She wrote this song with her writing team in 1989. It hit the charts and kept climbing. More than thirty years later we are still trying to find a way to work together to make this world a better place, a place where color lines no longer matter. Janet Jackson’s hit reminds us that we need to work together to figure it all out.
One color, one person, one community is not enough. We need to reach beyond our own circumstances and demographics to truly get to know the other people who live around us. By working as a united front we have the power to change things for good, not just for a photo op or a season. Change will work if we choose to change together.
I do not think that the world being color blind is the answer. I think we need to see and embrace all the colors in the crayon box and value them for what they bring to the work. Because change is work, and it is work that takes a long time. Bit by bit, layer by layer, day by day we have the power to make this a better place to live for everyone. We can only do that if we embrace what each person brings to the table, if we let them bring their color into our world and make it better. Instead of being color blind be color aware and use all it’s gift to make your won world better.