The New TransNarrative

The world really is full-up with great stories- TRUTH is (when you can get ‘it’) much stranger than fiction, and certainly provides superb fodder for thought.


Let me think… (always dangerous)…


Ah yes, this week’s Case In Point: Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Washington NAACP administrator who has been masquerading as Black (she prefers this term; Black, not masquerading, so I’ll use both of them throughout).


Okay, so she identifies as Black. Check.


She has done good work for her local NAACP chapter. Check.


Historically the NAACP has had many White people work within their organization, so being White wouldn’t have been a deal-breaker in her job. Check.


And yet I’m still finding fault. (PC for judging)


It’s the lying thing, the deception, that get’s me.


And it was a doozy. A Big Fat Whopper of a Lie. A cataclysmic tsunami of racial ‘spin’.


Here are my specific objections:


1) She’s a feminist?

(Self-stated) and yet she felt she couldn’t do her ‘work’ without copious amounts of bronzer and hair extensions and an entirely fabricated history. She, regardless of her personal racial ‘identification’, felt she needed to look the part and have a plausible story.

If ‘feminism’ at it’s core is about establishing, achieving, and defining equal political, economic, cultural, and personal rights for women, then I think we (women) should at least begin/continue/succeed with our full ‘truth’.

She could have just showed-up, blonde and freckled, and said she felt Black, and had a conversation about how she was the right person for the job. But she didn’t.

I suspect she felt more whole, more authentic, with the costume, and that’s reasonable. But to make-up an entirely fictitious back story?

How does this forward establishing the trust that is needed to fulfill a meaningful Equality?


2) The back story.

Oh boy. As I understand it, she has some kind of custody of her youngest black step-brother and has been telling people that he’s her son, along with her own bi-racial son. I wonder how that’s made him feel? I remember, once, when my father asked me to masquerade as his girlfriend. It didn’t end well.


3) Racist Policies are bad, unless they help you.

If, we can all agree, that you can’t solve racism by creating racist polices (think: Admission Quotas) then how could she have squared her racial discrimination complaint against Howard University, when she was dissed for her art work not being Black enough (she was presenting as White still) and then develop a persona that assisted her in becoming a Black educator that specialized in Africana Studies, but chastised a student’s response for not being authentic because that student was not ethnic enough?


Wow, and Wow, and Wow some more.


Aside from the ethics, My BIG question is, did she receive any monies (scholarships, grants, etc.) that were awarded under false pretenses?


Who did THAT hurt? Who lost their chance?


I have NO problem with her identifying as Black. None. Trans-‘Identification’ is going around a lot lately…


I am, however, deeply disappointed, in any woman who wants to have a seat at the equality-policy-making table and isn’t entirely authentic.


Because, unless you’ve REALLY lived it…

it’s only a narrative.


And she’s quite a story teller.






  • Sue - I agree. I can’t get behind her at all. Plus that crazy story she made up about her father being black and the whole family needing to flee the south in the night or else the white police would get after them. She has some psychotic problems.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hadn’t heard those. I had heard about the living in S. Africa and being born in a teepee! Wow. Like anyone in a position of authority- I’m concerned about the people she may have hurt thru her deception along the way- like her students and her child. Life’s complicated enough and then this. Wow- again.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - I had to turn off the news, as everytime that begin interviewing/talking about this I see these flashing lights that say: BOOK DEAL! The lights are very blinding!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I had never thought about that. Of course….ReplyCancel

  • Joan Harrington - Interesting thought-provoking post 🙂 I guess I really need to think about this one lol I definately do not agree with her that she says she is black when she is clearly white….do not understand why someone would do thatReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - She certainly has issues. I just hope they haven’t hurt anyone else.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I finally figured out what I think about this. This is a woman with serious problems and that to me means it is not an important discussion at all–it is a woman with problems and TV news needs to stop covering her and let it go away. It is such a waste of air time. Of course, TV news today is a vast wasteland. But I can’t see her as anything but troubled and the news as anything but vultures out to use her.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - I’m with ya on the lying. She’s done good things and made an important difference in many ways. But, to me, that’s all negated by her continual lying and avoiding admitting she fudged her way into the position. The gal’s pants are on fire and she’s throwing gas on the flame. Liar, liar.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - ANd yet someone else suggested I threw gas on the fire. I think she’s done that all by herself.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - I think she is 50 shades of craycray! she is a thief both monetarily and spiritually. Not judging her, just being honest about how I feel about her. she is a family betrayer too which is at the top of her sin list! I’d love to hear about that girlfriend story too…sounds like a doozy lolReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - I was going to comment but I just don’t see the need to do so.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - She lied to take a black person’s place. Lies are hurtful, period. As for being a feminist, I am not, but I sure as hell fought for a man’s wage when I was working in the 1970’s and I got them. I had to “prove” myself first, but since I would go into areas to collect that men didn’t have the guts to go into, I did get that wage. There was a vast difference between $249.00 a month and $600.00. And no, I wasn’t the one that made coffee every morning.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I have very mixed feelings about this. If her parents hadn’t outed her, would anyone have thought she wasn’t doing a good job in her position? I’m not defending lying but I don’t think we can judge how anyone self-identifies. Not to be punny but I think this whole issue is very complicated and isn’t so black and white.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Hall Weight - I agree with Carol that she’s a very troubled person. I didn’t have as much of a problem with her saying she’s black as I did with her “staging” racial hate mail and actions against her family. That took away any credibility she might have had at what she was trying to do. Other than her lying, I don’t understand why she’s being called an imposter and getting all kinds of flack about identifying as black while Bruce Jenner is winning courage awards. Other than the fact that she wasn’t honest, how are she and Jenner so different? (I’ll go on the record as saying that I don’t agree with identifying as anything other than what you were born, though.)ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I’m still confused about the whole story, probably because I’m not giving it a whole lot of attention. I’m not sure if she’s mentally troubled or just a deceitful person!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Probably both. I’m sure she’ll be back in front of the camera- eventually. EeGads.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - She lied and she misled people and that’s it. I am tired of hearing about her, she has some serious problems she needs to work out.ReplyCancel

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