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Rachel Dolezal, White Like Me (Update: Rachel doesn’t give two sh*ts what we think)

Rachel Dolezal, White Like Me (Update: Rachel doesn’t give two sh*ts what we think)

Fraudsters gonna fraud

When I first saw the story break on Twitter about Rachel Dolezal’s politically unfortunate natural skin color, I set out to write some sort of think piece about how the racial movement in America has become so convoluted that activists would now rather alter their appearances than admit to any sort of connection with anglo heritage. Then, I thought about it some more and concluded that giving this issue the actual intellectual treatment wasn’t really worth the time.

In case you’ve been hiding from the Internet, Rachel Dolezal, 37, identifies as an African-American woman and is the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. A Howard U grad and civil rights activist, she’s spent the majority of her career positioning herself as a fierce advocate for equality.

I said “identifies as” because she’s not African-American at all—and she just got called out for it. Behold:

More from CNN:

Dolezal represented herself as African-American — along with several other ethnicities, including white and Native American — in an application for a Spokane police ombudsman commission.

And she has presented the public with a different family photograph posted to the local NAACP chapter’s Facebook page. When she announced her father was coming to town for a visit, she showed herself standing next to an older African-American man.

Dolezal’s public racial identity came under scrutiny on Thursday, when a reporter from CNN affiliate KXLY held up that photo asked her if it showed her dad. She replied that it did.

Then came a follow-up question: “Are you African-American?”

“I don’t understand the question of — I did tell you that, yes, that’s my dad. And he was unable to come in January,” Dolezal responded.

“Are your parents — are they white?” came the next query.

Dolezal walked away from the microphone, leaving her purse and keys, and took refuge in a nearby clothing boutique.

“…along with several other ethnicities?” Is this chick for real?

Since Thursday, the media has latched on to the story. WaPo reached out to Rachel’s family, and uncovered a bizarre backstory.

Ezra Dolezal, 22, compared his sister’s decision to conceal her race to blackface.

“Back in the early 1900s, what she did would be considered highly racist,” said Ezra Dolezal, who described himself as “25 percent black.” He added: “You really should not do that. It’s completely opposite – she’s basically creating more racism.”

Zach Dolezal, 21, said when he visited his sister in Spokane, he was told not to speak of Lawrence and Ruthanne as their parents.

“It’s a farce, really, is what it is,” he said, adding he thought Rachel had posted a photo of a black couple from Spokane on her Facebook page and referred to them as her parents.

The Dolezals, it should be noted, are a family divided. Parents Lawrence and Ruthanne and brothers Ezra and Zach do not speak with their sister because, they say, she alleged abuse in the family and obtained custody of her 21-year-old brother Izaiah. Izaiah, who is black, lives with Rachel Dolezal in Spokane — and Rachel says he is her son, the family alleged.

Brother. Sister. Adoption. Parent. Son. Blackface. I need an Adderall smoothie to even begin to deal with this disaster.

The internet apparently agrees with me. After all the think pieces written about acceptance and identity fluidity and Caitlyn Jenner’s genitalia, the online horde was prepared for one thing: ridiculousness. WaPo blogger David Swerdlick beat the #SJW crowd to the punch in his blurb, “I wrote this Rachel Dolezal headline. Here are 14 others you’ll probably read today”:

BuzzFeed: 16 Times Rachel Dolezal Was Blacker Than You

Vox: Why Rachel Dolezal isn’t black, in one chart

Upworthy: The woman in this video had the perfect reaction to being white.

Breitbart: Why The Left Denies Dolezal’s Racial Truth

New York Times: A Black Leader, Now White

New York Post: White? Out!

New York Daily News: Passing? Out!

For what it’s worth (which isn’t much, really) the NAACP released a statement backing their misguided lieutenant:

For 106 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds. NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record. In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational, and economic justice for all people, and we encourage Americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization.

Hate language sent through mail and social media along with credible threats continue to be a serious issue for our units in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. We take all threats seriously and encourage the FBI and the Department of Justice to fully investigate each occurrence.

Dolezal hasn’t yet made a statement, but when it comes, I’ll be sure to lampoon it for your internetting pleasure.

UPDATE!!!

Rachel would like you all to know that she doesn’t give two shits what we think.

Well, in another interview with Sky News, she said to the original article that questioned her racial identity, “I don’t give two shits what you guys think.”

She said it’s more important for her to “clarify” this with the black community than to “explain it to a community that I, quite frankly, don’t think really understands the definitions of race and ethnicity.”

Dolezal considers herself to be black and rejects the label “African-American.”

Maybe she’s right, because this white girl is lost.

