A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 18, 2018
“‘I don’t see color,’ she said, as she ran the traffic light”

"I don’t see color” is an expression meaning that the color of someone’s skin is not relevant to this person. A traffic light joke takes this expression literally. “‘I don’t see color.’-- people who’d be awful to be stuck behind at a traffic light” was posted on Twitter on September 17, 2015. “‘I don’t see color ‘, people worry me...Fucker how you know what to do at a traffic light?” was posted on Twitter on July 30, 2016. “‘I don’t see color,’ she said, as she ran the traffic light” was posted on Reddit—Oneliners on May 18, 2018.

Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, popularized the line when interviewing American conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren on November 30, 2016:

TOMI LAHREN: I don’t see color.
TREVOR NOAH: So what do you do at a traffic light?



Twitter
better off red
@bravenewgrrrl
“I don’t see color.”
-- people who’d be awful to be stuck behind at a traffic light
11:00 PM - 17 Sep 2015

Twitter
Junk Yard Green
@JunkYardGreen
“ I don’t see color “, people worry me…
Fucker how you know what to do at a traffic light?
9:33 PM - 30 Jul 2016

Twitter
Alyssa
@SOLONIALLRlSE
“I don’t see color.” “You don’t see color? So what do you do at a traffic light?”
11:25 PM - 30 Nov 2016

Twitter
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@sebandretoma
@TomiLahren : I don’t see color.
@Trevornoah : So what do you do at a traffic light? πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€
11:26 PM - 30 Nov 2016

Twitter
Ric Brown
@RUINSNODE801
“@keithboykin: Tomi Lahren: “I don’t see color.”
Trevor Noah: “So what do you do at a traffic light?”
#TheDailyShow
1:30 PM - 2 Dec 2016

Reddit—The Donald
Tomi > I judge people by diversity of thought I don’t see color. Trevor > You don’t see color, so what do you do at a traffic light. *Crickets* Sargon > Legend has it, Trevor Noah is a comedian. LMAO. [Sargon of Akkad] (self.The_Donald)
submitted December 3, 2016 by CarlosDangrAnthropod

Reddit—Oneliners
“I don’t see color,” she said, as she ran the traffic light.
submitted May 18, 2018 by iamalmostlegend

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Friday, May 18, 2018 • Permalink