Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rachel Dolezal. Do we really Care?

Dolezal's deception was unnoticed for
years . Why everyone is
jumping  the gun?
 Its's vary true that our nation suffers from racism, that so much of it has been plaid on the media .We can no longer say we are color blind any more ? . Does it really matter ? The case of  Rachel Dolezal can be a bit perplexing , so you have to look at some of her circumstances . RACHEL DOLEZAL  (1)>>was, until very recently, the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. She gave up the leadership post a couple days after her parents, who claim European ancestry (with, perhaps, a dash of Native American), outed their daughter as white. Ms Dolezal, who grew up alongside four adopted black siblings, says she connected with the experience of black Americans early on. It's hard to doubt her commitment. In addition to presenting herself as black, she married (and divorced) a black man, attended Howard University, America's most prestigious historically black college, and became president of an NAACP chapter. Though she admits to dabbling in some "creative nonfiction" about her racial background, (2)>> Ms Dolezal continues to insist that she is not white. "I definitely am not white," she told Savannah Guthrie on NBC. "I'm more black than I am white. That's the accurate answer from my truth". After she was accused of pretending to be black, told msnbc’s Melissa Harris-Perry in an exclusive interview that she is black. She also explained what it meant to her to “experience and live blackness.” You may have seen the word (3)>> “transracial” being thrown around and people saying choosing to be black is like Caitlyn Jenner choosing to be female.Coming on the heels of Bruce Jenner's announcement that he identifies as a woman, and will answer henceforth to "Caitlyn", the story of Ms Dolezal and her personal “truth” has been the source of both consternation and confusion. It’s unclear how much of it’s sincere and how much is just straight-up trolling, but MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry entertained the notion on her show today with kind of a huge question.“Is it possible that she might actually be black?” But transracial does not mean what some white Americans like Dolezal apparently wish it to mean. Most Americans of black ancestry, and most everyone left-of-center, did not take kindly to the notion of elective white-to-black racial identification. The central issue that separates Jenner's and Dolezal's choices is deception. Jenner chose carefully how and when she would disclose herself as actually female. Dolezal's involuntary outing was staged by her angry parents who felt left behind as she chose a life associated with being a black person.

Why Dolezal's deception hurt Civil Rights:
The current president of an Arizona chapter of the NAACP is white. In an interview on CNN he pointed out how important having credibility is in a job where the primary duty is to raise money to fund the organization's efforts. Dolezal had to resign as the Spokane chapter president not because she's really white, but because her credibility is now compromised by her exposed history of deceit. In addition to trying to redefine DNA and race as just a "fluid construct", and calling her lies "creative fiction" Dolezal is now misappropriating the term "transracial." The term actually refers to adoptions of a child by a family of different race. Fraud and con artist are terms more accurately describing Dolezal's transformation.Instead of doing interviews with Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Melissa Harris-Perry, Dolezal needs to be interviewed by Dr. Drew Pinsky about her identity crisis.The city of Spokane launched an investigation Thursday to determine whether Dolezal lied on her application for the citizen police ombudsman commission, KXLY reported.Dolezal did not address the validity of the allegations in her resignation.The ethics allegations against Dolezal, and two other commission members, stem from the findings of two independent lawyers hired by the eastern Washington city to investigate an April 16 whistle-blower complaint by a Spokane employee. The report was published on Wednesday.In addition to the confidentiality issues, the probe found Dolezal engaged in workplace harassment as head of the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, Stuckart said, without elaborating.

The Rundown . Do we care?, So what.
FINALLY . Do we really need to be a bit judgmental ? I know in my sentences above I was a bit critical . I don't care if Ms. Dolezal wants to identify as belonging to the black community . I really don't even if Bruce Jenner wants to be Caitlyn .  One thing that I do care is when some  thing becomes "exploitative" . In these cases we always will have the media circus . They will bombard us away from what is really important in our society . You just know that conservatives will jump all over Ms. Dolezal and her particular personal situation and try their hardest to expand it.  That this is a case of a woman passing herself off as black presumably in order to partake of the rich bounty of opportunities available to black women but not to white women. OK, MAYBE she lied to advance her self . She got so far , rose to the ranks of the NAACP . Sadly we need to see enough "whites" support the African -American case , its simply , its bringing them out of poverty , PERHAPS we could have a much nobler society .  The history of people breaching social divides and fashioning identities for themselves is as old as America.I think Dolezal is a national hero for breaking the racism combination lock. She has displayed true freedom of human rights.It is the news media that chooses what is right and wrong, and that has been exposed through Dolezal.

(1)>>Dolezal, 37, resigned this week as president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a leading civil rights organization, amid reports she was falsely claiming to be African-American.Dolezal has told U.S. media she identifies as black, and the controversy has triggered a national debate over the bounds of racial identity and self-identification. (2)>>Ezra Dolezal would love to see his sister, Rachel, take a DNA test to prove whose version of the truth about her racial identity is the right one.But he doesn't think she will. (3)>>“transracial”. Transracial adoptees and their allies are speaking out about Rachel Dolezal' sand other's use of the term "transracial" in conversations wrestling with her identity, arguing that it does not mean choosing to change one's race, rather it means the adoption of a child, usually a child of color, by a family of another race, usually a Caucasian family. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), one of the most anti-LGBT lawmakers in Congress, joked on Twitter, “Twisted world: transgender and transracial are ‘in’; and trans fats are out! #jenner #dolezal.” In other words, the nature and language of gender identities does not translate into conversations around race; there is no such thing as “transracial” in terms of a person who identifies as a race other than what was assigned at birth. But “transracial” does mean something else, and the people who identify with that word, adoptees raised in a family of a different race, are speaking out.In the past few days, some conservatives have latched onto Dolezal’s bizarre tale of “transracial” masquerading as a way to discredit Caitlyn Jenner and other transgender people, prompting a flood of response pieces pointing out the scientific spuriousness of the comparison.Two weeks ago, the media was celebrating Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to come out on the cover of Vanity Fair. Now, we’re debating how closely Jenner’s relatively straightforward transgender narrative resembles the story of an Idahoan white woman who has been lying about her race for years while holding a leadership position in the NAACP.Last month the left was slobbering over Bruce Jenner for peddling himself in as a chick in a dress. The new PC line was that if he "identifies" as a girl then everybody has to play along. But now when a white broad "identifies" as being black they throw her under the bus. Her lie is no different than lady Bruce's.

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