The Rachel Dolezal phenomenon is worth talking about. Those who are supporting her and lying for her are worth ridiculing. She, I suspect, needs prayer and treatment. Let me tell you why.
I am coming to believe, reluctantly, that America is operating under a spirit of delusion. Biblically speaking, this often foreshadows judgement. Everywhere we go, we are being told not to trust the evidence of our senses and then elite opinion tries to redefine the reality that we believe is created by God. We’ve seen it most recently with the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner comedy show. I wish Jenner would get help but if he is going to use his illness and confusion to promote his upcoming reality TV show then he’ll be treated like a self-promoting hack not a person with a claim to our compassion. But we’ve seen this kind of verbal engineering for decades. With abortion and the attempt to redefine “my child” as “product of conception.” We’ve been seeing it in the refusal of our President to identify ISIS as engaged in a religious war. We see it in the attempt to redefine marriage. Reality is apparently pliable to our wishes.
Isaiah warned against those who call good, evil and evil, good or sweet, bitter and bitter sweet. St. Paul in Romans 1:18-32 warns against suppressing the truth of God that we see in nature. In doing some we are given over to a futile and foolish mind. Professing to be wise, we become fools and replace the Creator God with a life.
The latest celebration of sham is Rachel Dolezal. She was president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, a graduate of Howard University that has graduated people like Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, actress Phylicia Rashad, first black U.S. Senator Edward Brook,, economist and journalist Thomas Sowell, former mayor of New York, David Dinkens, the entertainer formerly known as P. Diddy or Puff Diddy or Puff Daddy. Sean Combs, the writer Toni Morrison to just name a few.
The problem is that Rachel Dolezal is no more black than Pat Boone’s white bucks. Whether she is sick or not, she’s a poser, an imposter. Perhaps she’s entertaining like Al Jolson or Billy Van who performed in blackface. I doubt it. Something more serious is at stake. There are those race experts who are claiming that she has “achieved blackness” whatever that means. I know that if white people referred to “achieving whiteness” they would be hooted off the stage and heckled by the political left.
We are told that because she “identifies as a black woman” that “there is some authenticity to that.” She is a woman so I guess that’s half right. She is being compared with transgendered people who simply won’t accept the gender they were forced to accept by their parents’ usurpation of their choice. Why accept my skin pigmentation? I kid you not. The latest in chic, elite parenting is to let your children pick their own gender. Of course, we don’t let our children choose their own nutrition or medical care but apparently gender is so malleable, we can afford to leave it in their tiny hands and confused heads. We can always fix it.
Rachel may be suffering from some dissociative disorder because of rape, trauma, or abuse of some sort. If so, she needs our prayers, not our ridicule. But those who are hailing her as an achievement in blackness, should be hounded out of the academy and off the television set. They are likely making her condition worse.
Note the outrageous cluster of claims. Her parents “outed” her and apparently there is no love lost between them and her black adopted siblings.
She admits her parents are white. Although in the past, she tried to pass a black man off as her father.
She claims to have been birthed in a Montana teepee and learned to use bows and arrows to hunt.
She is German, Swiss and Czech. Perhaps a little Native American according to one report.
She snookered East Washington University who hired her to teach. Her EWU profile credits as an artist whose work has been featured at the United Nations Headquarters. “She believes that the creative process is part of what makes us human and unifies our self-identity with the world around us.” Maybe she is finding salvation as a performance artist.
In a piece for Breitbart.com Ben Shapiro lays out a dark resume.
She claims to be a licensed diversity trainer who lived in South Africa where her mom and step-dad regularly beat the children “punishing us by skin complexion.” I haven’t a clue what that means but it included being “struck by a baboon whip” which she claims are akin to whips used on American slaves. The parents say they have never lived in South Africa but what the heck. Every person trying to claim black legitimacy can get credit for living in the formerly apartheid country liberated by Nelson Mandela.
She claims her mentor date-raped her, her husband beat her, she is blonde because of cancer and one of her black brothers is her black son.
She also is a consultant for Black Live Matter and similar groups and rides around as a monitor with Spokane police sniffing out police brutality, etc., etc., etc.
I doubt this story will be long with us. However, the fascination with deception and illusion remains a growing mark of American identity.