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Lately, whenever I turn on the television I see her face,
yes, her. Rachel “What race am I today” Dolezal. The woman claims she identified as black when she was five years old and colored her self portraits with the “brown crayon instead of the peach crayon.” However she quickly changed her mind and identified as white when she tried to sue the HBCU Howard University for discriminating against her because she was a white woman. The suit was dismissed and she was forced to pay the court costs for the school. Seems she is black when it will serve her financially , and white, when she needs the protection of white privilege… She may have a seat. I did not even want to dignify her by giving her any attention, however the time had come. Rachel apparently has done a LOT of good work with the NAACP for about a decade in her state. Too bad civil rights work has to do a lot with your integrity. She has put that under suspicion. Understand that the issue I take with her, is NOT that she is white. The NAACP had white allies funding it and helping it from the beginning!. Rachel could have done all the work she did as a white ally. Indeed, as a white woman, Rachel has the ability to enter white only spaces that I and other activists of color cannot, and speak directly to those I cannot reach (perhaps even a Dylann Roof) about white privilege and white supremacy and how they both hurt us all. THAT would have been a powerful way to use her white privilege to HELP the cause of anti racism. Instead she uses her privilege as a white woman to put on a minstrel show, darken up her face, put a weave in and perform blackness when it suits her for financial gain. I am also upset that she is using a black man to defend her in this farce. The black man she calls her “father” Albert Wilkerson has now been drug into this mess by Dolezal:
She is making the talk show rounds now as I type this. I am sure there will be an extremely lucrative book deal, and most likely a movie made from this mess. Minstrelsy has always been a cash cow for white folk….
Now onto the names:
Clementa Pinckney, 41, the primary pastor who also served as a state senator.
Cynthia Hurd, 54, St. Andrews regional branch manager for the Charleston County Public Library system.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a church pastor, speech therapist and coach of the girls’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School.
Tywanza Sanders, 26, who had a degree in business administration from Allen University, where Pinckney also attended.
Ethel Lance, 70, a retired Gailliard Center employee who has worked recently as a church janitor.
Susie Jackson, 87, Lance’s cousin who was a longtime church member.
DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, a retired director of the local Community Development Block Grant Program who joined the church in March as a pastor.
Myra Thompson, 59, a pastor at the church.
Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, a pastor, who died in a hospital operating room.
who (according to a witness) said “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go,” before he opened fire on the bible study group. Reportedly he had been in the church an hour before he killed everyone…
Two extremes of white supremacy and white privilege at work. Only a white woman has the power to jump in and out of blackness, and only this white child would have been welcomed into that black church with open arms only to shoot up the place. The black church members, wishing to build bridges and love this white boy with the love of God, got murdered for their trouble.
God help us. I just know I am fucking tired of writing about black people being murdered by,
white women with spray tans, and angry young white men scared of competing with the world.
Make it stop. My race is not a costume, and black life matters.