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The Rachel Dolezal story broke and released a fury of opinions on Twitter. Of course, some of these are far more valid than others. It comes as no surprise that many are not only utterly clueless but ignorant to the reasons why every aspect of this entire ordeal is not only problematic, but deeply representative of White privilege. So I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent responses I have seen to this fiasco and some responses to them to help clear everything up.

1.  “Rachel Dolezal becoming Black proves that race is a social construct.” Race is a social construct, but let’s please not forget that it is a social construct created to benefit Whiteness and White people. For that reason, lighter skinned Blacks (i.e. more genetically White) individuals have always been positioned hierarchically above their darker skinned kin. A White woman becoming a light-skinned Black woman represents nothing more than White privilege. With a bit of bronzer and a curly perm, a White woman can magically become Black and tracked into one of  highest political position Black women can attain.

Transgenderism, Also, the majority of brown and dark brown people cannot simply wake up, put on some lighter color make-up and claim that they are White. If there were truly such a thing as a transracial, both Black and White people would be free to gain entry into Whiteness and Blackness freely. Of course, that’s not the case.

2. “If she is interested in helping Black people, why not let her?” An individual does not have to pretend to be another race to become active in a political cause. No one said that she should not participate in Civil Right’s Activism, hell, the NAACP was founded by White people who were sympathetic to Black progress. For that reason, it should come as no surprise that the NAACP has no race requirements for participation or even entry into leadership positions. Dolezal misrepresenting her race does nothing for the advancement of colored people. Especially not when she has the nerve to make up lies about her past like “I lived in a teepee” or falsely claimed her parents abused her and her siblings based on complexion.

3. “Pretending to be Black is appropriation.” Absolutely. Especially when we consider this woman only recently made her transition into “Blackness” around 2007 (per the claims of her mother). A transition looked like styling her hair in box braids, talking about Black movies and Black culture from the point of view of a Black woman, getting a curly perm and making claims that she was victimized because of her race. She appropriated not only a “Black look”, but tried to make herself more culturally Black to be accepted into Black spaces. If this is not a case of obvious appropriation, I’m not sure what is.

4. “If we support transgenderism, why can’t we support a transracial identity?” Well, simply, because transracialism does not exist and cannot be applied to greater society. Please return to point number one. If we understand race to be a social construct created to benefit whiteness, which denies most POC of color access to Whiteness, how the heck can the majority of people of color be transracial? The only transracial identity that has ever existed for Black people is one of “passing”, which is just the denial of one’s Black ancestry to gain access into the White world.

5. “This woman is crazy.” Mental health is not something to make jokes about and no one can say for certain whether or not the lies this woman told were the result of some mental health issue, but that does not mean her actions were not problematic. A woman who lies about her background, gets a Black man to pretend to be her father, rises to the highest ranks of an organization for the advancement of colored people under false pretenses and claims to be the mother of Black children that are really her brothers, needs help whether she has a mental disorder or not.

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  • Sam Young

    So many Fake Hypocrites on these websites. What you really need is to Repent of your Sin, Self Centeredness and Hypocrisy and Genuinely Receive Jesus Christ as your Personal Saviour. And please drop the Satanic Political Correctness Nonsense, you’re not going to be judged by a Hypocritical Standard but by a Sinless Holy God.

    • DeeJay522

      Sam, when you talk to god next time, could you ask him to give me a call, I have a few questions. Thanks.

    • Sam Young

      Hey “DeeJay” just wait a while after you die, you’ll realize what a fool you were to reject the Biblical God, and Jesus Christ. Anyone can get saved, but if you don’t it’s off to. Hell you go. You won’t like it !!! I’m going to pray that God convicts you of your Sin , Hypocrisy and Rebellion. Your Conscience is bothering you right now, there’s no doubt about it.

    • DeeJay522

      My conscience is just fine, but thanks your concern. If your god were real, its his conscious that should be bothering him. However, he isn’t real and religion was nothing more than an ancient way of controlling civilization. However, let me play along with your fairy tale for a moment. This god you worship; here are a few things he is responsible for and or condoned in history according to your scripture:

      JOSHUA 6:21-27 Under God’s direction, Joshua destroyed the entire city of Jericho…men, women, teenagers and infants…with the edge of the sword. The soldiers then pillaged the silver, gold, bronze and iron for God and burned the city.

      –Imagine the use attacking a country and going in after a victory and killing all the children including infants. That would go over great.

      JOSHUA 6:21-27 Under God’s direction, Joshua destroyed the entire city of Jericho…men, women, teenagers and infants…with the edge of the sword. The soldiers then pillaged the silver, gold, bronze and iron for God and burned the city.

      JUDGES 20:43-48 The Israelites killed 25,000 men. 600 men fled to the desert. The Israelites went and put everyone in the towns “to the sword, including the animals and everything else they found.” Then they burned the towns down.

      JUDGES 21:10-12 The assembly killed every male and non-virgin female in Jabesh Gilead. They found 400 virgins to bring back for themselves.

      –In case you can’t understand the gravity of this…god’s army captured young girls took them back to their city and screwed them without their consent. This is what civilized people call rape, kidnapping and in the case of the non virgins murder. I wan’t nothing to do with a god like this.

      1 SAMUEL 18:27 David and his men killed 200 Philistines, presenting their foreskins to the king to win Michal in marriage.

      —Seriously? a “man after gods own heart” is chopping of the penis tips of his enemy to win the hand of a girl in marriage. That is one sadistic god you server.

      2 SAMUEL 24:15 God sent a plague on Israel to punish David for sin. 70,000 people died.

      –Clearly whoever wrote this fairy tale was ok with the god they created being truly fucked up in the head. He gets pissed at his whipping boy so he punishes 70,000 people who had nothing to do with it.

      Do you realize, if you took just a few of the actions of god and his servants that he was pleased with and told the same stories, but changed the names so that it appeared a muslim extremest was the perpetrator you crazy ass religious nuts would be screaming TERRORIST…

      I find it funny that you fools will pray for a parking spot at the mall and honestly believe that god helped you find one, but then accept that fact that this same god that helped you find a parking spot choose to IGNORE the prayers of the parent with a child that has cancer. I don’t need a god who is more concerned with helping some religious nut find his car keys or a good parking spot than he is saving a child who is starving or has cancer. You can keep that god to yourself.