She’s back at it again!
For those who are unaware of the first trans-black person (please note the sarcasm), let me inform you of the wonder that is “the racist formerly known as Rachel Dolezal”. As president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) for a year, she had influence over many people in an organisation founded for coloured people (predominantly black) – as a white person… who claims she is black.
W. E. B. Du Bois and I say, “Say, what?!”
Personally, I have no problem with white allies who advocate for black civil rights, as long as their ‘preaching’ is directed towards the right (white) audience. The NAACP was founded, in 1909, by Du Bois and two white people – Moorfield Storey and Mary White Ovington, who was, in fact, a white woman. That simply confirms that there are spaces for white allies in organisations of such prominence that is the NAACP, who actually issued a statement in support of Dolezal (or Diallo?) stating, “One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership”(!).
Okay, but… identifying as another race? As a black person? When she benefits from white privilege? That’s a first! I’m even astounded that she could fake it for so long. The hairdresser who did her braids must have noticed the Caucasian hair growing from her roots? Most likely.
Race, using the Google definition (which I can actually agree with), is “each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristic”. The term, originally used by the white man, to segregate and ostracise people of colour, still has weight in this society due to the prevalence of racism and prejudice. As the definition states, distinct physical characteristic suggests the first things you notice about people you encounter. A person’s skin colour, hair type and even body type are used to categorise a group of people, which is the reason why people who are Hispanic can still be considered white – they simply live in Spanish speaking countries.
Who is Nkechi Amare Diallo? Putting on blackface and 3c wig apparently isn’t enough for her. The meaning behind the Igbo name ‘Nkechi’ is ‘God’s property’. ‘Amare’ is Latin for beloved, and ‘Diallo’ has an African origin, meaning ‘Bold’. She’s creative, I’ll give her that!!
In my opinion, Dolezal is a joke gone sour. She is apparently close to homelessness and is on the verge of bankruptcy. Do I feel sympathy for her? Not really.
I am privileged to have never experienced such hardships in my life; therefore, I can never truly comprehend the difficulties of not having a stable roof over my head, and money in my pocket. However, I do believe that Dolezal would not be in her position if she did not perceive being black as something you ‘identify’ with. She has no substance in my life so I can’t really predict what future saga will unfold in her life. She is pretty much at a very low point in her life, so I don’t see any benefits of condemning her. She doesn’t seem ready to quit this foolish charade, so I simply say good luck to her… you’re still white, though!