Introducing: Jose Romero
In much discourse today, there is this notion of colorblindness that has popularized the idea that we are, or should continue to strive to, post-racialness. This entire notion of us somehow being post-race is, as my anthropological fountainhead, Dr. Deborah Thomas, has said, “completely fallacious. It’s impossible. It’s not even desirable.” To argue for color blindness is to presuppose an inherent negativity characteristic of race itself and to ignore the historical dimensions of the construction of race and identity. It is within this theoretical matrix that I position myself as a student of anthropology, striving to decolonize my voice and scholarship.
Through my involvement in The Colors Project I seek to continuously develop my own, and others, understanding of privilege, and produce an assemblage of discourses that highlights our differences, but at the same time unites us within a multitude of resistance against the structural-violence braided throughout the political economy of life.
Although arguably hidden, the production of “others” has not ceased or dissipated, but instead, has been pushed to the background of the everyday logics of our biopolitic. Thus The Colors Project stands in opposition to the very logics that birthed it and in so doing, seeks to (re)produce its own space and prove that the subaltern can in fact speak.