have had on you differently than mine has had on me.
Check out CasSandra’s blog here!