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"Isn't it better to allow someone to be what is comfortable to them in their own life?"
Do you really think it is helpful or kind to allow anyone to lie to him or herself because they are "more comfortable" with the lie?
"Is that really Fraud?"
Say your husband has cancer, but would be "more comfortable" telling himself and everyone else that he is perfectly healthy. If you go along with it, aren't you at least defrauding him, if not all the others who know and love him?
The truth is the truth. There is nothing to be gained in helping somebody else perpetuate a lie about himself in the interest of self-image or what have you.
Lastly, Dolezal has not merely defrauded herself and those with whom she's been associated. Her apparently fraudulent claims of hate crimes being perpetrated against her because of "her race" also defraud everyone in this community.
Boy. Wolf. Credibility.
If, as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, the true issue of how we view each other should be the content of one's character rather than the color of one's skin, Rachel Dolezal fails.
And if the NAACP doesn't change their position on her real soon, they will have failed, too.
Liz Moore: "Rachel Dolezal is a ... principled person ... I am really disappointed and outraged at this horrendous bandwagoning and fevered sensationalism. What happens inside families is often kept invisible from outsiders. ..."
Principled people do not misrepresent themselves to the public in the way RD has. And since her misrepresentation HAS been public, this isn't merely a private, "inside-the-family" issue.
pm said: "Transracial Ms. Rachel Dolezal, needs to be left alone. Judge her on the content of her character not on the color of her skin."
Alas, the content of her character is directly related to how she has represented the color of her skin.
Sorry, but Corkery negotiates w/the cops for ten minutes, knowing he's in big, BIG trouble ... then walks out the front door with a gun in his hand and his hands at his sides? I don't think I fault them for this one. This certainly ain't no Creech shooting.
"I feel very strongly that women, not their insurance companies, not their boss, not the CEO of the company and certainly not their shareholders, should be deciding a woman's personal health care."
TRANSLATION: "I feel very strongly that politicians, not employers, should be deciding what health care benefits employers must offer their employees."
Incidentally, re. Ms. Dolezal's portrayal of Idaho has some racist hotbed where black people simply are not safe:
We lived in Phoenix AZ for over twenty years, including back in the heyday of the whole Hayden Lake/Aryan Nations thing. When we moved to Spokane in 2008, we stopped for lunch in one of the small mining towns east of CdA, and the first thing I saw when I walked into the fast-food joint was a young mixed-race couple eating their meal and holding hands.
That was one of MY first impressions of the "racist" Idaho panhandle, and it has stuck with me ever since.
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