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Barry Goldwater, who was white and whose paternal grandfather was Jewish, was a member of the NAACP. Henry, there’s no bar to a white person being a member, or even executive, of that organization. Goldwater did not, however, hide his whiteness, nor did he try to pass as black. Maybe Rachel Doleful should think about becoming the head of the NAAPC, the National Association for the Advancement of Political Correctness.

“Dolezal, who is multiracial, said she could not imagine showing her face at a Tea Party event,” stated a 2010 article in the New York Times. “To her, what stands out are the all-white crowds, the crude depictions of Mr. Obama as an African witch doctor and the signs labeling him a terrorist.” “It would make me nervous to be there unless I went with a big group,” the Times quoted Dolezal as saying.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/dolezal-naacp-tea-party-white

She’d have been as safe as in her own family’s bosom, and, since nobody knew how sick she was, perfectly welcome.

She’d also have seen a multi-racial crowd at every TEA party rally of the several I’ve attended in the Houston area.

    RKae in reply to Ragspierre. | June 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    If she’s REALLY looking for an all-white crowd, she should try any Occupy event!

    Update: #AskRachael trended nationally yesterday. The hashtag was spawned by #BlackTwitter as a way to ask Dolezal questions to prove her blackness. The questions I read were meant to expose the false narrative of her #TransBlack claims of ligitimacy. There is trouble brewing in the TransPC world.

And “Dolezal” came out as Doleful, though one needn’t quarrel with that.

LukeHandCool | June 12, 2015 at 7:34 pm

“Caucasian,” just like “daughter,” is a social construct.

The #WrongSkin hashtag on twitter made my day. It really makes an excellent mockery of the “I feel, therefore I am……” crowd.

Flocks of gay & transgendered chickens are due right about now, insisting that identity is all a state of mind; the implication being that “black” is too. But then, so is “white”; anyone can declare himself “white” and collect his/her/its fair ration of White Privilege. The temptation may be too much to bear … This may not turn out to be a win for the National Association for the Advancement of Racist People.

    Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to tom swift. | June 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

    anyone can declare himself “white” and collect his/her/its fair ration of White Privilege.

    That is the time-honored American tactic known as ‘passing for white’, which Ms. Rachel has succeeded in using in reverse. Isn’t that equality?

From Jan Brady to Sideshow Bob.

I think that journey makes her “brave.”

Gee, I wonder what our next media lunatic will be?

If Elizabeth Warren can be Cherokee and Bruce Jenner can be a woman, then Dolezal can surely be an African-American if that is her wish. We should be able to be whoever we identify with, shouldn’t we?

    Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to gasper. | June 13, 2015 at 9:53 am

    If Elizabeth Warren can be Cherokee and Bruce Jenner can be a woman

    Duly noted that the media is religiously avoiding Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee heritage – as employed to gain admittance preference to U Penn and Harvard respectively – like the plague.

    A bit too close to Ms. Rachel’s academic and political success for comfort.

Before being co-opted by the Collective, the NAACP had a fine direction, stated in its first charter…

“To promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; to advance the interest of colored citizens; to secure for them impartial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law.”

On reading that, it is apparent how corrupted those ideals have become today.

Oh by all means clarify it with the black community. I’ll sit here munching on popcorn.

Also, did the NAACP just threaten to sic the FBI on anyone who gives them a hard time about this..?

The NAACP stands behind a woman in blackface who calls herself “trans-racial.” That’s freaking funny as hell.

    oldguy in reply to Aitch748. | June 13, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Black people are so easily duped, aren’t they?

      Gremlin1974 in reply to oldguy. | June 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Oh, it has nothing to do with color, it is liberals that are easily duped, since they aren’t nearly as intelligent as they believe themselves to be.

      I have a couple of friends who happen to be black and they though this was funny as hell. Of course they don’t have the highest opinion of the NAACP. They call it the NAACCP, the National Association for the Advancement of Certain Colored People. They are both very successful and well educated so the NAACP isn’t really a fan of theirs.

Tomorrow I think I’ll be an Eskimo girl… no, wait I’ll be Bill Gates. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

NC Mountain Girl | June 12, 2015 at 9:59 pm

I read Dolezel also claims to have been born in a teepee, insists her father is really her stepfather, claims she fed herself by hunting with a bow and arrow when she was growing up and posted photos of an unidentified older black couple to Facebook as her parents. Her claims of abuse are equally far fetched- beaten with “baboon whips” Her mother notes that the physical steps to alter her appearance date from 2004, when her marriage to a black man ended in divorce. She’s in her mid 20s and she starts having delusions? Hmmmmmm. Schizophrenia anyone?

Aside from the fact a 21 year old would not be in anyone’s custody unless suffering a serious mental impairment, I also have to wonder. Many black activists loath interracial adoptions and have swayed some judges and child welfare workers to their point of view. Native Americans come close to outnumbering blacks in many Western cities anf they are also rabidly opposed to interracial adoptions. I would dearly love to read the file on that case, for I am sure the parents raised their daughter’s actual race.

