June 13, 2015

In defense of Rachel Dolezal: She showed "imagination, creativity and an affection for black people"

Rebel Staff
 

For years, Rachel Dolezal "passed" as black, to the point of landing an important job with the NAACP.

Then her family outed her, and now America is having yet another conversation about race, history and identity.

It's interesting that this revelation coincides with Bruce Jenner's unveiling of his new, female identity.

I think the two situations are very different. I also don't think what Dolezal did was that bad.

Find out why.

 


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commented 2015-06-17 00:10:39 -0400
Jack Riley, that’s kind of the point, but I still say what’s the big deal? It’s not like this hasn’t happened before.
commented 2015-06-16 16:57:02 -0400
Can’t agree on this one Ezra, a full ride to Howard U?
commented 2015-06-16 16:57:00 -0400
Can’t agree on this one Ezra, a full ride to Howard U?
commented 2015-06-16 16:56:58 -0400
Can’t agree on this one Ezra, a full ride to Howard U?
commented 2015-06-16 11:29:08 -0400
All is not lost. She might yet get a Harvard post and a run at the Democrat leadership. All she has to do is come up with the sole surviving copy of the church records from Lidice that shows her great-grandmother x 7 was black.
commented 2015-06-16 08:02:12 -0400
Lets look at this in the context of Martin Luther King’s words ,“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. Rachel Dolezel went to the extreme of changing her total identity and created a character based on skin color, not character as was King’s desire. She obviously has deep character flaws . The world is in trouble because we accept lying and cheating as a matter of course.
commented 2015-06-15 16:22:53 -0400
I usually understand your reasoning, but with this case I cannot agree with your point of view. Rachel Dolezal lied…and it wasn’t just a little white lie….but a fabricated one that insulted her parents and her adobted siblings. She lied that her real father wasn’t her father, but a step-father. She lied that her adobted brother’s kids were her kids. She lied that she was something she was not. And that is the crux of this whole situtation. She became a leader of the NAACP because she had strong feelings about the abuses that the black people face…I can see that….but she didn’t need to lie about it. She didn’t need to pretend. She didn’t need to drag her family through the mud to make herself more believable. She claimed they abused her as one would a black slave! Yet her parents adobted black children; were missionaries in Africa….a place she had never been, yet she lied about that too. She lied that she lived in a teepee….and was to get food on her own with bows and arrows!! And from what I’ve read (and I’ve done some extensive reading)….she even lied about recieving hate mail. She lied on a job application. She lied about her being a professor when the College she works for part time denys that. She lies. And she tried to cover it up by fabricating pictures, asking her adobted brothers to keep her secret, perming her hair and darkening her skin. I’m surprised the leaders of the Black Community is not calling for justice….but because they are embarrased by being duped they are not. She didn’t have to lie….should could have gotten the job by being who she is….a white woman who cares deeply for black issues. The problem is that this woman is a pathological liar, and no amount of whitewashing the truth will change this. I’m glad you are impressed with her action, but I for one am not. The Black Community deserves better than this….their plight is a real one….not made up as Rachel Dolezal is.
commented 2015-06-15 15:36:12 -0400
I wanna get in on the action, I mean if Rachel can be black because she thinks of herself as Trans-Black, then perhaps I could claim to be Trans-Indian, and get a band number and pay no taxes, or perhaps tell the Govt. I am Trans-65, and go to the head of the line for OAS benefits. Sheesh!
commented 2015-06-14 18:05:36 -0400
Now that the left is in control of the media, education system and judiciary in Canada, and now that they are on the verge of controlling government at all levels, and now that they have rejected Judeo-Christian principles that have served humankind well for thousands of years and have disconnected identity from the body, our entire society is headed headlong straight into total madness, a madness that is going to destroy the civilization that took thousands of years to build for the good of us all.

Now that who and what you are is nothing to do with your body, according to the insane left, don’t be surprised when an entity in a human body (formerly known as a man, woman, boy or girl) claims to be anything from a goat to a watermelon to a reincarnated dinosaur, and is taken seriously, by the left only at first, and then by society as a whole. Once the open identity genie is loosed from the bottle, there is no stopping it from leaping into every area of identity insanity and abuse.

