Rachel Dolezal has changed her hair, altered her skin, and told people she came from a mixed family in an effort to convince the world that she is a black woman. And the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t have been for her pesky white parents.
According to Rachel’s mother, “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, Rachel’s mother, said that Rachel grew up with adoptive black siblings and really identified with the African American culture. Rachel was married to a black man at one point and raised a young black man as her son.
Her parents are proud to have a daughter who is willing to fight for civil rights, but they do not want her to deceive people. They want her to be herself.
Bringing to mind recent news of Bruce Jenner’s female self-identification, Dolezal’s story further begs the question: “Is it ok to change your identity if you identify with a different race?”
The media would like the world to be socially accepting of Caitlyn Jenner. Is this the next step? The world needs to be social accepting to people who identify as a different race? What if the next person would like to identify themselves as a cat? Come on people. Can’t we be more accepting to people that want to add a tail and have hair transplants to become a cat?
Jeez… why are you so insensitive?