Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:00:04 +0000
There was a time when, desperate to escape the scourge of racism, half- or part-blacks in the U.S. would pretend to be white.
Nowadays, it’s just the opposite.
With incentives like Affirmative Action and racial quotas, Americans who are part black identify themselves as “African American,” ignoring the “white” part of themselves.
Take Obama for example. He’s bi-racial: half black, half white. But Obama defines himself as black, and is celebrated by Democrats and the media as black.
Then there’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-NH), the darling of the Left, who looks wholly “white” with blonde hair and blue eyes, but claims to be a Native American, specifically a Cherokee.
Interestingly, she didn’t self-identify as Native American until she was 38 and climbing the law professor ladder. It was then that she claimed to be 1/32 Cherokee and so received “Affirmative Action” “diversity” benefits. When questioned about her Cherokee heritage, other than two recipes she offered in a 1984 cookbook, Pow Wow Chow, which she claimed to have been passed down to her through the Five Tribes families, Warren insisted that she didn’t need to provide documentation of her Cherokee ancestry because family “lore” backs her up.
Now, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Spokane, Washington, is revealed to be not a “colored” or black person, but white.
Jeff Humphrey reports for KXLY4 that on Thursday, June 10, 2015, the City of Spokane announced it’s investigating whether Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, had violated the city’s code of ethics in her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission.
Dolezal is chair of the independent commission, in addition to being an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington University and president of the NAACP local chapter. On her application to serve on the commission, she identified herself as African-American. But public records, including Dolezal’s own birth certificate, list her biological parents as Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal of Montana. The Dolezals said Rachel is their biological daughter and that they are both white.
Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart said in a joint statement: “We are committed to independent citizen oversight and take very seriously the concerns raised regarding the chair of the independent citizen police ombudsman commission. We are gathering facts to determine if any city policies related to volunteer boards and commissions have been violated. That information will be reviewed by the City Council, which has oversight of city boards and commissions.”
On the NAACP Spokane Facebook page, a picture was posted earlier this year showing Dolezal and an African-American man who was identified as Dolezal’s father.
On Wednesday, KXLY4’s Jeff Humphrey asked Dolezal: “Ma’am, I was wondering if your dad really is an African-American man.”
Dolezal answered, “I don’t understand the question, I did tell you [that man in the picture] is my dad.”
Humphrey asked, “Are your parents white?” At that point, Dolezal removed the microphone, ended the interview and walked away.
KXLY4 was interviewing Dolezal about several hate crimes she’s reported over the last several years. Most recently, Dolezal said she received a packet of hateful letters and pictures at the NAACP post office box in North Spokane. Her accusation led to rallies of support for her outside Spokane City Hall. Police say whoever placed the mail must have had access to the box, as it was not processed through the regular mail. Dolezal denied any implication that she was responsible.
Dolezal says she’s been the victim of eight documented hate crimes in Idaho; a public records request filed by KXLY yielded just three reports. Each was closed by police because of insufficient evidence to prosecute.
FOTM’s Three Percent recently did a brilliant post on the new media-concocted popularity of transgenders. With tongue firmly in cheek, he confessed that he’s a new type of “trans” — a “transrace” who “feels” he’s another race stuck in the wrong body. (See “Bruce Jenner is transgender? I’m a transrace!“)
Expect that to be Rachel Dolezal’s defense. /sarc
And why not?
How is claiming to be another race stuck in the wrong body any different from claiming to be another gender stuck in the wrong body? America has devolved to the point where hard facts like our DNA and chromosomes no longer matter; it’s all about how you “feel.” If you “feel” you’re a woman, even though your body is that of a male, then it’s your body that’s mistaken, because your “feelings” are all that matters.
Rachel Dolezal is the rotten fruit of post-modernism’s deconstructivism that maintains there are no objective truths. Instead, truth is relative and subjective.
We have been warned about relativism.
Nearly three thousand years ago, the prophet Isaiah sounded a warning about the confusion and disorder that are engendered by relativism: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
In our times, author Michael Novak warned about the political dangers of a society that holds truths to be relativist and subjective:
“During the next hundred years, the question for those who love liberty is whether we can survive the most insidious and duplicitous attacks from within, from those who undermine the virtues of our people, doing in advance the work of the Father of Lies. ‘There is no such thing as truth,’ they teach even the little ones. ‘Truth is bondage. Believe what seems right to you. There are as many truths as there are individuals. Follow your feelings. Do as you please. Get in touch with your self. Do what feels comfortable.’ Those who speak in this way prepare the jails of the twenty-first century. They do the work of tyrants.”
Theologian Lesslie Newbigin is blunter still. In The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, Newbigin writes: “The relativism which is not willing to speak about truth but only about ‘what is true for me’ is an evasion of the serious business of living. It is the mark of a tragic loss of nerve in our contemporary culture. It is a preliminary symptom of death.”
H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV