finding the colors we share in common
That video was so cute. I thought Elmo and Lupita would be all like “treat everybody with a different skin color the same,” which they did, but for the majority of the video they were discussing the purpose of skin, since Elmo didn’t even know he had skin, let alone know what it was used for. I just found it refreshing to watch, because in the end of the day it’s true, skin is on everybody for the same purpose.
Answering the questions, the first thing I noticed was that it was actually surprisingly easy for me to find the right color for my partner. But I was using multiple colors to find it, it wasn’t just one color. It was a mix of them. And my partner and I were using some of the same colors, even though our skin colors were different. Thus, it was obvious that my partner and I had different skin colors, but what wasn’t so obvious was finding the colors that we both shared in common, since there were those colors. That was challenging since it required us to think about the mixing, what the result would be if I mixed this color with this one, and so forth. We had to look deeper than just the end result, the color of their skin. We had to think about what colors would result in that end result. And writing this response I think I’m gonna say that that was the point of the exercise. Also that, even though skin colors may look different, many skin colors, many races, share similar colors that, when mixed in with other colors, form a distinct skin color. See what I mean? I don’t know if what I’m saying makes any sense.
I thought the exercise was fun, first of all because I was interacting with someone I barely know, and I also thought it was interesting, again, since I didn’t know it was gonna be so simple to find the right color. We were probably just lucky though, that we were at the right corner of the table with the right paints near us.
I think race isn’t a thing, but we have made it a thing in society, so it is a thing now. But it didn’t need to be a thing. I think race is something that was more consistent before interracial marriage became more common and things, because now there are people who have no idea what race they are since they may look a certain way, but identify as something else. It’s sorta sad that we created race as yet another thing that divides us from the fact that we all belong to the human race.