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Aura Reading Rachel Dolezal, Pushing the Boundaries of Racial Identity

How much does skin color have to matter to you?

How much does skin color have to matter to you?

Nobody said living now would be easy. But really, how flexible does a person have to be? Geesh!

As if it weren’t enough that a national conversation was thrust upon us by Caitlin (formerly Bruce) Jenner! Now a scandal has erupted over Rachel Dolezal, who announced her resignation Monday as head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington. So many people are so very upset because this white woman has identified as black, and lived accordingly.

In her professional life, Rachel Dolezal has chosen to advance the lives of African-Americans.

Her son has told her, “Mom, racially you’re human and culturally you’re black.” Rachel Dolezal reports that, as a girl, she drew self-portraits “using brown crayon, rather than peach, to portray herself, and drawing herself with black, curly hair, not the straight, blonde locks she grew up with.”

While her indignant mother has told the media, “She did not ever refer to herself or draw pictures (like the described self-portraits) or do anything that indicated she thought she was black.” 

Seems to me “ever” is a pretty impressive word for a person to use when describing somebody else’s behavior. I wonder if this mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, also happens to be omnipresent and omniscient. 😉

Certainly it’s indisputible that, unlike Caitlin Jenner, Rachel Dolezal has not sought the spotlight. Yet here it is anyway, and many people have expressed rage, outrage, indignation, and more.

Is she crazy, as her biological parents proclaim to the media? Or is she no more crazy than any transgendered person or cross-dresser, or person who speaks in an accent that doesn’t come from how she was raised? Is it crazy to be a social climber? Or a political activist for a group into which you haven’t been born?

Is it deeply dishonest to exchange a name that doesn’t fit you for a name that aligns with your soul?

What do you Blog-Buddies think? Because a lot of us have skin in this game, literally or figuratively or both.