What up world! Welcome to another edition of The Blog About Nothing. The hardest thing about writing a weekly blog is finding out a topic, or topics you want to blog about. You see, it’s easy to pick a topic. It’s harder to actually put an opinion to it. However, I want to throw my two cents on an individual that has made the news this morning for calling herself something she’s not. The thing is I don’t want to shame her. It’s not my place. However, something in me feels the need to address it. So here we go. Lets do this!
I am talking about the curious case of Rachel Dolezal. If you are unaware Ms. Dolezal is the President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. She is also an adjunct professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University. Ms. Dolezal is a voice in the African-American community in her City. She should be commended for taking on the role as a President in the NAACP, except for one thing: she is not black. She is ethnically not belonging to a minority race, or a “colored person”. Ms. Dolezal has become a national story because her family has recently outed her for not being what she claims to be: a black woman.
Ms. Dolezal is biologically white. According to her family she is of German and Czech roots. There may also be a trace of Native American in her blood. However, her family adopted several black children and at some point in her life Rachel started to identify as a black woman. She started to represent herself as a black woman, and it is claimed that she posted a picture on her Facebook page of an older black man calling that man her father. He is not.
If you were to see a picture of Ms. Dolezal you would see that she appears to be light skinned. She looks African-American to be honest. She has braids in her hair, married to a black man, and honestly if it wasn’t for this “controversy” she’d live a comfortable life as a black woman. That’s why I don’t understand why this is a news story.
Who cares how Ms. Dolezal wants to live? If this is a country that for the most part is going out of their way to accept Caitlyn Jenner, then why should we give a damn if Rachel Dolezal is a white woman who wants to be black? Can’t we not be whatever the hell we damn please in the United States of America (tongue in cheek sarcasm be noted)?
I’ll admit that I think her impact in the community would have been more respected if she didn’t deceive the same people she represents. If she approached the black community in her area of Washington state as a white woman who was sympathetic to the black cause she would have a greater impact. By being deceitful of her ethnic roots she’ll likely have to resign from her office and her position as an adjunct professor, but if Rachel wants to be a black woman then I for one welcome her to the diaspora. Look, any voice that can help advance the community instead of weakening it would be greatfully accepted.
Plus how many people from another race would want to call themselves black anyway? As Chris Rock once joked: if Bill Gates woke up one day with Oprah Winfrey money, he’d jump out of a window and split his wrists while falling. While that joke wasn’t necessarily about the misappropriation of race, it tied into a commentary that he was making that many whites don’t necessarily want to trade places with blacks in America. So to have a white woman who actually wants to be black and represent African-Americans should be applauded. Not shamed.
I needed to get that off my chest. It’s a short blog, and usually I prefer discussing lighter topics, but after reading a few articles about Ms. Dolezal and listening to the topic on a few radio programs that I like, I just felt the need to put my words out there.
I’m done. Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting www.7poundbag.com.
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