Well, this was an unexpected surprise & indeed a delightful way to start my weekend~
Kenneth Cole, beautiful clothing designer & more importantly, strong social activist, just celebrated a few folks whom he thought were making important & special contributions to the field of education in his COURAGEOUS CLASS SPOTLIGHT.
Colorblindness is really a misnomer; it is more akin to
color-confused. Whereas your spectrum is quite vast & includes a veritable
plethora of color, those of us who are genetically-deficient have a much
smaller range & therefore colors get smashed up together, confused with
others, & many unseen at all.
I am colorblind, one of the most severe
degrees of such. It is bothersome at times, disappointing at others, but as
with any handicap (& I even hesitate to use that word as comparatively it
is a non-issue), one learns to adjust & compensate for such. I also like
the fact that I “inherited” from my Poppy, my mom’s dad, who left much too
early in my life & sharing this genetic trait is at least something by
which I can feel closer to him.
But being colorblind does affect me every day- the loss of a
beautiful sunset, inability to decipher a traffic lite, seeing lots of green
skin on folks I know are not Martians… unsure if I’m wearin’ a pink shirt. Being an artist (albeit one who predominantly works in black & white), an art teacher & just a lover of looking & seeing & really absorbing this wonderfully vibrant world around us makes it even more distressing at times.
wonderful company EnChroma has changed all
that with their incredible &, I dare say, inspiring sunglasses that promise “color for
the colorblind”, & y’know what, they actually deliver on said promise in a
Just back from Méjico where I sported these EnChroma Commander CX-14 sunglasses that
profess (& do indeed deliver on that promise!) to allow the colorblind to
These are amazing, wonderful, & truly awe-inspiring & you
can see my reaction to wearing them in the video...
(Lo siento for wind noise- tried to fix to no avail.
watching, it does improve later in video.)
& as an extry bonus, here is some comix I doodled way-back in college about bein’ colorblind…
I marched on Washington in the womb, was named for Martin & Robert; my boots have always been on the ground, both literally & figuratively. I teach now at the same school I attended as a student; community means the world to me, again both literally & figuratively. Activism cannot & should not exist without education & the converse is even more true. The classrooms are the true frontlines of the revolution.
I put this ideal into practice every day & indeed throughout my almost twenty-five year career: helping to realize our school’s Gay Straight Alliance that has served as an exemplar for so many others; creating a mural outreach program whereby students paint inspirational & aspirational artwork both in our hallways & for local charitable organizations; writing & directing plays in collaboration with my students that address social, cultural & political issues; serving in my local community on the Mercer County Human & Civil Rights Committee & on the world stage as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar to Japan; & in my classroom of course wherein I teach & model the idea & ideal of the intersection of art & awareness, of creativity & activism.
rants & ramblings, artistic shenanigans (self-created & stuff that inspires such self-creativity), funkyass music, comix & graphic novels (not just for kids anymore!), sporadic navel-gazing, balderdashery, new & improved longer-lasting ephemera, tales to astonish, doodles & dawdles, & any & all stuff that tickles my fancy (& hopefully yours as well!)...
If you find any of it moves you either body or soul (& especially ass), please purchase the art &/or music legally to support the artists. If I've posted your art &/or music & you want me to un-post it, let me know & it will disappear posthaste. If you download an image or a tune, please have the common courtesy to comment on that post & give me some love, my friend. It's relatively painless, quick & easy, & a small token of kindness for seein' & hearin' such brilliant stuff, y'know.
"Seda-Schreiberlets you into his mind, and it turns out to be a worthwhile place to rummage around... (His work) is like receiving a long letter from a friend you didn't know you had."~ cat yronwode