Rachel Dolezal, Race, and the New Identity Crisis

Black And White, Kids Hands, Race, Racism
Black And White, Kids Hands, Race, Racism

This NAACP crisis has people talking. My dad came home yesterday talking about this radio host who was so vehement that what this lady did was wrong in lying about her race, etc. His co-host posed the question “Well, how is this any different from Bruce Jenner or being gay?” His colleague replied, “Oh on the other end of the spectrum. Those people were born that way.” WHAT?! Guess Rachel Dolezal wasn’t born “black.” Rachel told reporters today that she identified as black since she was five years old. “I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair,” she told  Matt Lauer.

Many people have been talking about how her situation is just like being gay. She wants to “feel” black just like someone wants to “feel gay.” As Rachel said, “As much as this discussion has somewhat been at my expense recently, and in a very sort of viciously inhumane way come out of the woodwork, the discussion is really about what it is to be human. I hope that that can drive at the core of definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self determination, personal agency and, ultimately, empowerment.”

The whole situation is twisted. “I was actually talking to one of my sons yesterday and he said, ‘Mom, racially, you’re human, and culturally you’re black,'” she said. “We’ve had these conversations over the years. I do know they support the way that I identify and they support me, and ultimately, we have each other’s back. We’re the Three Musketeers.”

So I guess racially I’m white, and culturally heterosexual. Or…wait I’m confused. Orange is the new black. Can’t wait to see how society will handle this new “identity change” as well as the deception and estrangement this situation caused.

Information and Quotes via Today News 

Photo Courtesy of Stephen De Polo