I read an op-ed piece a few weeks back, in the aftermath of the whole Bruce Jenner affair (“His mama named him Clay, I’ma call him Clay!“) that for the life of me I can’t find again or I would post it here.
The gist of it was that the author would refer to Jenner as a man, forever, despite what Jenner wanted or what operations s/he had, because thats what s/he IS. And as point of argument, the author said something along the lines of, “If a Scandinavian kid with blonde hair and blue eyes self-identifies as black, perms his hair, tans his skin, and adopts the mannerisms often associated with blacks….am I supposed to start saying he’s black? Or is he a white guy pretending to be black?”
Deeper and more philosophical discussions of cultural appropriation aside, I read this and thought, “Interesting viewpoint…but a far fetched comparison. That would never truly HAPPEN.”
It fucking HAPPENED.
— Michael King (@mhking) June 12, 2015
Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal falsely portrays herself as black, family says
SPOKANE, Wash. — Controversy is swirling around one of the Spokane region’s most prominent civil rights activists, with family members saying the local leader of the NAACP has falsely portrayed herself as black for years.
Rachel Dolezal is president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, chair of the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, and an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University.
The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that questions have arisen about her background and her numerous complaints to police of harassment. The story was first reported by the Coeur d’Alene Press.
Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne, says the family’s ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, with a touch of Native American heritage.
Dolezal has identified herself in application materials as white, black and Native American.
Police say they have found little evidence of racial harassment.
In my best caucasian girl voice, “Stop. Really? Stop. I can’t even. I just can’t even. I can’t even begin to even.”
Are you fucking KIDDING me?
As a bi-racial person, I was offended, shocked and outright pissed when I read this. Granted, I may be “half-white”…but my brown skin, full lips and curly hair mean I have to TELL people about the white half. It also means the local Klan rally doesn’t really want to hear how both of my grandmothers were, in fact, white German women. Nope. They’ll spot me as “nigger” from a block away.
Then it hit me.
That article from a few weeks back.
That guy had a valid point.
And I was now living it.
Can the same media that says…no…DEMANDS that we accept that Bruce Jenner wants to be called “Caitlyn” and that he wants to be known as “she”, simply because he “self-identifies as female”…The same media, mind you, that celebrates Bruce Jenner for being “brave” enough to come out in public and be herself….while at the same time castigating Tim Tebow for being brave enough to come out in public and be himself.
Can this same media be outraged at the pretty blonde lady who “self-identifies” as black?
Let’s be honest, this could be an elaborate con-job that goes down in the annals of bunco history for generations to come. Con-artists the world over could tell the story of Rachel Dolezal who conned an entire ethnic group into not only believing she was one of them, but, into electing her to have their best interests at heart. They could tuck their little con-artist children into bed with whispers like, “Get a good nights sleep honey, and you’ll grow up to be like Rachel.” or cajole them into eating their veggies with refrains of, “How are you going to grown up strong enough to pull off a Dolezal if you don’t eat your peas?”.
But, I would hazard a guess, that on some level, this woman THINKS she is black.
“The black man is the most copied man on this planet. Everybody wanna be a nigga, but don’t nobody wanna BE a nigger.
– Paul Mooney
And I have to wonder, is THIS where we draw the line? Do we draw it here and say no further?
Saying you’re a different gender than the one the factory gave you, and then paying a doctor to slice and dice you to fit that description….thats NORMAL.
But, saying you’re a different race? Thats just WEIRD?
Is this what we as a society are saying?
Is this what our media wants us to believe?
And how am I supposed to feel? What am I supposed to THINK?
I’m sure I will revisit this issue in the coming weeks, but for right now, I just sit and shake my head and wonder. Because this woman certainly LOOKS black. She even Tweets black:
— Rachel Dolezal (@HarlmRenaissanc) January 25, 2012
But apparently is NOT black. Not even a little. Apparently the only black in her would be the men shes dated.
I have to agree with Damon Young on this one. I will NEVER tire of this story, or its further details, nor it’s further further details.
Fuck whats going on with the Kardashians.
Rachel Dolezal….WTFs Next?