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Rachel Dolezal is a black woman who happened to be born into a white body.
A prominent civil rights activist in the United States is facing investigation after her parents accused her of falsely passing herself off as black.
Rachel Dolezal, 37, has been the head of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, or NAACP, in Spokane, Washington, since January. But her parents have now told US media that Ms Dolezal is in fact white – and has spent several years deliberately misleading the public and her colleagues about her race.
“She’s our birth daughter and we’re both of European descent,” her father, Larry Dolezal, told Buzzfeed. “We’re puzzled and it’s very sad.”
Sure, her parents say Rachel Dolezal’s actually of “Czech, Swedish, and German” descent, making her whiter than white, but that’s just her cis-race. Who are we to force her to accept society’s arbitrary rules? Race is not a black and white issue. It’s far more nuanced than that. If she says she’s black, then she’s black.
There are those who will seek to belittle Dolezal for her courageous transition from white to black (wtb), but we should celebrate her, just as we celebrate Caitlyn Jenner for her transition from male to female (mtf). Already, Dolezal’s been on the receiving end of hate, just because she identifies as black:
Dolezal said she found a threatening package in the NAACP’s post office box in February, KXLY reported. The city of Spokane later sent out a press release that the package contained racist messages and death threats. The city statement reiterated that it was the ninth hate crime Dolezal had experienced.
The police, of course, are not taking these threats seriously, typical of the rigid cis-race hegemony.
Dolezal claims to have received a number of threatening letters and pictures of lynching in the NAACP’s P.O. box — but the letters did not have date stamps or barcodes, according to the Spokane Police Department. The only way the letters could have been placed in the mailbox would have been via someone with a key or a USPS employee. Police said they have ruled out postal employees as suspects.
Trans-race, it’s the new trans-gender!