Rachel has wanted to be somebody she’s not. She’s chosen not to just be herself but to represent herself as an African American woman or a biracial person. And that’s simply not true.
– Ruthanne Dolezal, mother of Rachel Dolezal
I’m not quite sure what to think of this. The leader of the Spokane, Washington NAACP, Rachel Dolezal has been outed by her parents as a white woman, despite appearing as, and claiming to be a woman with Black ancestry.
The story came to light because of Dolezals own accusations of racial threats, which are still under investigation. It’s a peculiar story, considering the recent headlines of Black appropriation in the music industry. But when passing is used for a positive cause, is it ok?
That Dolezal would go so far as to pass for a Black woman, so much so that she could claim the top spot of an historic civil rights organization is both shocking and questionable. Had the other leaders of the NAACP bothered to properly vet her against her personal storyline? Or did she get a fast pass by representing in such a way that was believable without a doubt? What about all of her accusations of racial discrimination, such as her claims of a noose being found at her home, or mysterious racial hate mail. Did anyone in the organization question the origins of these instances?
The fact that she allegedly told stories about her personal experiences with racial discrimination is most troubling to me. One doesn’t have to make up dramatic stories to fight against the injustices against Black people. All you need to do nowadays is look on Youtube or WordStar and you will see with your own eyes all you need to know. Really bad things are happening to real people everyday, and there is no need to fabricate your own storyline to be a part of the action for change.