Remember Rachael Dolezal? Back in June 2015, she was exposed for posing as a Black woman working for the NAACP. Once her parents told everyone she was white, everything went downhill from there. Ms. Dolezal was also a teacher of an Africana Studies class and a Studio Art course. A former student told Buzzfeed that she was unable to participate in a class activity because Dolezal said she didn’t appear to be Hispanic enough. Also, before claiming her “blackness”, Dolezal sued an HBCU (as a white woman) claiming that she was discriminated against.
It seems as though she stopped being white once she realized it was no longer convenient. And I find it funny (sad) that multiple Blacks had her back before learning of her true colors. They’re probably still protecting her without even knowing the full story. But I digress.
She wrote a book…yes, Rachael Dolezal wrote a book about being transracial. She, along with the help of Storms Reback (a white man), wrote In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World. Now I’ll be honest, I have yet to read this book. Once my local library obtains a copy I will read it because I am definitely not wasting my money on these people. But I guess my curiosity gets the best of me sometimes.
Reading the description of this book got me thinking, what TF is transracial? I can understand being transgender but transracial? Transracial? I’m just trying to say it enough times until it makes sense. Let me explain really quick: You cannot dress up as a person from a different race and “gain” their background, heritage, and culture. That is in no way possible. You can’t just choose to be Black. Can I put that I’m white on all of my job applications? Can I apply for Hispanic scholarships?
My friend asked if he could be Trans-age. Well can he? Can I get a seniors discount when I feel like I’m way older than what my license says? Are the adults who fall in love with children somehow excused because they feel that love just as strong as Racheal Dolezal feels she is Black?
Point: you can’t claim a race just because it seems to be more convenient. You can admire Black people. Please do! But just because you like us and marvel at our greatness doesn’t mean you can be us. This is not like a high school clique. She spent a majority of her life as a white woman. What Black struggles has she faced? How could she possibly know what it’s like being a Black woman in America?
“I don’t identify as African American, I identify as Black.” Girl what? “I was ‘too Black’ for my Black husband.” Oh, ok. These are some of the comments from her book. So many people (of color) tried to save her from ridicule when this whole scandal first started. My question is: Why? How can you be so quick to save this white woman in blackface and not even know her full background? You all rushed at boycotting Chrisette Michele but we should all take it easy on Rachel?
Did ya know she changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo? It means gift from the G0ods in Igbo (a Nigerian Language). *long sigh* I have an old clip from Crissle on The Read, a podcast, that sums up how I feel about this whole situation. This is from the episode Imitation of Life. Just listen:
Transracial? This isn’t a thing. Not to me at least. Don’t let yourself be fooled by someone who is seemingly innocent. There are things I can accept and then there are moments like this. Unacceptable. I don’t care what she says. It doesn’t matter if she used to rub mud on her face as a child. The last time I checked, that doesn’t make you Black. I grew up as a Black woman in America and I’m still going through things that Rachael Dolezal will never experience or understand. You can pretend to be someone else but you’ll never know what it’s like to be in their shoes. Actresses can act.
There’s a reason why God made you white. Live with it. I am Black. I was born this way. I don’t get to be anything else nor do I want to be. The only thing I want to be is comfortable in my own skin and pleased with how I was made. That is something I hope everyone could be one day; content with who they see in the mirror and who they are.