COLORBLIND PEOPLE OUTRAGED BY FIFA’S INDIFFERENCE
Colorblindness is not a disease but an anomaly. However, it doesn’t prevent the colorblind from experiencing discrimination. This year’s World Cup was a source of outrage for them because athletes often appeared indistinguishable, turning the spectacle into chaos.
For example, Russia and Saudi Arabia came out in red and green respectively. These colors are often not able to be told apart. Furthermore, colorblindness isn’t so rare. Every 12th man or 200th woman has some form or another.
Those who cannot see the world in all its colorful glory suffer from an error in the function of their cones. These are photosensitive receptors in the retina. Red, green, and blue pigments contained in these cones allow you to see normally.
And although colorblindness does not lend itself to treatment, there are lenses that can help people distinguish shades.
This doesn’t mean that they see the world incorrectly. There are much more serious eye problems. Ultimately, no one really knows what the “real world” looks like, anyway.
As Erwin Schrödinger said, «You and I, both see yellow. But according to the prevailing view of science, there is no way of knowing whether the interior experience you have when you see yellow is the same as the interior experience I have when I see yellow. Of course, we know that we shall both say the word yellow when we look at a buttercup, or at light of 5,00 angstroms. But this says nothing about the inner experience we have. »
Colorblindness is unevenly distributed. A relatively large percentage of the colorblind live in the Czech Republic and Slovenia, but there are none on Fiji.
COLORBLIND PEOPLE AND SOCCER
Back to the World Cup. According to statistics, there is at least one colorblind person on each team, but they stay quiet under the assumption it can affect their career.
But since half the planet was wildly passionate about this tournament, FIFA’s indifference to uniform color led to violent protests by the colorblind and their supporters.
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