So what ingenious in the child welfare system decided it was better for black male teen to be raised by a single white woman manifesting dissociate behavior over a stable married couple?

Hey, faux black lives matter.

Henry Hawkins | June 12, 2015 at 10:51 pm

I love this girl to death! Dolezel has liberals all across the media howling about the misappropriation of race and cultural for financial and political gain. Isn’t that awesome!

NOW is the time for an article by the professor asking, “why don’t liberals apply their outrage against the racial misappropriations of Elizabeth Warren?”

I need an Adderall smoothie

Those are good. Do you use Strawberry banana? Or go for the anti-oxidants with blueberry-acai?

Where’d I put my Scotch?

My beagle wants to transbreed into a black lab, but he couldn’t get through the doggie door to go poop so he’s staying a beagle and howling about being a victim.

Well in a world where men can choose to be women and women can choose to be men, you had to know this was coming.

LukeHandCool | June 13, 2015 at 12:44 am

I’d heard vague, unsubstantiated rumors about what Professor Jacobson looked like before all the surgeries, the bleachings, the injections …

I didn’t really believe any of it … until I saw him dance.

There is no way he is Jewish.

“She said it’s more important for her to “clarify” this with the black community than to “explain it to a community that I, quite frankly, don’t think really understands the definitions of race and ethnicity.” ”

The saddest thing is we’ve now reached the point where an NAACP leader thinks “You’re so race-blind” is an insult.

MouseTheLuckyDog | June 13, 2015 at 12:53 am
LukeHandCool | June 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

Just like clockwork President Obama has weighed in on this matter. Isn’t commenting about this minor story beneath the Office of the President of the United States?

President Obama’s statement:

“If I had a third daughter, she would not look like Rachel Dolezal.”

Previously on UNreality TV I said, “relativism creates many Frankensteins”…from bits and pieces of someone else’s life.

This is really retarded. Sir.

The next major foray into self-victimization: Global “Black”ening.

I am not really overweight.

Gravity is a social construct.

    Ragspierre in reply to Anchovy. | June 13, 2015 at 11:22 am

    You are really authentically a Martian. Your weight would be ideal on your authentic home-world.

    I guess we need to get ready to pay for your trans planet…

    What a brave new world…

I don’t get it. Why are liberals upset??

Elizabeth Warren did the exact same thing and the entire liberal establishment covered for her.

franciscodanconia | June 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm

All it takes is a little “soul”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2zMrjBLwn8

So, this is white privilege.

Rachel Dolezal…the Elizabeth Warren of the NAACP.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to gkissel. | June 13, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Warren was cynical. She had a second to third tier legal education that she elevated into Ivy League tenure. Once she had what she wanted, she stopped checking the racial minority box plus she never attempted to alter her appearance.

    Dolezel is almost the opposite. She was educated in a black majority environment, Howard University. She then moved to a region of the nation that has almost no blacks. I suspect most members of the NAACP chapter in Spokane are white because the entire metropolitan area has only 5,000 black residents. I doubt she’s makes much money in any of the three positions she holds. She’s been playing dress up for reasons inside her own head, not in pursuit of fame or fortune.

LukeHandCool | June 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm

If Blazing Saddles were shot today:

“Where the white woman ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! What the?!?!

Wait, will we have to pay for inmates and ObamaCarebots to get race-change operations now?

My name is Navin R. Johnson and I was born a poor black child….

You guys are taking the wrong approach to this race stuff. The reality is that we are all African Americans. All humans can trace their origins back to Africa. When your asked your race everyone should select African American.

Race is an illusionary concept that is used to obtain special racist treatment for favorite groups. If everyone is African American it’s impossible for the racists to claim discrimination based on data about race. That’s a blow against racist that we all can make.

    Skookum in reply to ConradCA. | June 14, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    While all us modern humans can trace our lineages to sub-Saharan Africa if we go back at least 50,000 years, race is not an illusory concept. The four principle human races — Negroid, Australoid, Mongoloid, and Caucasoid — are easily differentiated by DNA. All but the Negroid race carry a measureable contribution of Neanderthal DNA, and the Australoid race has a measureable contribution of Denisovan hominin DNA. As such, only the Negroid race had not been hybridized, and those of modern sub-Saharan ancestry can claim to be relatively pure Homo sapiens sapiens.

    Today’s ease of travel combined with liberal culture is working to homogenize the great human races, but the relevant question is not whether races exist, but whether they matter. From the perspective of the American mythos — All men are created equal — the existence of race does not and should not matter. Thus, I agree that everyone should pull a Dolezal and accurately claim African ancestry whenever asked.

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Investigating the great comment Exodus…

The first page of comments is here. Professor, can we please get this bug fixed soon?

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