Women Playing Black

   Rachel Dolezal shown in picture.
Professing an affinity for being black since she was a teenager  when her parents adopted four African American Children, the girl chose a college where she could immerse herself in such racial issues. Marrying a black man, Rachel A. Dolezal is hardly the first person to embrace in changing racial identity. 

“She’s clearly our birth child,” says Lawrence Dolezal. “We’re clearly Caucasian- that’s just a fact.” 

Ms.Dolezal didn’t respond to numerous phone calls, emails, nor knocks on the door. But, the allegation hit up the internet. Ms.Dolezal, who is at the age of 37, became quite the punch on twitter- the subject of countless barbed one-liners.

A columnist for The Guardian speaks up, saying, “ The reason her story (Rachel. A Dolezal) is so fascinating, is me, and the rest of the world is that it exposes in a disquieting way- that our race is performance— that, despite the stark differences in how our races are preceived and privileged (or not) by others, they are all prededicated on a myth that the differences are intristic and intrinsically perceptible

Liberals and Blacks accused Ms.Dolezal of an offensive impersonation, part of whic a long history of whites appropriated blach heritage- when it suited them. 

But, Many conservative commentators accused liberals of hypocrisy for accepting Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, of course, not Ms.Dolezal as a black, though. 

American history is FULL of tales, including blacks “passing” as whites. Faking a racial history- in either direction, raises difficult questions about what race is and, why it matters about the assumptions people make. Yes, there have been other examples in American History where white people are living, or trying to pass as blacks. 

Mezz Mezzrow, a jazz musician whom died in 1972, often passed as black, calling himself “Avoluntary Negro.”

Ms.Dolezal’s parents said that they each have had a great grandmother whom was part Native American, but otherwise, their ancestry is not European. 

(Please excuse any errors in wording.)

 

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