The things we will soon see if this genie is not put back into the bottle will shock even people today who consider themselves as social radicals. Watch for someone claiming to be a cow and demanding reparations for the killing and enslavement of cows by humans for thousands of years. Then watch for the first few nitwits to buy into that, followed by the left in general and finally society in general. Think it won’t happen? I guarantee it is coming, and far sooner than we might have thought.
commented 2015-06-14 16:15:22 -0400
Isn’t she just transracial? What’s the big deal?
commented 2015-06-14 15:29:57 -0400
Ok, Ezra, now you have all the proof you need. When some quotes Derrida and Levi-Strauss to praise your ideas, you just have to know that you are dead wrong!

Derrida and Levi-Strauss (I’m sure you know of them) are among the chief ideologues behind the postmodernist “thinking” that has so insidiously gained traction, first in academia and then infected society at large. Every bat-sh*t crazy, radical notion from multiculturalism to race and gender theory to Ontario’s recent sex-ed program can be traced to the aberrant ideas of these people and their zombie followers. The leftist social engineers among us (and they are legion) have taken these ideas as if they were verified truth and applied them widely, to the lasting detriment of Western civilization.
commented 2015-06-14 08:36:07 -0400
“I was born a poor black child”…… Steve Martin
commented 2015-06-14 08:22:44 -0400
If the agenda was “integration” as was stated at the outset of these special interest lobbies, then this is proof that mission is being accomplished – the only way a white woman working for the advancement of colored people could be seen as wrong is in the mentally ill world of PC marxist racism – which presumes to normalize negative racial stereotypes and repackage racial enmity.
commented 2015-06-14 08:22:18 -0400
Would they really have hired her to teach black studies if she was white. Where can I sign up for a white studies course?
commented 2015-06-14 01:22:34 -0400
The only way this could be a problem is if she did it just to take advantage of affirmative action programs, and if so, I wouldn’t condone her deception. But the perpetuation of such programs in today’s society is, in my view, a much bigger problem.
commented 2015-06-14 01:16:52 -0400
Great video, Ezra. I don’t know what her motives were or why she identifies herself as a black woman, but frankly I could care less. The analogy to Bruce Jenner’s coming out as a woman, and calling himself Caitlyn is a good one. It seems that those who are the quickest to support an individual’s decision to change his or her gender are the same people who are most offended by Rachel Dolezal self-identifying as black. What’s the difference? Perhaps all her life, Rachel has “known” she was really a black woman trapped inside the body of a white woman. Who’s to say she’s lying?
A better analogy is the topic of President Obama’s ethnicity. While his father was Kenyan (and a polygamist) his mother was a white woman from Kansas. When the controversy over Obama’s ethnicity first arose, liberal supporters and media raced to his defence, claiming he had the right to identify with whichever race and heritage he felt comfortable with, and had no obligation to prove his “blackness”. It revived the idea of race as a floating signifier, so-described by British sociologist Stuart Hall, who borrowed the term from semiotician Claude Lévi-Strauss . Floating signifiers are themselves devoid of meaning and hence capable of receiving any meaning, like Roland Barthes’ “floating chain of signifieds”, or Jacques Derrida’s “freeplay” of signifiers. Derrida argued that they are not fixed to their signifieds but point beyond themselves to other signifiers in an “indefinite referral of signifier to signified.” Hall takes this idea and applies it to the concept of race, which he says is not determinative of actual difference, but merely a discursive, socio-cultural construct whose meaning isn’t fixed, but shifts with changing context and historical attitudes.
Rachel Dolezal’s race shouldn’t even be an issue in today’s society. So what if she feels more black than white? Who cares if she wants to call herself black, as long as she’s not doing it to deliberately denigrate anyone? What happened to freedom of expression of honestly-held beliefs (the slightly watered-down Canadian version of American freedom of speech)? I can’t believe we’re even having this discussion. I feel like I’ve time-travelled back to the days of the one-drop rule. Isn’t it a GOOD thing that we’ve moved past that, such that a white person would even want to be treated as black? Are we now going to require DNA testing to prove “blackness”?
Apparently, though America has embraced having a “black” President, and is able to accept that Olympian Bruce Jenner now self-identifies as a woman named Caitlyn, it’s not willing to afford Rachel Dolezal the same courtesy.
I think it’s a shame.
commented 2015-06-13 23:35:53 -0400
Being black gets you chosen for advancement more often than being white. She is playing the system as it now exists.
commented 2015-06-13 22:16:59 -0400
Sorry, Ezra, Rachel Dolezal’s behavior isn’t “admirable”, its delusional. Among other things it has led to her estrangement from her parents, the main source of her real identity. Not good for anyone – not her, not her family, no one.

