What Color Am I?


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I’m probably gonna get a little heat for this one.

Did you hear this story? The president of the Spokane NAACP, Rachel Dolezal, is white. Not a big deal except she’s spent years telling people she’s black. What? How did that work? Why would someone lie about their ethnicity? I don’t know.

A photo was posted on the group’s Facebook page of of a black man presented at Delezal’s father. A reporter later got Ms. Dolezal on camera and asked her if the man in the photo was her father. She said yes and then was asked if she’s African American. She stated she didn’t understand the question. It was a simple question. Ms. Dolezal walked off camera.

Now her parents, her real white parents, have presented information like her birth certificate and oh yeah…their faces, to show that Dolezal has been living a lie for a very long time. Their information shows that she’s Caucasian and European descent, Czech, German and a few other things. I’m German and a bunch of other European things and you don’t get much whiter than that.

She does have adopted brothers who are black.

Her 22-year-old brother, who says he’s 25% black, says that what she’s doing is creating more racism.

She’s also claimed she’s been a victim of hate crimes and has received threatening letters (for being black). If none of that happened then that really is creating more racism.

She’s also stated that she’d be uncomfortable at a Tea Party event because of all the white people. Now that’s just asinine to say. I’ve been the only white guy at a lot of events and places and if I was ever uncomfortable it didn’t last long. I would be uncomfortable at a Tea Party rally too, but not because of all the white people. I’d be uncomfortable because of all the stupid people.

There’s nothing wrong with changing your hair, clothes, appearance, etc. But to fabricate your background, your history, your ethnicity, your life, is totally wrong. We should really care less about what race each of us belongs too (while being proud of our heritage) but don’t create an entirely different history for yourself to gain brownie points (no pun intended).

 

 

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  1. This whole Dolezal issue is actually kinda funny, because hundreds of years in America there were those who were legally black who were passing as white. Why because they related to the white community not their own. On yet another side of blackness stood the “black police”, those who felt somehow that their level of blackness exceeded that of other blacks that they deemed “not black enough”. Then there was Tiger Woods who chose to embrace all of the ethnic rainbow that coursed through his veins. He took heat from the “black police”. This woman in Washington State, publicly says she has felt the tug of blackness since she was five years old. And of the course there are the naysayers who say that’s not possible. Just as there are those who say Bruce Jenner has to have something wrong with him because of his lifelong gender identification issues. All of this only proves one thing to me. There are those of us who look at the world and marvel at its complexity. We say yes to all possibilities because were are truly mystified by the beauty of life. We live and let live. We try to wrap our heads around issues and phenomena that sometimes feel way behind our comprehension. We try because we want answers. Because knowledge and acceptance are a powerful thing. Then there are those who live in the nation of “no”. It can’t possibly be because it doesn’t fit the universe they’ve created. I will make a prediction. Those who are forever saying “no”, will find it increasingly difficult to say yes to anything. And the universe will become small and lonely.

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