Bitches Be Tripping: Rachel Dolezal Pretends to Black. Black People Elect Her President. Stuff Goes Wrong.

Hilarious, hilarious, HILARIOUS, stuff happened today. The head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, Rachel Dolezal, was exposed, by her own parents, as….WHITE. My first question would be, are these people really her parents? Are these pictures of the freckle-faced blonde teenager authentic? Assuming the answer to the first two is “yes,” is this chick really as nuts as she appears?

The white people in Montana claiming to be her parents gave a birth certificate to CNN. This doesn’t follow all the rules of evidence, but….I’ll allow it. They claim they didn’t know about this “Black Like Me” psychodrama their daughter was engaged in until they saw it in the newspaper.

For the time being, I’ll ignore the media noise machine on Ms. Dolezal and get information about the woman in question in her own words. According to her Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/pub/rachel-dolezal/34/a55/577 page, she is a “Professor of Africana Studies,” President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP, Chairwoman of the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, talking head for The Inlander newspaper, and Master Artist at Dolezal Studios. This is the first indication that she can’t be black. She has too many jobs . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzP81ZzOkRI. She lists among her interests “Diversity Awareness,” “International Human Rights,” “Feminist Theory,” and “LGBTQQI Studies” (One more “B” and we can have a BBQ). So she ticks off all of the necessary boxes for her Progressive, academic, more caring than thou, bona fides (not by doing anything mind you, but she really feels strongly about things).

A little more information. Rachel lays some groundwork, or trickles out just a little bit of truth last year in an interview with Spokane Favs:

Most people know about W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells, but not everyone knows about white founders like Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard. The civil rights struggle is one that includes advocacy for historically oppressed groups such as people of color, women, and people living with disabilities; racial justice is not disconnected from other avenues of civil rights and social justice.

I’d guess I’m also one of the youngest presidents. As a single mom who has lived on the poverty line and identifies as bisexual, perhaps some of my other demographics are also a first for Spokane. I know there is a strong majority of older straight men with strong church ties leading many of the branches nationally.

Let’s see, let’s see: Minimizes and conflates the oppression of black people with women and handicapped (yep, being black is as bad as missing a leg), glorifies youth above experience or reason, glorifies single motherhood, attention whores herself out as a bisexual, and subtly denigrates “older, straight men.” It’s like these people read from a script, or are trying to get on the great invisible Progressive scoreboard for how NOT heterosexual, white, male, or Christian they can be. Try to deal with black people’s issues as black people’s issues and not try to shoehorn them into the Grand Unified Theory of the Proletariat.

http://spokanefavs.com/an-interview-with-rachel-dolezal-the-new-spokane-naacp-president/

Rachel Dolezal probably is a little nuts. But rather than focus on the easy surface issues in which some media outlets have compared her antics to the blackface minstrel shows of a century ago, or the lie itself, I would rather hit two points with regard to Ms. Dolezal: Attention whoring and hijacking of black oppression. With respect to the attention whoring, I don’t know Ms. Dolezal personally, I don’t know her past apart from what’s been reported in the media, and I haven’t analyzed her life in depth. But rationally, I can take a guess at her motivation. Average looking girl, doesn’t stand out among the rest of the white blondes in Mississippi, kind of artsy, mom and dad hang out with these interesting black people, and wants to stand apart from the crowd and yell at the world “Pay attention to me! I exist!” She doesn’t go in a Lady Gaga or Madonna direction. She decides she’ll go in an African direction. Curiosity turns to interest, interest turns to obsession, obsession turns white woman into a black woman. Reinforcing this obsession is the laughable notion of “white privilege” which is just “white guilt” repackaged for the millennials. Rather than be just another white woman (with all of the actual privilege that entails), Rachel gets to be a special Black/White/Indian/Artist/Bisexual/”Single Mother” snowflake who gets sympathy from the devotees of racial/sexual collectivism.

Which dovetails nicely into the second point: hijacking black oppression. White women have been very good at hijacking black people for their own purposes, and not just recently, but going back to Abolitionism. After the Civil War, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the First Wave Feminists, some of whom had been abolitionists, hijacked abolitionist language and utilized it in their own cause, comparing white women to black slaves. What makes the usage of abolitionist rhetoric so fantastically absurd is that these same feminists, when denied a Constitutional Amendment conferring voting privileges on women, not only turned against black people with all of the viciousness that the gentler sex could muster, but aligned themselves with the burgeoning Ku Klux Klan and other organizations dedicated to the suppression of black people, appealing to them to protect the sanctity of white womanhood against the newly-enfranchised black men. That is a pretty fantastic claim, but it is as true as it is fantastic:

“Mr. Douglass talks about the wrongs of the Negro; but with all the outrages that he to-day suffers, he would not exchange his sex and take the place of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.”

-Susan B. Anthony

“You have put the ballot in the hands of your black men, thus making them political superiors of white women. Never before in the history of the world have men made former slaves the political masters of their former mistresses!”

-Anna Howard Shaw

“The enfranchisement of women would insure immediate and durable white supremacy, honestly attained, for upon unquestioned authority it is stated that in every southern State but one there are more educated women than all the illiterate voters, white and black, native and foreign, combined. As you probably know, of all the women in the South who can read and write, ten out of every eleven are white. When it comes to the proportion of property between the races, that of the white outweighs that of the black immeasurably.”

-Belle Kearney

“What will we and our daughters suffer if these degraded black men are allowed to have the rights that would make them even worse than our Saxon fathers?”

-Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The white men, reinforced by the educated white women, could ‘snow under’ the Negro vote in every State, and the white race would maintain its supremacy without corrupting or intimidating the Negroes.”

-Laura Clay

“White supremacy will be strengthened, not weakened, by women’s suffrage.”

-Carrie Chapman Catt

Fast forward to the 1960s. The first wave feminists achieved the goal of suffrage and died a bloody death on the hill of Prohibition. Their successors in interest, the second wave feminists, looked at the legal victories that the NAACP was winning and said “we can do that.” They looked at Jim Crow and said “well, sure you have Jim Crow LAWS against you, but we have the Patriarchy against us, which is totally worse. But the Patriarchy is against you too, so you should support feminism.” See Casey Hayden and Mary King, who left the SNCC when they realized they could not herd black men into the feminist stockade. The second wave feminists even elbowed their way into the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the help of (drumroll please) a racist white man. Representative Howard W Smith of Virginia, erstwhile foe of civil rights for black people, had no problem with offering an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that included “sex” as a protected class against discrimination. In fact, Howard Smith supported sex as a protected class from discrimination since 1945 and had, for 20 years unsuccessfully sponsored the Equal Rights Amendment (for white women).

In Rachel Dolezal, I see a woman who was so thoroughly unhappy with her identity, who couldn’t distinguish herself from the herd as a white woman, so she put on some spray tan (I guess shoe polish or charcoal would have been a bridge too far), kinked up her hair, and put on a performance that black people just ate up and white people said “she’s black, but not too black. We’re comfortable with her.” I also see a white woman replaying a theme in America’s history of white women shamelessly using black people to satisfy her own goals, specifically power, validation, and attention.

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