I suspect most Americans who learned the story of race-morphing Rachel Dolezal were shocked. I wasn’t. See, I worked at the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department where Dolezal’s type of race-guilt psychosis could be found in diluted degrees.
First, for those who don’t know the story of local NAACP head Rachel Dolezal, it goes like this: young white woman lives life in black costume, sows racial grievance as NAACP official. As one story put it:
Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal said their daughter has always identified with the African American culture and had black siblings who were adopted. They said she went to school in Mississippi and was part of a primarily African American community.
The Dolezals said Rachel married and later divorced a black man. They said after the divorce in 2004 Rachel began identifying differently. She started claiming to be partially African American and the daughter of bi-racial parents. They said they have noticed her change in physical appearance but do not know how she did so.
If you are shocked by this story, don’t be. Dolezal had a sort of racial psychosis that you can see in lesser degrees all throughout modern America, particularly in the modern civil rights movement.
At the Justice Department, I encountered a white Italian who racially identified as a Sioux. This person adopted the appearance of a native American and racially identified as Indian. Pictures of Sitting Bull adorned the office. If there was any Sioux blood, it was a tiny fraction. But identification with a racial minority group has its privileges, especially at the Civil Rights Division at the DOJ. This wasn’t the only example.
So when I heard the outlandish story of Rachel Dolezal, it wasn’t so outlandish to me. The racial left is today built around racial division, race hatred, and racial guilt. It is full of people who see the world through an angry racial lens.
The civil rights movement once held the moral high ground by treating people without regard to skin color.
Now the civil rights movement exists to divide Americans by race. It is no accident that Rachel Dolezal would gravitate to an organization like the NAACP.
But none of this should surprise us anymore, after all, a United States senator from Massachusetts did essentially the same thing.
Race is the fuel that runs the modern progressive agenda. It’s 24-7 race. Race is the weapon for the great transformation, for plunking Section 8 housing in wealthy residential areas, for undermining law enforcement and for transforming election laws.
It’s time that Americans start shaming those who would divide us.
The whole “social construct” thing is confusing.
When a theorist says gender is “socially constructed,” do they mean gender literally does not exist in nature – that it’s just an idea and some labels that society applies to people for its own reasons?
Or do they mean that gender really does exist in nature but society assigns the wrong labels to people for its own reasons?
Is a man who comes out as gay just choosing an arbitrary identity? Or is he declaring who he “really is?”
How would those principles apply to race? If race is a social construct, why can’t someone with white skin and no African ancestry choose to be black? If race is a real and fundamental part of a person’s identity, why have some black people, historically, identified themselves as white?
If a white person grows up among black people, identifies with them, and completely absorbs their culture, is skin color an automatic disqualifier of “blackness?” That wouldn’t necessarily have anything to do with the notion of social construction – it could just be the way they were raised.
Considering that she lives in an area with so few black people, her lies may have gone unnoticed had not Rachel been her own worse enemy. She doubled down on victim status and began to claim she and her adopted siblings had been physically abused by their parents. She also sued her parents, though I don’t know the grounds.
I suspect her parents acted to damage her credibility before she damaged theirs.