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outed as white. This whole story is bizarre:
Also she looks distractedly like Melanie Hill from Big Brother 1
When will it end?!?!?!
FFS, how many shit viral ads you can fit on a page?
christian celebrities: on the rise
• Dolezal's claim she was born in a tepee.
'Totally false,' said her mother. She and Dolezal's father once lived in a tepee but it was before Dolezal was born.
• Dolezal's claim she once had to use bows and arrows to hunt for her own food as a kid.
Not true, says her mother.
• Dolezal's claim she once lived in South Africa.
'Rachel did not even ever visit us there,' said Ruthanne, who lived there as a missionary.
• Dolezal's claim her parents punished her 'by skin complexion' with a 'baboon whip' reminiscent of those once used on slaves.
'She is fabricating a very false and malicious lie,' Ruthanne said.
• Dolezal's claim that Larry Dolezal, who is white, is actually her stepfather.
'Anybody who lives in the town of Troy or Libby knows that Larry is her father,' Ruthanne said.
Her mum might be crackers tbf
although the photos of her in her early teens, all blonde and freckled...... assuming they are not doctored of course.
I think she has severe narcisstic personality disorder.
Part of me thinks, wel, she grew up wioth black brothers and married a black man she bviosukly identifies very strongly with black people, plus she devoted her entire career to fighting for black rights. It might have been a great big con, but didn't seem to have bad outcomes. I hope the world and its bigots especially go easy on her Not least because, as you say gb, there's more to this than mere deception or ego, she is quite likely a bit potty.
Doesn't make it alright, though, whatever Jon Ronson would like to imply.
this is a woman who misled so many people. granted, being black is not a requirement in order to be a professor of africana studies or a member of the naacp, but she invented this persona and history for herself, as well as inventing a narrative and history of racial abuse and victimisation.
in being white, she was already so incredibly privileged, and yet she occupied spaces in academia, activism and social commentary reserved for and as a black woman - which she isn't.
it's obviously wrong, but there are a lot of arguments around this right now, and a lot of people defending her. the whole 'transracial' or 'wrongskin' thing - yeah there are loads of people mocking it satirically, but a lot of people actually buy into it - including black people. so disheartening omg. what sort of arse do you have to be to see it no different to being transgender (when biological, assigned, physical SEX is different from someone's GENDER) - gender isn't something you can pick and choose, and neither is race, which is what she's done - she's effectively chosen the race she wants to represent and represent herself with via altering her own appearance and fabricating her history - there's more to race than physical identity or appearing to possess shared biological characteristics, such as shared history, experiences and cultural identity, etc.
also, as well as people telling the world that they're fine with this 'because caitlyn jenner exists' too, people seem to think it's perfectly logical that if a white passing poc can occupy spaces safely as a white person, then a white woman occupy spaces as a black woman, which isn't how it works.
But then say she never visited her? Weird.
"why didn't we do this!!!"
at her manager
and all humans descend from Africa, does this legitimately make me African-American?
or as a joking insight into her thought process.
Presumed the latter...
Maybe for you it implied the former. You've been as vague as him with your reply! :D
Dolzeal and Paxo
*Swiftly grabs coat, leaves thread, hails taxi
Airplane noise is heard overhead
if this was a wednesday afternoon you'd be in all sorts of bother
BUT I'm confused by the arguments for why 'transrace' isn't a thing. I'm happy to accept that race and gender are different but is there a succinct way of explaining the difference?
gender purely on which chromosomes you happen to be born with
"Race, on the other hand, is completely man-made. There are no innate, natural differences between a black person and a white person past their skin tone and minor facial/bodily features. Any and all racial differences are based on culture and experiences."
But I think I might be getting it that you can't change your race because by definition your race is what you've lived with up to this point. Is that right?
that they're both social constructs built around genetic differences but race is intergenerational so more deep rooted in that sense. whereas your assigned gender is purely based on your own personal genitals so if you say it's incorrect then who is anybody else to argue.
idk if this makes sense though. have all the clever ones gone to bed?
