What color are you, again?

A news article from the Washington Post, here, came across my desktop this morning.  It has left me sitting here, shaking my head in utter disbelief.

As a Native American woman, I am used to having discussion regarding race and heritage.  Those are all well and good.  I encourage people to seek out and embrace their own heritage.  However, you do NOT get to decide you want to be a different race.  Embrace WHO YOU ARE.

The issue in a nutshell:

Rachel Dolezal, 37, is the president of the Spokane NAACP, and has claimed to be the victim of a number of hate crimes. As questions were raised about the veracity of some of her reports this week, a white couple from Montana came forward to claim that Dolezal is their daughter.

Let that sink in just a moment.  Her parents came forward THIS WEEK.

Armed with childhood photos and a certified copy of her birth certificate, her parents, Lawrence & Ruthanne Dolezal approached The Post with this:

We are definitely her birth parents. We are both of Caucasian and European descent — Czech, German and a few other things

Ms. Dolezal’s Christian birth parents adopted black children when she was a teenager.

“The adoption of the children definitely fueled her interest as a teenager in being involved with people of color,” Ruthanne Dolezal said. “We’ve always had friends of different ethnicities. It was a natural thing for her.”

What?  Are you fucking kidding me?  We’ve all had friends of various ethnicities and color.  At no point did I ever wake up one morning and say “I think I’m going to be Chinese from now on”.

Being a good Christian father, dear old dad sought to excuse her behavior.

“You speak and sound and act and take on the mannerisms of the culture you live in,” he said. When Rachel applied to Howard University to study art with a portfolio of “exclusively African American portraiture,” the university “took her for a black woman” and gave her a full scholarship.

So not only did Ms. Dolezal decide she wanted to be black, she also potentially removed the opportunity for an actual black person to receive a scholarship that may have been the only way they had to obtain a higher education.  Way to hold back a race you seem hell bent on “embracing”.  Greed much, Ms. Dolezal?

I see things I want all the time.  But you will never see me walking all over a minority to get what I want.

You were never the victim of a hate crime, as you claim.  You were never a young, black, oppressed teenager.

Every single thing you have done, up to this point, whether it was positive or not, is now negated in a flood of lies and deceit of your own making.  I do not feel sorry for you.  And neither should any one else.  You reap what you sow.

(h/t Washington Post)

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