Friday, June 12, 2015
And now some takes I know will happen in advance— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) June 12, 2015
"Passing for black is the natural consequence of a liberal culture that exalts victimhood above all else"— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) June 12, 2015
"If you can transition from one gender to another, why not one race to another?"— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) June 12, 2015
"This proves that thanks to Beyoncé and Rihanna, white beauty standards are not longer dominant"— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) June 12, 2015
Growing up, the loving inclusiveness of black culture meant the world to me. The black big tent is a beautiful thing she took advantage of.— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) June 12, 2015
James Wilburn, who served as president of the Spokane NAACP before Dolezal, said that some members of the group did have doubts about her background: “It was discussed among close members to me, and we kept it like that.”
JAMES WHAT IN THE HELL? If you thought that the president of your local NAACP was LYING about being black, why why why why why why why why why would you keep that under wraps?
The couple and daughter became estranged after Rachel Dolezal asked them not to attend a Juneteenth event in Coeur d’Alene she had planned to attend, they said. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. They decided to honor her request and not go and have had very little contact with her or her teenage son since.And the Washington Post found that the story of the family's division was far more bitter and painful than just race.
The Dolezals, it should be noted, are a family divided. Parents Lawrence and Ruthanne and brothers Ezra and Zach do not speak with their sister because, they say, she alleged abuse in the family and obtained custody of her 21-year-old brother Izaiah. Izaiah, who is black, lives with Rachel Dolezal in Spokane — and Rachel says he is her son, the family alleged.KREM secured a sit-down interview with Dolezal. Much of it deals with Dolezal's choice to represent her brother as her son. But toward the end, Dolezal said that the "community... really doesn't understand the terms of race and ethnicity" and that "if I was asked, I would say, 'Yes, I do consider myself to be black.'"
That first hashtag. pic.twitter.com/COSrYQ08zB— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) June 12, 2015
Rachel Dolezal, a professor of Black Studies who rotates between Eastern Washington and North Idaho College, and is a leader for NIC's Black Students Association, said she wished the film had never been made. Her main dislike stemmed from all the money Kathryn Stockett, the author of the novel and a white woman, made off of this book and film.And in old articles in Eastern Washington University's college paper, Dolezal has said that "Our story [of Black history] should be taught year round," that she was "criticized for 'not painting white people' when [she] was in college" and that she was "always a sort of a 'bridge' between white and black worlds."
"Follow the money trail," Dolezal said. "A white woman makes millions off of a black woman's story."
Don't talk to me about how #RachelDolezal understood/knew the Black struggle when she could pick & choose when to be "Black".— Kim Moore (@SoulRevision) June 12, 2015
#RachelDolezal is another white savior reminding us all that we can be anything we want to be! Even a light skindeeed black girl!— Amanda Seales (@amandaseales) June 12, 2015
Others admired the way that, temporarily, the left and right seemed united.
Imagine those who praised Jenner but scold #RachelDelezal spitting and sparking like a robot in a Roddenberry novel as they reconcile this.— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) June 12, 2015
Credit where due: #RachelDolezal has managed to unite the Left and Right for a moment. Previouisly thought to be impossible.— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) June 12, 2015
To remind the world of that, Dolezal posted this on Facebook.
- Think of the worst thing you ever did - Imagine if it drew a Twitter mob - Be relieved it didn't - Apply to future tweets— Andrew Ellard (@ellardent) June 12, 2015