I told you all that I wouldn’t rant about Caitlyn Jenner being a transgender woman. I had better things on my mind than to condemn/praise a man that has made himself happy being who he is and frankly his decision didn’t surprise me. In other words, go read up on Thai society. BUT I will not stand for Rachel Dolezal and her deceitful, selfish ‘transracial’ life. I will not!
Now, let me get something straight here. You are who want to be. You want to be a man when you’re a woman? Fine. You want to bleach your skin and wear long hair and call yourself white? We won’t believe you, society will ridicule you, but go ahead. Rachel Dolezal doing (whatever) to her skin and putting in a nappy weave is fine and dandy too.
But the way she went about identifying herself as ‘black’ was wrong. So very wrong. She lied to thousands of people about her family background and never tried to correct the media when they called her bi-racial or black. She just stuck to the identification like glue. Deluded herself into thinking it was that easy. So very easy to become black.
Well let me tell you, Ms. Dolezal, from one black woman to a non-black woman: it’s not that simple! And she must know this, being a former NAACP leader. Race is an identity that transcends the colour of one’s skin. Societal and cultural implications and issues center around race. It’s not something to be toyed with. Yes, she had adopted black siblings so her home life was diverse. But she also had Caucasian biological parents. Why would you erase that part of your life? She speaks about empowerment and embracing black culture but she won’t embrace her white culture? Why? Because its ‘cooler’ to only associate with black people?
Listen to me, white woman. Race is not a trend or a fashion you can suddenly take up and model. The black race is not the cool kid in high school who you have to be associated with or your teenage life is over. The black race is bigger than all of us, has more complexities than our global society can truly handle and will continue to be complex as long as we live. You can’t erase your Caucasian background because it doesn’t suit your needs.
You can’t erase your white background any more than a black person can erase his black background. Trust me, black people have been trying to be more than their race since slavery days. We have been calling ourselves ‘quadroon’ and ‘mulatto’ for other races to treat us differently. Rachel Dolezal thinks she’s the only one who knows this game? In the end, it all came down to this: one drop of white doesn’t make a lick of a difference. We are as black as we come.
Rachel Dolezal’s omission of her Caucasian background was wrong and she’s a hypocrite. Don’t talk about empowerment when you have a bag full of white lies. Pun very much intended. She has done numerous interviews where she explains her lies poorly, which goes to show you how manipulative this woman became. In an interview with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, when asked why she identifies with black she gave this answer: “First of all, it means that I have really gone there with the experience in terms of being a mother of two black sons and really owning what it — what it means to experience and live blackness” Wait a minute, Rachel. Wait a damn minute. You identify yourself as black because you know the experiences you’ve had with two black sons? You think anecdotes from other black people make you black? This woman did not go to college and get a masters. She is not going to insult the post-grad community with this bullshit!
Here’s more to her answer–ha! This woman is a bag of laughs. “Another aspect would be that I, as a — from a very young age, felt a spiritual, visceral, this feeling of central connection with black is beautiful, you know, just the black experience and wanting to celebrate that.” So you can’t celebrate black people with your white self? What makes your sympathy greater when you pose as a white woman? I could care less about all the work she has done in the black community.A white sympathizer is just as powerful an empowered black woman. She was deceitful, selfish and manipulated the very people she supposedly loves. It’s disrespect in the highest form and I’m not here for it.
Verses Caitlyn Jenner? Let me tell you the difference between her and Cait since everyone seems so surprisingly confused about it. Caitlyn opened up about her dissatisfaction with her male body. Note the word dissatisfaction, please. She didn’t wake up one day, put on women’s clothes and denied she was ever a man. She was born a man and kept on being a man until she was tired of being a man. There were no cover-ups, there were no lies. Her history as a man is transparent. Everyone knows who she was and who she is now.
She didn’t criticize people for not being ‘woman’ enough and she sure as hell didn’t manipulate anyone into donating money to her ‘woman cause’. Come on, people! If you all need further convincing, read this article on why comparing Rachel to Caitlyn just doesn’t add up. Right to be black? What the…? There have been supporters of Dolezal, although–thank God–they are in the minority. It’s bad enough that she has supporters helping her to promote her ridiculousness but then I find out some of those supporters are black people. The same people she’s ridiculing. An article by Camille Richard Gear states that Rachel has a right to be black since she must have thought that in her work, becoming black would help her be more trustworthy within the black community. “Dolezal is disturbing for many people because she marks a cultural fault line”. She’s disturbing because her lies lead to more lies and many more lies and now her entire history is shady. She should not have lied, but she lied for reasons with which we can sympathize.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar feels that we should leave Rachel Dolezal alone because she has done a lot for the black community.
Like I said, she could have helped the black race without becoming black herself. Harriet Tubman, for example, had white sympathizers help her hide runaway slaves. They didn’t believe they should become black. Why bother? They were helping as best as they could and we don’t hate them for it.
I’d give a more profound ending but the ridiculousness tires me. If you have anything to add or rebut, go ahead in the comments.