Rachel Dolezal seems to have chosen to be black. Is this the same as Bruce Jenner choosing to become a woman?
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2015 – Greek philosopher Aristotle would go crazy in today’s America. Emoting is replacing reason along with Aristotle’s law of identity that says A is A; that everything that exists has a specific nature. This 2,000-plus-year-old truth has now been abandoned.
If Bruce Jenner is a woman (Caitlyn), despite retaining his manhood, then the idea of identity becomes a simple matter of personal taste.
If the laws of physics were as nimble, we could fly. But the four fundamental forces of nature are unreasonably intransigent. After all, nothing can break the speed barrier set at 186,000 miles per second.
But the human, childlike imagination is not subject to such restraints. Rachel Dolezal is one such free spirit. As the head of the chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Spokane, Wash., Dolezal claimed an African-American identity. “Since 2010 as a part-time instructor and student adviser, her supervisor said she has represented herself as an African-American woman to students and others on campus for years,” said the Spokesman-Review.
When the newspaper eventually contacted Dolezal’s father for further racial clarification, he said, “I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus. You know the answer to that, and that’s all I’m going to say.”
Apparently, the obvious answer to the Dolezal family skin pigmentation question is, well, white.
Identity politics is quite literally on the front burner these days. “Black lives matter” is a familiar chant heard at violent riots ending in arrests and burned-out buildings.
At an organized demonstration denouncing aggressive police actions in Ferguson, Missouri, Dolezal said, “Ever since Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman went free, it’s a real reminder of the risks my sons face every day.”
Recently, Dolezal reported to police that she was the recipient of racially charged hate mail. “Police office workers, however, have said it’s unlikely a letter that didn’t have a date stamp or bar code could have been placed in the [mail] box without a key,” reported NBC affiliate KHQ.
In a statement released to NAACP members, Dolezal acknowledged that there “are questions and assumptions swirling in national and global news about my family, my race, my credibility,” but urged them to “respect” the “many layers to this situation.”
The Executive Committee would like to open up to paid members the opportunity to have questions submitted by email… The Executive Committee would vet and then choose which questions to address.
It’s very broad-minded of Dolezal to give the final determination as to her identity to voting members of the executive committee.
In the meantime, the NAACP issued a statement saying it “remains committed to securing political, educational and economic justice for all people.”
They, however, did not go so far as to say whether Rachel Dolezal’s racial identity is subject to personal interpretation as is Bruce Jenner’s gender.Click here for reuse options!
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