According to her 2002 lawsuit, Rachel Dolezal (who then identified as her true self: the very Caucasian Rachel Moore) believed she had been discriminated against for being white, and that this discrimination had not just cost her a teaching position and scholarships, it meant the removal of her art from a student exhibit.
The suit was eventually tossed out, and Dolezal was even forced to reimburse Howard University more than $3500 in court and other costs. There is no question, though, that in Dolezal’s mind she had been discriminated against by a historically black college for the sin of being white, blonde, and freckle-faced.
What’s a girl to do?According to her interview Tuesday on “The Today Show,” Dolezal decided to “identify” herself as black. Even after being caught, she will continue to “identify” herself as black.From what we now know, in the apparent belief more opportunities would open up for her, Dolezal went to extraordinary lengths to masquerade herself as a black woman. She changed her name, darkened her skin, frizzed and darkened her hair, and serially-lied in order to enjoy Black Privilege.Until the mask was ripped off last week, from the looks of it, it worked.Dolezal flourished as a black woman. She became the president of the Spokane, Washington, NAACP. She earned a teaching position in Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University. She even won the chair of the Spokane Police Ombudsman’s Commission.
For decades now, leftists have argued that race and gender are social constructs with no biological basis. This ludicrous line of reasoning allows the left to deny basic, observable physical differences between men and women (such as physical strength) as well as scientific data showing cognitive and behavioral differences between different ethnic groups. It has also been used to justify transsexuality: since there’s no biological basis for gender, a man who takes estrogen and gets his rocket flayed into a pocket is just as female as women who were born that way.
By this logic, on what basis can the left condemn Rachel Dolezal? If race is a social construct, then it doesn’t matter that Dolezal is a homely white girl from Montana; if she feels black on the inside, she is perfectly justified in changing her appearance and acting black. If we’re supposed to celebrate Bruce Jenner for embracing his “true” femininity through surgery and hormones, then we should also celebrate Dolezal for embracing her “true” race.