The old fashioned Martin Luther King idea that we should all be colour blind and take a person by character, not the colour of their skin, has gone for a Burton. Now we must NOTICE colour.
Mr Furlong is very slow to catch on.
Every day he says “That brown bird is back at the bird feeder” and every day I say ” No, that’s a blackbird.”
Every day he is not noticing that if you are brown, you are called black, even though you are brown. He is not noticing that being female makes black brown, or if you are male, you are black.
But, then, of course, we don’t know if the black blackbird is gender neutral, cis, or LBGTQ.
The brown blackbird might call herself they/them.
So, the solution is not to notice any visual characteristics in anything at all.
Tomorrow , Mr Furlong can say “There is a bird on the birdfeeder”. And I will say, “How do you know its a bird? It might be a trans-squirrel.”