Colorblind – adjective
- unable to distinguish certain colors, or any colors at all
- not influenced by racial prejudice
Port Richmond – The phrase “colorblind” has lots of connotations, and can be viewed as positive or negative depending on how it is used. In today’s racial climate, the idea of being “colorblind” lets us look at each other equally, with no bias based on race or color of skin. In communities as diverse as Staten Island, it is important to highlight all the different backgrounds and ethnicities shared by us all. Public art has consistently lent itself to this cause, which is highly evident driving through the streets of Port Richmond, Staten Island.
One of the recent additions to the area is a new mural located behind the Port Richmond High School bleachers, facing the street and neighborhood. Island native Kwue Molly, who has completed a number of other public murals in the area, came up with an amazing concept that not only represented all the different countries that make up Port Richmond’s residents, but also allowed the community to help paint the mural with him. With the help of Projectivity and a grant from the New York Citizen’s Committee, Kwue Molly set off to create a 25′ x 15′ mural with the word “COLORBLIND” in all different typefaces and letter styles. Projectivity volunteers approached the local high school students as well as residents walking by and helped them paint different nation’s flags that were represented in the community. Twenty different people from the neighborhood painted over twenty different flags. Kwue Molly added the cap phrase “We Are One”, reminding viewers of the message behind the beautifully crafted mural. [Projectivity]