(edited and co-written by @bron_two)
Rachel Dolezal is not now, nor has ever been, a Black woman. She is a con artist. The concept of “transracialism” is an onset of White privilege, as it only applies to white people who want to ascribe to themselves the positive traits of other racial identities, without having to live the adversities of them. Any discussion about this that does not logically conclude these two facts is functionally dishonest and, therefore, invalid.
That seems harsh, I know. But it’s the truth. Which is more than what we’ve gotten from Ms. Dolezal, as well as one too many academics, in the week that this story has broken.
I won’t go into a lengthened rehashing of the story; there are plenty of articles that have. However, there are academic discussions about this story that we should not entertain at all, considering that we’re having them in the context of a series of bald-faced lies. The facts are that Dolezal has been lying about her racial identity since God knows when. Continue reading