Thursday and Friday of last week, this story was all over the internet.
An interesting and peculiar deflection from the last story: The Pool Party shakedown in McKinney, Texas, in which another white officer used excessive force on a young Black teenage girl, drawing his gun on other Black teenagers, and prompting quick response from the media and public of the outrageousness.
Now, we have the case of a white woman, who posed for Black for years, went to predominantly Black Howard University on a full scholarship (Affirmative Action); and taking a position of power, based on the premise of being a “Black Woman” but in truth, was a white woman, acting with the audacity of White Privilege; and not thinking it even mattered.
Rachel Dolezal was unknown until her own parents outed her out as a “race faker” on various news programs.
Like everyone else, I was stumped. A white woman pretending to be Black? Really? Wow…it was bizarre for sure, but what started out being treated as a joke, took more serious analysis, and that is what I’d like to extend intellectually.
First, wouldn’t it be nice to just take off your exterior and pose and you would like in order to “pass” through certain scrutiny that those who have melanin, know all too well. As writer, Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Editor at Mic stated in an article he wrote, “It takes a certain amount of entitlement to claim blackness as an identity category, and even more to move about society falsely representing oneself while gaining access to areas because of the color of one’s skin. That is a privilege black people do not have.”
I totally agree with that.
But oh, of course, you have those who are implying that she must be psychologically disturbed or something to give up White Privilege. Yeah, I’d say that, if I weren’t intelligent, but what I’m really thinking is that this woman is just yet another arrogant white person who thinks that not only did they invent everything on this planet; but, even being a Black person can be their prerogative; proving yet again, in a strange way, how White Supremacy dictates that race can be used to their advantage with the right scheme.
This truly is a case of playing the cards on both sides of the table.
And here’s the kicker: Rachel Dolezal can pretend to be Black but what does she really know about the Black Experience? Does she know the intimacies Black people share with each other whether by word or through our inner light codes; we can communicate spirit to one another, no matter where we are. Our higher consciousness is as fine-tuned as a grand piano. We over-stand the subliminal as well as the literal and can break down the rich layers of our universe whether through our speech, dance, thought, or silence. Our energy field can surround the planet. We are the gatekeepers of consciousness. What does she know about that? What is her experience with our culture? as if Blackness is a coat that can be taken off or put on. Can she translate our struggle to knit into her own life quilt of knowing what it felt like to see your grandparents still having to work long after retirement because leisure meant poverty to them? Can she remember the screams of a Black mother at a funeral as they casket closed on her Black son? When was she passed over for a promotion by a lesser qualified white person?
Talk to me, Rachel, dear…
And of course, you will have some Black people who will forgive this child–asking us not to attack her, but have some people ever thought that she may have been used by racist white males to infiltrate a Black organization to attack it from within? Some may think this is another white person showing love for our culture. It is not. What this is really is cultural theft. Just as white historians have tried to claim that the history of Africa is theirs; this is the same thing. This isn’t about love; it’s white privilege masquerading itself and benefiting from our struggle without sacrifice.