Oh the Lies you tell

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During the past week, I have got to see all over my Facebook feed about the woman named Rachel Dolezal. Ms. Dolezal has been her life as an African American for about 11 years. Ms. Dolezal was the leader of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington. Her “cover” was blown by her own parents who happen to be Caucasian. There are many images showing how Ms. Dolezal wore her hair and even how her facial features represented someone who was biracial.  Rachel Dolezal Rachel Dolezal Rachel Dolezal

By looking at the image above, from face value you would assume she was at least Bi racial.Once it was revealed that she was not Black, every one had an opinion and then it became a feeding frenzy.

The NAACP was started in 1909 by Ida Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. DuBois, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villiard, William English Walling and led the “Call” to renew the struggle for civil and political liberty. 2 Blacks and 4 whites.

This is why I couldn’t understand why she did not just be herself. I have seen plenty of write-ups stating that she using “white privilege”  to be black.  White privliege is defined as

  1. White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit white people in western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.

So I was curious as to why someone who has this privilege would want to put her self in a place where she would be viewed a certain way. As a black person, I sometimes feel that the whole world hates black people just because it will win favors with white people ( as if every ethnicity in this day and age still have to honestly answer to whites in that way). beauty comes in all colors

When I was talking to my mom about this, we both thought of her having a serious mental condition outside of the lying she did over ten years? What person in their right mind would want to be black with all the persecution that is involved? Black people are scrutinized for everything from the hair on their heads, their speech, their education  and more. Its either you are too black or not black enough ( and that is within the ethnicity itself)

Why would she do that to herself honestly? I mean I have even seen jokes about checking all light skin black people to make sure they are black. Though it is a joke, many a truth is spoken in jest and black people have enough issues with color to just keep adding to it.

I wonder if she will seek help. It just seems very off that for all these years she would do this and then all of what she did has come out, from her artwork, to her racial discrimination case, to telling a Hispanic student they were not Spanish  enough?

I would love to know who decided to use enough when it came to race. We are such a bunch of mutts these days that most of humanities DNA probably has traces from other ethnicity.

But again it brings to light a conversation that may be happening. I have even seen the term trans racial being thrown around. I honestly did not know this word even existed..

Definition of TRANSRACIAL

:  involving, encompassing, or extending across two or more races <transracial adoption>
I am just curious of her mindset. The family continues to state she is white and they cannot understand why she continued for so long. Even though she has now resigned, she said she will always continue to fight for human rights.
But this brings me to the lies we tell ourselves for what ever reason. Sometimes it is to protect our family from a truth they just won’t understand or to lie about a life that is not real.
I had someone who I thought was friend and she lied about the latter part of her life. I could not understand why. She even lied to her best friend, I couldn’t not fathom the need for it. She did not need to impress anyone. We cared about her the way she was.
I no longer have any contact with her and I am glad.  A liar is worse that a thief because a liar can get you get killed.
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