If you have been living under a rock you don’t know about Rachel Dolezal, head of the local NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal is a White woman who has lived and identifies herself as an African-American woman. Her estranged mother claims that she is “being dishonest and deceptive with her identity”. Dolezal has built a successful career as an expert on and advocate for the black community. Not only is she president of her local NAACP chapter; she is also an academic expert on African-American culture and teaches many related classes at Eastern Washington University.
In my opinion, I feel this entire charade is a well-timed distraction from the recent event in McKinney where an African-American teenage girl was attacked by a White police officer. This young lady has been scarred for life, but we’re more worried about a White woman wanting to be Black and is actually doing some good for our community. Don’t get me wrong, I am not justifying Rachel Doazal’s actions. It’s alarming to see how easily distracted our society is when it comes to things that matter most.
I’m sure most of you didn’t know that Rachel Doazal has also appeared alongside Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who has filed charges against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man. Is it a coincidence that this story of her deception in regards to her race is coming to light now? Are we not to believe that those who worked closely with her and her family didn’t know about this? The NAACP is standing by her saying:
“One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership,” the group said. “The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.”
To me that says not many members cared (if they knew) about her secret. Her service and dedication to the organization stood out above her color.
Without further digression, I’d like to go on record as saying that a lot of us have small, one-track minds. Our society is so fickle and inconsistent in the things we stand up for and care about. We’re all standing up and protesting for Black lives but we destroy Black lives in the media every day. Developments have been posted about the case of the little girl in McKinney and a lot of us are so busy discussing “the fake Black lady”, we’re losing momentum on a greater issue.
Wake up, friends. The media is playing a game with us and we can’t let them win. Black lives matter and they will always matter. Let’s notbe blinded by the smoke and mirrors. This is all a circus act.
Sources: CNN, Buzzfeed