Chromophobia manifests itself in the many and varied attempts to purge color colour from culture, to deval- ue colour, to diminish its significance, to deny its complexity. More specifically: this purging of colour is usually accomplished in one of two ways. In the first, colour is made out to be the property of some ‘foreign’ body - usually the feminine, the oriental, the primitive, the infantile, the vulgar, the queer or the pathological. ...
In the second, colour is relegated to the realm of the superficial, the supplementary, the inessential or the cosmetic. In one, colour is regarded as alien and therefore as dangerous; in the other, it is perceived merely as a secondary quality of experience, and thus unworthy of serious consideration. Colour is dangerous, or it is trivial, or it is both.
(It is typical of prejudices to conflate the sinister and the superficial.)
Either way, colour is routinely excluded from the higher concerns of the Mind. It is other to the higher values of Western culture. Or perhaps culture is other to the higher values of colour. Or colour is the corruption of culture.
Above all all whites are plural. And in being plural, they are therefore not pure. Here is the problem: not white : not whites : but generalized white, because generalized white
whiteness is abstract, detached and open to contamination by terms like pure
Not perceiving what is visibly there, psychoanalalysts call this negative hallucination. Taken from the book Chromophobia by David Batchelor