I asked the author on twitter and she said "pretty much" so i think I get it enough now https://twitter.com/johnwithazero/status/609482836018622464
The other is a societal and cultural construct.
everything's a construct
which is a problem because it leads to people like richard dawkins being literally unable to even grasp the concept of islamophobia, since 'being islamic' is not a biological category (incidentally he also tweeted something like 'some biologists don't even think being black is a race' in relation to his 'discussion' about islamophobia, which strongly implied he considers the possibility that racism just doesn't happen to black people (since this was the justification for it not happening to muslims). I know people see him as a harmless idiot but i really think he and people like him, with this relentlessly scientific view of the world, are actually dangerous, especially with regards to race)
without relying on the notion that either race or gender is somehow a more 'real' or physical or less 'constructed' identity:
gender is fundamental to how we conceive of ourselves and others as human beings. every human being that comes into this world, before anything else, is either a boy or a girl, and is immediately and always surrounded by people who they are led to understand are either boys or girls (with all the variable roles and cultural baggage that entails). judith butler's written a lot about the idea of how there is never a subject before gender - ie, it's not that there is a gender-neutral personhood that exists prior to being assigned gender; being gendered is fundamental to being culturally intelligible as a human being (hence why parents of intersex babies, without an obvious biological gendering cue, nonetheless have to make a choice about what to raise their child as, whether that involves surgery or otherwise, before they can even begin to name and relate to the child; hence why most of us have such an incredibly hard time with gender-neutral pronouns). this is, of course, A Problem in various ways, but it goes a long way towards explaining why most people feel gender to be a fundamental part of their identity as a person (even if that gender is 'none'), and why being trans is generally experienced as such profound and unbearable psychological conflict, and why the 'sex' of someone's body is usually so deeply entangled with their relationship to gender identity
race is assigned or constructed or experienced by a completely different set of processes. race as a concept is, to start off with, not associated with the personhood of individuals but with the identity of groups, and it was born as a concept not to divide all people into one of two types, but to mark various groups of people as others to be fought or oppressed or otherwise dehumanised. white people, for most of history, have essentially constructed themselves as raceless - they are default humans, and it's everyone else that is racialised in various ways. babies are not born into the world to be assigned a race on sight; babies raised in racially homogenous communities (or imaginary utopian ones where race is meaningless) could feasibly grow up without even having a real concept of race, without having a concept of themselves as being racialised subjects. most white kids don't grow up with a fundamental sense of themselves as being white. most black kids do, because of the facts of the way race has been constructed and experienced in our society. racial identity exists first and foremost as a *group* identity in response to racial oppression and historical experience, in a way that simply cannot be matched up with gender identity
there's obviously a huge amount more to be said on both concepts, but i think maybe thinking about it like this puts into context why transgender experience can never be used as a model or an equivalent for 'transracial' experience, without having to put it in terms of one thing being constructed and the other not which leads down all sorts of problematic paths
you cunts had better read it
Although it's depressing that it needs to be said. Your gut tells you that transgender and transrace cannot be equivalent. Sometimes it's fine to follow your gut.
False analogy? False equivalency? The two things are different, and it's not necessarily meaningful to compare them.
You'd probably be considered a bit silly if you said 'you can change your underpants, so why not your race/gender?' or 'you can't change your birthday, so how can you change your race/gender?'. It's an attempt to understand the situation, but a rather glib one.
Sorry if this is some sort of Hollyoaks-script level of Wittgensteinian analysis.
"she sued the historically black Howard University, for favouring African American students over herself as a white student"
US balcony collapse 'kills five'
I don't even understand it in that instance. isn't it confirmed?
In the interview, she says she started identifying with the black experience at age 5 and talked about drawing self-portraits with a brown crayon.
So has she assigned herself a different race from infancy or what then? Is that even possible? I don't get it.
I think they were younger brothers, so I'm not sure how much younger they were/ how much that might have affected the 5 year old incumbent child.
Clearly, appropriation of black identity by somebody is black is unforgiveable, but there are plenty of reasons to explain why she did it- see seems like an absolutely deluded, personality disordered person.