As always I will preface this question with the fact that I only have a high school education, so I may be overlooking something, or unaware of something that is inherent to the question.
That being said, as I understand it, in QCD color represents the strength of the strong force on a given quark. Additionally a baryon must be color neutral in composition. However, quarks of different color behave identically. Why do these quarks behave the same if they are affected by the strong force differently?
I've been thinking about this a bit, and the only thing that I can think of is that as gluons are particles that carry the strong force the difference is what gluons the quarks are able to interact with, and since color is conserved the baryon is able to persist through these color changes.
Am I on the right track with this or is there something else going on here?