Good heavens! So, there’s this bit of absolute lunacy …..
Who are we allowed to become? Children growing up today are likely to believe they can be anyone they want to be, and parents and teachers have grown fond of the phrase “Whatever you are, be a good one.” The emerging narratives of transgender children dovetail perfectly with this philosophy, children whose parents do not force them into a lockstep performance of the gender they were assigned at birth have become visible members of society. Yet the increased presence of transgender issues in our national conversation has prompted some to wonder—with or without their tongue in cheek, or in check—whether this is merely a sign of the times, a side effect of the chaos of modern life. If you can be born male and “become” female, some argue, then can’t you become anything else you want? And if you can be transgender, then can’t the label “transracial” apply, just as legitimately, to someone like Rachel Dolezal?
Well, yes, if the lunacy of believing you can actually, in reality, change your gender, then, you can absolutely change your racial identity.
There’s more in the article …..
Dolezal has been in the national spotlight for a week now, and in that time the public’s opinion of her has never quite shifted, as it so often does in stories like these, to simple outrage. ….
Well, no, Sarah (the author of this idiocy), conservatives won’t be outraged because they’re laughing too hard. Leftards are confused as to how to respond, because they’re too embarrassed by this lunacy. However, there are some people of color who are very, very, outraged. But, that’s their own problem, as well. If you support idiotic organizations such as the NAACP, this is what you’ll reap.
One of the great fallacies that often arises in public discussions of transgender rights and identity is the idea of “becoming” someone: “becoming” a woman, “becoming” a man, as if the life of a transgender person is just one big bar mitzvah. Given the opportunity to tell their own stories, transgender people often explain that this has never been the case—that they have, rather, been mislabeled from the start, and are only stripping away the layers of false identity that have accrued around them without their consent.
It hardly seems a coincidence that Dolezal used the same phrasing Tuesday in a hotly anticipated interview with Matt Lauer on “Today.” When Lauer asked whether Dolezal was African-American, Dolezal responded, “I identify as black. … This goes back to a very early age, with my self-identification with the black experience.” At five years old, she said, “I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon.” …..
… Thinking about Dolezal, one is reminded of Ferdinand Demara and Frank Abagnale, two American men who took on dozens of separate careers and identities, and wanted little nothing more, it seemed, than to simply avoid living without the safety of a mask. Anyone can identify with the desire to be someone—anyone—else, and acknowledging this within ourselves makes it easy for us to understand the people who are actually successful at making these fantasies flesh. ….
…. Dolezal pretended—and likely is still pretending—to be not just a black woman, but an African-American. She lays claim to a highly specific heritage, one as defined by pain and injustice and ongoing trauma as it is by any other cultural hallmark, and defined not just alongside whiteness, but against it. ….
… The Scandinavian-looking blonde girl in the photos Dolezal’s parents supplied does not automatically contradict the idea that Dolezal might actually have African-American heritage. ….
…. Ultimately, Rachel Dolezal’s story seems like a story about fear. It expresses the fear all white Americans have, or should have: fear of acknowledging our own cultural history as creators of trauma and inflictors of abuse; fear of acknowledging the guilt inherent in this narrative, and, even more staggeringly, taking on the task of alchemizing guilt into something useful. Dolezal’s story also expresses, in its most redemptive moments, the love and respect she truly seemed to have for African-American culture—and the weakness that allowed her to see it not as a culture she wanted to use her white privilege to advocate for, but as a shelter in which she could hide from herself.
Well, there is, I must say, a fear. And, it scares me at times, but, I’m one who confronts my fears. Peering into the mind of a leftard is one such fears. And, yes, it hurts and is painful for me. This lady is so far gone, I can’t see where she’ll ever get back to reality.
While she brushes upon some very hard truths, she doesn’t acknowledge these hard truths. She seems more focused on the transgender issue than the race issue and she tries to tie them together, in typical leftarded fashion. So, let me start with the transgender issue …..
There’s no such thing. Forget trying to co-opt experiences, that’s utter idiocy. The author acknowledges the “fantasies” and “pretending”, and that’s all there is to “transgender” people. It’s complete and utter fantasy and pretending. You see, I’m a male. It doesn’t matter how much I would want to be a female, I can’t ever be one. Sure, I could have my pecker cut off, and have a hole carved out where one isn’t suppose to be. I could have boob implants, and take hormone shots. I could wear dresses and makeup ….. but, none of that is going to change what’s in my DNA. It would help pretending and the fantasy, but, that’s all it will ever be. It’s physiology and biology. It’s physics and anatomy. IDK, can you shove a working uterus into a man? No? Well, then STFU! You can’t be a woman! You lunatics!
In the same manner, you can’t change your race. In both race and gender issues, though, you can change how you perceive and consider them. Again, I don’t know, for sure, if there wasn’t some black in my families’ heritage. I’ve always allowed that there could be …. but, I’m not concerned about the sickle cell, so ….
I do wonder, though, exactly what these lunatics mean by “African-American heritage”? Does it include the “African-Americans” who migrated here after the Emancipation Proclamation? If it does, then, there are two very unique heritages. But, then, even those who migrated here between say 1865 –1950 would have an entirely different heritage than those people who have a heritage from people who migrated since 1950. But, then, each and every one would have a different heritage depending upon the place of origin within the US.
Like the transgender issue, there is no such thing as a unique “African-American heritage”. It simply doesn’t exist. Yes, there are people who share a similar skin pigment. But, then, there are people half-way around the world who do, as well, and they’ve almost nothing in common with the ones who share the skin pigment, here.
But, while we’re on this subject ……
It expresses the fear all white Americans have, or should have: fear of acknowledging our own cultural history as creators of trauma and inflictors of abuse; fear of acknowledging the guilt inherent in this narrative, …
Well, I suppose, if one wishes to dwell in self loathing, that’s one way to do it. I, OTOH, wish to dwell in reality.
Here’s the facts. White America freed slaves over 150 years ago. White America created an environment which allowed for the election of a Black president. Well, they didn’t just create the environment, they codified it in law. Indeed, today, we’re so racially harsh that nearly every person on the continent of Africa wants to come to the US. That’s how bad we are. Inflictors of abuse and creators of trauma …. or, in the case of the author of this article, creator of drama ….
The fact of the matter is, in all races, there are people who abuse and cause trauma. I should have a specific sense of guilt because someone of my race did? I’m pretty sure, not. But, if that’s the standard …. well, slavery is still institutionalized in Africa, as it always has been through recorded history … as a White person, I’m so ashamed? I’m guilty? Of what?
On the US side, yes, there is still bigotry in this nation, and, it’s a disgrace. There are still, actually, people in this nation insisting that people pay homage based on the race of people. It’s disgusting!
Yeh, there were some very bad White people out there. Sorry, I don’t identify with them, so, it’s impossible for me to feel guilty about the things they did. And, more to the point, I don’t own it. Even if my ancestors engaged in such things, that’s not me. But, I know my parents. I know what they taught me. I knew my grand parents, and know what they were about. Even if the sins of the fathers should be visited upon the children (there’s no blood guilt), me and mine are good.
Now, to anyone else, if you choose to feel guilt about how America came to free slaves, give everyone a right to vote, own property, and have an equal voice in our governance, by all means, take the guilt and own it. That’s your idiocy and stupidity, it isn’t mine. You people need to quit projecting your bs on the rest of us.
I would wager a bet that the majority of the people who believe White Americans should feel guilty is because they’re attempting to project their own guilt. They beg, plead, insist, that people feel guilty because it alleviates them from taking responsibility as an individual.