Unless you are a dog or color blind... in which case- you're excused.
I have a lot of friends who are legitimately socially liberal people. Good on them right?
One thing that they say with relative frequency is, "I don't see color-- I see the person." I call bull crap.
It is insulting to everyone involved. First- I felt guilty because- I'll admit- I do see color- and I don't judge them for it (duh) but I have to acknowledge that a person of color is going to have different day to day experiences than I do. To insinuate otherwise is insulting.
A person of color should be proud of their melanin. It does not define them, nor make them who they are-- but it is a part of their lives and influences them. It connects them to a deep rich history.
By saying "I don't see color" a person is insinuating that they do not see the differences in life experiences that white people don't deal with- a friend of mine recently related a story of a traffic stop that was so insulting and so unbelievable (yet clearly true) I have no idea what to say!
To point. I was pulled over recently. I did not have a non expired insurance card on me- we have insurance, but the card was missing The police office said not to worry about it- that he was sure I had insurance and let me know kindly my tail light was out. I bet this would not have happened this way for my friend.
So say that 'I don't see color' is saying that I don't see something that impacts so many aspects of a persons life, and that is insulting.