Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 6.56.13 PMI don’t know why I’m still shocked when different things hit the media. But, I must admit, I was shocked to discover that Rachel Dolezal, the President of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP and a white woman, has been misrepresenting her racial identity. In other words, she’s been passing as a black woman.

White NAACP President Passes For Black

Historically, we’ve mostly heard about blacks passing for white, but rarely if ever do we hear about whites passing for blacks. Sociologically, I wonder about the benefits of passing as a black woman.

  1. Are you going to be hired first when you apply for a job?
  2. Are men going to be beating a path to your doorstep?
  3. Are you going to be left alone when you’re in an upscale store?

According to many of the black women I know, the answer to all three of those questions is NO! And, so I wonder what prompted Rachel’s “preference” for blackness.

I saw a couple of  Rachel Dolezal’s youth photos. She had the coveted blonde hair which traditional media and culture seems to be obsessed with and yet, she’s chosen a black identity. Its dumbfounding actually. I’ve been scouring the internet reading about Rachel and I saw a clip in which she was asked about her race.

The reporter asked her: “Are you African American?”

She replied: “I don’t understand the question.”

I think African Americans can appreciate people who work on behalf of the cause for people of color. And, Rachel Dolezal has apparently been a tireless worker. For her work, she should be congratulated. But, misleading people to think you’re one race when you’re not and potentially using that misrepresentation to further your career? Um, I’m not sure that sits well with me. There have been many whites who have been white and have been partners in the civil rights movement. But, something doesn’t sit well with me on this one.

On a lighter note, its Funny Friday and I created a video on this topic. I know so many of my readers are serious people, but I’ve learned to laugh. In this video, learn which four questions you must be able to answer to receive your “Authentic Black Person” certificate.

Here’s the video! I love ya’ll. Thanks for watching!

Peace & Love,

Yasmin

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