I'mma totally blow your minds

Black isn't a color. It's color is based on the fact that it has no color, but that's common fact, and totally not mind-blowing. 
However, when someone is referring to a "colored person" they are technically referring to everyone BESIDES black people, as they are black, and therefore, not colored, while they are white, and therefore colored. 

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Edited by Red

Black isn't a color. It's color is based on the fact that it has no color, but that's common fact, and totally not mind-blowing. 
However, when someone is referring to a "colored person" they are technically referring to everyone BESIDES black people, as they are black, and therefore, not colored, while they are white, and therefore colored. 

Posted by buzz_clik

I thought both white and black (and all the greys in between) were tones, rather than colours.

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Posted by MrMuise

"black" people are various shades of brown due to higher levels of melanin, also by your logic white people are also not coloured because white is also a shade.

Posted by AgentJ

But when you are looking at something, black results from every color reflecting back into your eyes. So really, it's more like a rainbow than a lack of color

Posted by Xeiphyer

Looks like topic poster read something in his grade 8 science book or something and thought nobody knew =P 
I Suppose it could have been art too lol.
 
Anyways, black people aren't really black anyways, in fact, white people really aren't white at all, we are acutally transluent, thats why you can see your veins, and you can totally shine light thru your fingers lol.
 
OH ALSO, Who calls black people "coloured people" any more? That was an  1800-1900's term? It dissapeared around the time slavery did? lol. It stopped being relevant when asians, indians, native americans, and everyone else started becoming common.
 
So I change my mind again, you read it in a social textbook, or had your teacher tell you probably? I would assume anyone who reads things semi-often probably wouldn't expect everyones mind's to be blown by this.
 
/close thread?

Posted by Damian
@buzz_clik said:
" I thought both white and black (and all the greys in between) were tones, rather than colours. "
If memory serves, white is the reflection of all colours at once.
Posted by MrMuise
@Xeiphyer: People above 65-70 still use the term "coloured people", When slavery was abolished that didn't make everybody hug each other and be accepting. People in their fifties and maybe late forties can remember segregation. The guy that opened the thread is indeed a simpleton though, I shall agree with you there.
Posted by CactusWolf

This thread did not blow my mind.  
 
So, uh... Yeah.

Posted by TwoOneFive
@Red said:
" Black isn't a color. It's color is based on the fact that it has no color, but that's common fact, and totally not mind-blowing. However, when someone is referring to a "colored person" they are technically referring to everyone BESIDES black people, as they are black, and therefore, not colored, while they are white, and therefore colored.  "
im pretty sure all people are a shade a brown. 
Posted by Symphony
@AgentJ said:
" But when you are looking at something, black results from every color reflecting back into your eyes. So really, it's more like a rainbow than a lack of color "
Ahh this has always been a facinating subject.
 
The answer is... Black is the absence of color when color is perceived as light (also known as the Additive Color Theory). As such, from this perspective it is not a color.
 
However, based on the Subtractive Color Theory where color is perceived as pigment, black is the sum of all colors and white is the absence of color. So from this perspective black is a color.
 
So... Black is a color, and it isn't. Just depends on how you look at it. :)
Posted by AgentJ
@Symphony: Wait, so did I have it backwards?
Posted by Symphony
@AgentJ:  You had it half-right, as did Damian who said the exact opposite.
 
Both work depending on which theory you go with -- yours would be based on Subtractive Color Theory, while Damian's would be based on Additive Color Theory.
Posted by Bubahula

black is the absence of visible light being reflected to your eyes, black objects absorb all rays of light so we dont see any colours, white reflects all so it is a blending of every colour. thats grade 7 stuff there,
Posted by Shadow

No one's Black.  Everyone is just different shades of brown.

Posted by Ubiquitous

Black is perceived as such because the pigment of the object absorbs all visible light. White is perceived as such because the pigment of the object reflect all visible light. Colors are perceived when only certain frequencies of light are reflected, and some are absorbed.  
 
So no black isn't a color, and this thread is ridiculously stupid.  
 
/post
Posted by Ubiquitous

@Bubahula:
 damn, you kinda beat me to it.

Posted by artofwar420

If someone says colored people they're idiots.

Posted by adam_grif

Black is the absence of light, however there is no such thing as "true black". The closest we get to it is absorption of ~99.99 of EM radiation bouncing off something.
 
"Black people" are dark, not black. It's just a euphemism, "White" people are more lightish yellow/orange than white.

Posted by Sabata

Mind remains un-blown.  Also: black people aren't really even black; they're dark brown.

Posted by Symphony
@Bubahula said:
" black is the absence of visible light being reflected to your eyes, black objects absorb all rays of light so we dont see any colours, white reflects all so it is a blending of every colour. thats grade 7 stuff there, "
Wouldn't have said anything except for the fact you mentioned "grade 7 stuff there" which gives me the impression that you're saying "Duh, it's like this"... except you're only looking at it from one perspective and you're missing the entire Subtractive Color Theory argument, which I doubt was taught in your 7th grade science class, and if it was... why weren't you listening? ;)
Posted by PenguinDust

There's only one color that matters anyway...and it ain't black or white.

