WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 – Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the landing of Union soldiers at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free. The annual celebration Juneteenth was launched to celebrate the end of slavery and the Civil War in the United States.
This June 19 the nation and blacks may be confronting a new type of end of slavery, thanks to former Spokane, Wash., NAACP president, Rachel Dolezal.
Dolezal’s decision to change her race from white to identifying herself as a black woman may actually help to bring an official end to racial hyphenation and ethnic designation in America. According to Dolezal’s interview on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, she stated she clearly regards herself as black.
If Dolezal is to be considered black, just where are the lines of discrimination drawn? Do affirmative action solutions or civil rights remedies even apply any longer when race itself can be as fluid as the application of coloring to a person’s skin?
America may also now be free of racial designations.
Whether it is an unintended consequence of Dolezal’s action to deceive her fellow civil rights workers, racial hyphenation may now be irrelevant in the America of 2015 and beyond. The liberal “social construct” of adopting the culture of those deemed to be oppressed may actually have freed them from being considered oppressed because race does not really apply as an official category based on skin color, according to Dolezal’s rationalization.
Should the black community cheer her or jeer her near decade-long performance as a black woman? Can discrimination based upon race possibly continue under the new definition of race when a person born white could through cultural assimilation and immersion become part of the liberal designated victim class of their choice?
Joining in the discussion of the Juneteenth trans-racial Dolezal dilemma 150 years after slavery will be Lonnie Poindexter, managing director of the Freedom’s Journal Institute, director of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), in Washington, D.C., and host of the nationally syndicated Freedom’s Journal Radio Show and nationally syndicated radio host Kenneth McClenton. McClenton, who hosts the “Exceptional Conservative Show,” served as policy analyst for the DC Financial Authority and ombudsman for the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
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Rachel Dolezal (2014) Talking about her experience as a “black woman”
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