Also, to help black causes you don’t need to fake being black. In fact, most of the founders of the NAACP were white!
commented 2015-06-13 21:09:09 -0400
Jeepers she’s white? She must have evil intent!
commented 2015-06-13 19:47:01 -0400
Al Jolson would understand her attitude . But her minstrel show is over. =8(I)
commented 2015-06-13 19:23:50 -0400
“Skin colour only seem to matter to left-wing identity politics….we, on the other hand, could care less about it.” Exactly!
commented 2015-06-13 18:47:44 -0400
George D. LOL. "You mean I’m gonna stay this colour?’
commented 2015-06-13 18:35:24 -0400
Judge her by character? Sure. According to stories (and I’d like to know more about this stuff), she started on her route right after her parents adopted 4 black kids, whereupon she apparently pitting her brother, who she’s been passing off as her son, against her mother and, so they say, the entire white race. If this is true, wouldn’t you consider it a pretty serious character flaw? Is it sibling rivalry? What happened? No one knows yet. But it seems odd to praise her before the information is in. Howard University gave her a scholarship. It’s a black university. Don’t you think there might be a character deficiency to take a spot away from a black kid? It’s problematic that there are black universities but there was a really good reason for that when it was founded, much as there was a reason for hospitals named Mount Sinai all over the place (Jews weren’t treated in any hospital and blacks weren’t admitted to colleges). But did she take a scholarship under false pretenses? Did she do what Elizabeth Warren did? Don’t you think as a journalist you ought to find out questions to this kind of thing before making a video, Ezra? To me, your credibility is now more suspect. In the end, that’s probably good though. No one should believe journalists anyway, not over their common sense.
commented 2015-06-13 18:26:23 -0400
Holy shiza!! George Drummond, I was actually thinking of that movie before I read your comment. And I was thinking of the black comedian, Dave Shapell who gave it all up and moved to Africa doing the skit about him hating niggers and divorcing his wife because she was a nigger lover. Whoops!! I really feel like I’m a black person so I can say that word. I’m just like Rachel!
commented 2015-06-13 18:13:06 -0400
All great comments from fellow rebels, but now since posting my own one a few hours ago I can’t get Steve Martin playing “The Jerk”, in the movie of the same name, out of my head.
commented 2015-06-13 17:40:14 -0400
This is a game of “Let’s pretend”. It’s obvious this woman loves and admires blacks, back culture and the Black American experience, and has done so from her youth. I don’t believe there isn’t anything malicious or sinister about what she has done, just delusional. Obviously she couldn’t have a particularly close relationship with her own family, but somewhere along the line she began to identify with blacks, and began to fanaticize about being black. This fantasy life became so obsessive and so real that she eventually made it happen. There’s another very famous case of this from the 1920s and 30s when Archibald Belaney became Grey Owl. He wanted to be an Indian, he became an Indian and he lived as an Indian most of his adult life. He never would have been found out if he hadn’t become a public figure. Probably Rachel Dolezal wouldn’t have been found out either, if she hadn’t become a public figure. There is nothing evil about living out this fantasy life, but maybe there’s something a bit sad about it.
commented 2015-06-13 17:34:03 -0400
Skin colour only seem to matter to left-wing identity politics….we, on the other hand, could care less about it.
commented 2015-06-13 17:30:25 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 2 hours ago:
Al Sharpton is such a opportunistic whore.
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Post of the thread! Couldn’t have put it better myself, Liza.
p.s. He owes the IRS ~$4 million in back income taxes….’nuf said.