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Rachel Dolezal is an unwitting black, Tervor Phillips is white and everyone is a victim of racism

by | 16th, June 2015

 

Rachel-Dolezal

 

Rachel Dolezal is the white woman who pretended to be black. Dolezal, 37, has quit her role in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

She said her dad is black. He isn’t. At least he thinks he isn’t. He says his spray-tanned, Afro-wigged daughter needs help.

The New York Times says “Faking a racial history, in either direction, raises difficult questions about what race is and why it matters,”

Dolezal’s a liar. She deceived people. She told people her parents in South Africa whipped her with a device “pretty similar to what was used as whips during slavery”. Her parents live in Montana. They’ve never been to South Africa. She lists the alleged  hate crimes  she has been subjected to as if stamping rites of passage and authenticity on her bones.

Rachel Dolezal has survived many ordeals. She is a victim. She is a martyr. She thought that to really get ahead you need to be disadvantaged.

Rachel Dolezal is a liar. She wanted her ‘white guilt’ assuaged by her adopted group. And maybe that’s the one decent lesson from all this: only looking at a person’s racial identity makes fools of us all.

But above all else Dolezal is a liar. Dolezal once used her university for discriminating against her because she was white :

Dolezal, who at the time was known as Rachel Moore, claimed that the removal of her artwork from a student exhibition in 2001 “was motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students” over her.

But here’s Trevor Phillips in the Times :

Who is black and who is white — and do we need these racial categories at all?

Trevor Phillips might not be real. But he is. He’s not been invented.

Are they helpful in the battle against discrimination or are they just preserving outdated social divisions? And who is really guilty of hypocrisy here — a wannabe Angela Davis with a fake tan or her critics?

He adds that Dolezal is the unwitting black woman:

The likelihood is that Dolezal probably does unwittingly have some African heritage, as do most Americans and many Brits. In late Georgian times, London was home to 20,000 runaway African slaves. Within two generations, the dark skins had disappeared as these men and women intermarried to the extent that their descendants probably have no idea of their own heritage. It’s now possible to identify families who had always thought of themselves as white but who carry the gene for sickle cell anaemia — a condition peculiar to those of West African heritage.

He then says black is not how others see you but how you see yourself.

The fact is that the race relations story can no longer be written in black and white. Rachel Dolezal should be a middle class, middle America kind of gal. That is, until you note that she grew up with four

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