While there is a school of thought that says we should be “colorblind” and treat everybody equally, this ignores the historic exclusion of those not considered white and the need to recognize and value our differences. In the context of race, being colorblind marginalizes negative racial conflicts, cultural heritage, and unique perspectives of people of color. Colorblindness stands in the way of our necessity to address racial differences and difficulties—we cannot be colorblind until we address all the issues that color consciousness has created.
If you are interested in working for PF&R, you should understand the concept of equity. You can learn more at the City's Office of Equity and Human Rights' website found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/62165.