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Is there any shame or stigma connected to colorblindness?

Asked by keobooks (12521 points ) January 6th, 2012

Colorblindness runs in my family. My maternal grandmother’s brothers, my maternal uncles and male cousins and my one cousin’s son are all colorblind. Since I’ve grown up with almost all the men in my family colorblind, I’ve never thought it was a big deal. It’s very likely that if I have a son, he’ll be colorblind as well.

My husband’s brother has a son who seems very obviously red/green colorblind. But for some reason, my brother and sister in law are in complete denial about it. They say that he just hasn’t quite learned his colors yet. This isn’t quite true. He can name blue, black, yellow and white. But he calls any color with red or green it it “one of the bad colors” I think it’s because he gets hassled about memorizing what the color is and they probably all look brownish to him.

I don’t understand why they want to pretend that he’s not colorblind. It’s not a big deal. But I thought perhaps if it doesn’t run in your family, it’s a bigger deal than I thought. I’d talk to them about it, but they get really defensive and sensitive if anyone even mentions colorblindness at all.

I don’t know what will happen when he goes to school next year and has to officially take the colorblindness tests. There will be no denying it after that.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Only at stop lights.
You know some ass had to make that joke.
It’s fine. No stigma

marinelife's avatar

It should not be a big deal. They should talk to their son’s doctor about it. Many men are red-green colorblind and work around it, (Using the position of traffic lights rather than the color for example.)

CWOTUS's avatar

It appears that your brother has passed on the gene (from “your side” of the boy’s family) and his wife is unwilling to give up on the idea of a “perfect” child yet. Give it time.

According to some informal checking I’ve done on this, colorblindness occurs in about 8% of American males. It’s a predominantly male issue.

JilltheTooth's avatar

No stigma that I know of. In fact, a good friend of mind is severely color-impaired and is a successful professional photographer. My Dad was a bit of red-green impaired, and that only meant that he dressed funny sometimes. Knowing my Dad, he probably would have anyway.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JilltheTooth That was great. Made me laugh when I really needed it.

rojo's avatar

No stigma that I know of.
I have often wondered if the color I see and call, let’s say blue, actually looks the same as the one you have always known as blue but I don’t know how you would actually test/verify this.

rojo's avatar

We had a kid on the same soccer team that my son was on who played goalie and for years I never knew he was colorblind until one day at a tournament when he said he could not see the lines that defined the box and field boundaries. The lines had been done in yellow instead of white and the yellow and green looked the same to him.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

My guess is your relatives are irritated with the idea of anyone finding stuff with their kid since he’s so young, not even in school yet. I have a few friends with toddlers who get bombarded with inquiries of autism, add/adhd, all kinds of stuff to explain why the kids are basically just forming toddlers and they’re fed up more than in denial. They want to wait to see some peer on peer difficulties before taking the kids to get doctored.

Blackberry's avatar

Not that I know of, it’s a condition one can’t help, who would have a problem with it? Modern Warfare 3 (a video game) actually added a feature to help colorblind people play their game, so if anything, people are thinking about you and care :)

As far the people in denial, they don’t seem very smart.

FutureMemory's avatar

It’s never bothered me, and I’ve never been teased over it.

My mother is always shocked when I tell her that browns and reds are pretty close on the color spectrum, in my eyes. Are they really that different?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@FutureMemory Sorry, huge difference. And if you start with the shades it’s amazing.

FutureMemory's avatar

That’s what she says :). It sure would be interesting to see how the world looks to you non-colorblind people.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@FutureMemory Oh crap, you haven’t seen the leaves in the Fall. Oh that hurts.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JilltheTooth I got a malicious toolbox warning when I clicked on your answer.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe : Really? That’s odd, it works for me normally. I’ll see if I can find it in another place.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Try this and scroll down a bit…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Checked again and didn’t get any warnings. Must have been the porn site I was on just before that.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’m telling.

FutureMemory's avatar

My people are oppressed :/

JilltheTooth's avatar

Sympathy for your plight abounds…

fizzbanger's avatar

It might cause a person to flunk a military flight physical, or get denied a very prestigious government or engineering position in India.

Maybe the parents have extremely esoteric career aspirations for their son?

keobooks's avatar

For some reason, I never got any updates about this question until now. Anyway, I think my sister in law is in denial about it. Her son is SIX btw, not a toddler. He got held back a year in preschool because he showed signs of immaturity. Not knowing his colors was one of the red flags (pun not intended.)

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