“Objective truth is dead. It has been slain by human feelings — by a soft tyranny of sentimentalism which dictates that how a person feels about anything now defines its reality,” writes Elizabeth Scalia at Patheos.
Because NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal believes herself to be Black is of no consequence to anyone. After all, if a person wants to be ‘transgendered’ or ‘transabled’ — they should be allowed to be ‘transethnic’ or ‘transracial’ too.
Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP and claims to be Black, though her parents say otherwise, releasing her birth certificate and photos of her as a freckle-face White child as proof. According to her parents, she began to identify herself more with the Black community around 2007.
Her claim reflects the 1986 film, ‘Soul Man,’ where actor C. Thomas Howell wears blackface to qualify for a Black-only scholarship at Harvard. Once there, he meets a Black woman and falls in love, only to learn he cheated her out of the scholarship.
Howell’s character eventually reveals he’s White. And the film ends with him paying back the scholarship and doing charity work to make up for his fraud.
Though a success at the box office, the NAACP criticized the movie for featuring a White actor in blackface.
“In the final analysis, it is our opinion that the American moviegoer is really unlikely to waste good time and money on going to see this questionable effort at film making,” the organization’s statement concluded.
Upon learning of Dolezal’s situation the NAACP responded: “We respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.”
She is the chairwoman of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, a volunteer appointment and is self-identified as White, Black and American Indian on her application. The city is trying to decide whether she violated any policies about her ethnic claims on the document.
Dolezal is also professor in the Africana Education Department at Eastern Washington University. She was the education director of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho until 2010 when she resigned after being passed over for promotion to the institute’s top job.
What’s bothersome about all of this is the fact that if a White man puts on ‘blackface’ it’s racist. But then being a hypocrite is simply being ‘transethical.’