I keep seeing stories about Rachel Dolezal, the “trans-black” woman who was born white but chose to live as a black woman.  She went so far as to become the head of the NAACP in Spokane, WA before she was eventually found out.  Remember her?

Infamy has not been kind to Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who kicked off a national debate about racial identity after claiming she is black though her parents are white.

The only work she’s been offered since the scandal broke in 2015 is in reality TV and pornography, she says in a new interview with Britain’s The Guardian newspaper.

She still, unapologetically, identifies as a black woman and does not believe she did anything wrong.

Can somebody help me with this?  What exactly did she do that was wrong and why is it perfectly okay to laugh at her for this life choice of hers?  I don’t understand why there’s a double standard with regard to “trans” identity where it’s okay for gender but not okay for race.

First off, the science.  There is less genetic difference between a black woman and a white woman than there is between a white man and a white woman, isn’t there?  Is this really a gigantic leap of faith to say, “Oh, yeah, she has dark skin and kinky hair.  Guess she’s black!” when compared to how someone can say with a straight face, “You can be born a man, still have your penis, not take any hormones, and even continue to dress like a man but if you want to be called a woman everybody has to regard you as one or they are bigots.”

Second, and I hate to say this, but there are trans-sexuals who don’t put forth nearly as much effort into fully embracing the physical changes needed to pull off a convincing identity change, but she’s the one who we can’t take seriously?  Socially speaking, she’s black.  Culturally, she’s black.  Her being black injured no black people; in fact, she had dedicated her life to improving the lives of black people.  I can’t find anything wrong here.

I just can’t understand why she’s a joke and a disgrace when virtually every other type of trans-identity is perfectly acceptable and we all have to join in no matter how delusional it is.  It’s weird to me.  She’s weird too, but at least she’s a well-intentioned weirdo.

6 comments

  1. It’s hard to keep score with identity politics. It’s kinda like Calvin Ball, who knows WTF the rules are!? Our 1st lady just got into trouble.

  2. Ha! Calvin Ball is a great analogy. And just when you think you have it figured out, you get socked in the head with the ball and the other side steals your flag.

  3. The original objection was that she was lying. She didn’t claim to be trans anything, she lied about who her father was.
    We can also argue some about gender identity and how it’s not as simple as you make it sound, but that’s a separate subject.
    I agree that she wasn’t hurting anyone, aside from her parents, originally. The outrage was mostly about the lying.

  4. Is that what it is? The lying? I’m surprised by that. Elizabeth Warren’s claims of her ancestry are widely challenged, but I don’t think it detracts from her accomplishments in the eyes of people who admire what she does.

  5. Fuck. That’s a way better thread title. It’s official: I hate this post. Nobody comment on this thread anymore.

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