Colorblindness as an ideology (not the visual deficiency) centers on the notion that acknowledgement of race, and associated groupings, should be avoided. In theory, it aims to prevent racial discrimination by claiming to wholly ignore race. However, in practice, it worsens the accuracy of social judgments and increases both racial bias and stereotyping.
Biracial individuals, though, share the common experience of strangers asking them “What are you?” with regards to their race. Rather than avoiding discussing race, when people encounter a biracial individual, they’re perhaps more inclined to broach the subject. This paper explores the extent to which people change their discussion of race upon repetitive encounters with biracial faces.