Posted by luce

don't worry TC
 
you blew my mind

Posted by MattyFTM

But black/coloured people's skin isn't actually black. It's brown (sometimes to the point of being almost black, but never quite fully black). So "Coloured" is far more correct than "Black".
 
My mind remains fully unblown.

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Posted by mikyy

wat this topic is pointless. black isnt a colour... okay...  my mind is definatly not blown. slightly awkward topic. no point of it and not interesting

Posted by cinemandrew
@Symphony said:
" @AgentJ said:
" But when you are looking at something, black results from every color reflecting back into your eyes. So really, it's more like a rainbow than a lack of color "
Ahh this has always been a facinating subject.  The answer is... Black is the absence of color when color is perceived as light (also known as the Additive Color Theory). As such, from this perspective it is not a color.  However, based on the Subtractive Color Theory where color is perceived as pigment, black is the sum of all colors and white is the absence of color. So from this perspective black is a color. So... Black is a color, and it isn't. Just depends on how you look at it. :) "
Exactly what I was going to say. Well, this is a more informed version of what I was going to say, but I would've gotten the point across. I think...
Posted by RetroIce4

Black and White are not colors. Absence of light and addition of light.

Posted by Video_Game_King

My mind is confused and flaccid; you do not know the art of blowing minds.

Posted by natetodamax

How about we refer to people as humans, as one individual race?

Posted by Gamer_152

='( I was promised mind-blowing.

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Edited by FluxWaveZ
@natetodamax said:

" How about we refer to people as humans, as one individual race? "

That will never happen.  I mean, you don't just see a dog when you see one, right?  It's a Labrador, a Chihuahua or something else.
Posted by natetodamax
@FluxWaveZ said:
" @natetodamax said:
" How about we refer to people as humans, as one individual race? "
That will never happen. "
Because people aren't willing to be smart.
Posted by brooksee
@Red:  
 
I will further blow your mind. White is not a color, but the combination of all colors at once!
Posted by Lies

For someone named "Red" you show a surprising lack of understanding of your fellow colors.

Edited by adam_grif
@natetodamax said:

" @FluxWaveZ said:

" @natetodamax said:
" How about we refer to people as humans, as one individual race? "
That will never happen. "
Because people aren't willing to be smart. "
Or because distinctions are sometimes useful or necessary. How would the porn industry survive if they couldn't tag their videos things like "XXX Latina Gangbang" or "Ebony teen takes it all"?
 
You should feel bad now.
Posted by Xeiphyer

OK lets at least blow a few minds I suppose in this terrible topic, so here we go I guess....
 
LAMP... or... LEGS?


 
Crazy Right?
 
 
Now if you have already seen this before... 
 
 
 
How about this part?!?!
 
 
 
****SPOILER TO FIRST PICTURE!!!****
 
 
 
 


 
 
Interesting huh?!
 
 
SO there we go... close thread pleaseee!
Posted by GreggD
@MrMuise said:
" @Xeiphyer: People above 65-70 still use the term "coloured people", When slavery was abolished that didn't make everybody hug each other and be accepting. People in their fifties and maybe late forties can remember segregation. The guy that opened the thread is indeed a simpleton though, I shall agree with you there. "
And black dudes still say "person of color", in some circles.
Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin
@Red said:
"However, when someone is referring to a "colored person" they are technically referring to everyone BESIDES black people, as they are black, and therefore, not colored, while they are white, and therefore colored.  "


Will Smith is the greatest colorless actor of all time.
Posted by Lydian_Sel
@Gamer_152 said:
"

='( I was promised mind-blowing.

"
Posted by Red

Alright, alright, I know some of your minds weren't blown, but this will MORE than make up for it. 

Posted by Asurastrike
@Red said:
" Black isn't a color. It's color is based on the fact that it has no color, but that's common fact, and totally not mind-blowing. However, when someone is referring to a "colored person" they are technically referring to everyone BESIDES black people, as they are black, and therefore, not colored, while they are white, and therefore colored.  "
Except that black people are brown.
Posted by GamerGeek360

WOAH! I never thought of it that way!

Posted by ZeForgotten

Ofn, but yeah :D

Posted by TheGamerGeek

own'd

Posted by Soap

Since when were white people white anyway?
 
If you appear to be white my advice is... seek sunlight... or a doctor.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Ok, Red, you redeemed yourself.

Posted by ahriman22

I already knew that....

Posted by Gizmo
@Red said:
" Black isn't a color. It's color is based on the fact that it has no color, but that's common fact, and totally not mind-blowing. However, when someone is referring to a "colored person" they are technically referring to everyone BESIDES black people, as they are black, and therefore, not colored, while they are white, and therefore colored.  "

Posted by RichardLOlson

White is a color and black is a color.

Posted by Creamypies

Did you know that you can't kill yourself by holding your breath?