As you all must know by now (unless you have been living in your refrigerator for the past two weeks), Olympic hero Bruce Jenner has decided to live his life as a woman named Caitlyn. He identifies himself as a woman. Feels better as a woman. And wants the world to accept him as a woman (even though we all know he was born with outside plumbing). People everywhere are applauding his bravery and courage.
So why is Rachel Dolezal getting so much flak?
Dolezal obtained a masters in fine arts from Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C. She later served as the president of her local NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington.
As the Daily Beast reports, according to her now-private Facebook page, the 37-year-old Dolezal started working as a freelance hair artist in 1998, specializing in “black hair designs, weave and extensions for all hair types, braids!”
For the last 10 years at least, Dolezal has been living as a black woman.
Except she’s actually white. She was born that way.
Dolezal’s estranged parents – both of whom are white – provided a birth certificate and confirmed that her family ancestry is largely German and Czech, with some Native American roots.
The Daily Beast says, Dolezal’s estranged parents spoke out for the first time Thursday. Photos provided by the parents show a light, blond-haired girl, whose straight hair is a far cry from the “natural” curls Delozal recently touted on Facebook.
Well, the question I must ask is, if Bruce Jenner can decide he wants to be a female, and we all must accept it, why can’t Rachel Dolezal decide she wants to be black?
If that’s how she “self-identifies” and feels that’s what’s in her soul, who are we to say that’s crazy?
So what if her DNA shows no evidence of African ancestry. Bruce Jenner’s DNA shows no evidence of being a woman either. That hasn’t stopped HIM.
People will say “she doesn’t look black.” Isn’t that racist? How are black people supposed to look? They come in all shades. She doesn’t SOUND black. That’s even MORE racist.
If we’re supposed to accept and embrace Bruce Jenner as a woman, I think it’s an incredible double-standard not to accept and embrace Rachel Dolezal as a black woman.
Am I wrong here?
UPDATE: The NAACP stands by Ms. Dolezal (she’s going through a bit of legal trouble at the moment)
[NOTE: This article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]