The conclusion of Racial Formation in the United States discusses the issue of “colorblindness” and, mainly, its contradictory nature. The main contradictions that come with the notion of colorblindness have to do with white right-wing’s accusations of reverse racism in contrast with the realities of racial inequality which results from structurally racist institutions. One of these institutions, the education system, is often a subject of scrutiny for colorblindness advocates who see affirmative action as an example of reverse discrimination. In the video below, Dr. Marc Lemont Hill engages in a debate with Colby Banahan, who has created Whites-Only Scholarships. After hearing Banahan’s claims to the scholarships’ legitimacy, Dr. Lemont Hill begins his refutation with a thought that I found very interesting: “Being white is itself a form of scholarship.” Dr. Lemont Hill points out this contradiction of a colorblind ideology in a way that many of the arguments in Racial Formations do not: instead of citing examples of racial inequality by using facts that expose how much less privileged African-Americans are, he uses the exact rhetoric employed by colorblind ideology that rejects affirmative action in order to show how much more priviliged white Americans are. Listen to the full debate below!