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Dolezal Reveals Absurdity of Entitlement Mentality

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:14 AM Current | Bio | Archive

What’s black and white and red all over? An embarrassed Rachel Dolezal. Or at least she should be.

But the former president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, who resigned under fire after it was revealed that she is white, isn’t blushing at all. Despite duping so many by being a racial chameleon, leaving supporters feeling betrayed, Dolezal stated that she would have done nothing differently.

This is giving the Bruce/Caitlin Jenner saga a run for its money as the year’s best “you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up” story. Consider:

1) When asked if she was black, Dolezal replied, “That question is not as easy as it seems. There’s a lot of complexities . . . and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.”

Sure, Rachel. Yep. There are just so many complexities in answering such a simplistic question. Thanks for the patronizing non-answer, but let’s cut the psycho-babble. You are white. Period. There are no subtleties here, nor should there be.

If the NAACP wouldn’t have hired you because of your skin color, then shame on them. But playing coy with something so obvious makes you look like a lunatic, destroying whatever credibility you have left.

2) Had she not resigned, Dolezal should have been fired, but not because she is white. There is no reason a non-black could not perform well in that capacity. The reason she deserved termination is simple: She lied, destroying her integrity and damaging the reputation of the organization. Deliberately misleading people is unacceptable, and keeping her would have set a terrible example.

3) Dolezal’s parents are puzzled as to why she would misrepresent her race. Rachel responded by saying that she doesn't understand why her parents "are in a rush to whitewash some of (my) work."

If that pun was intended, good one! But one has nothing to do with the other. The parents aren’t whitewashing anything, but questioning why she would lie about her racial heritage.

4) Following the theme of Jenner’s “transgender” soap opera, the term “transracial” has quickly become the newest politically correct buzzterm because Dolezal said, “I identify as black.” But what does that mean?

You’re white, but because you have an affinity for black culture, it’s acceptable to represent yourself as black? If you love Hawaii, and call yourself a native Hawaiian, then that must mean you get all the special privileges afforded to those folks. And while you’re at it, throw in being an American Samoan, because that’ll really help getting the kids into college. And of course, being formerly white-but-now-transracial will make getting minority-only loans infinitely easier, as well as landing a job where minority-hiring quotas are in effect.

America’s entitlement mentality is out of control, but thinking you’re “entitled” to being another race, ethnicity, or gender just because you feel like it takes the cake.

5) Dolezal attended Howard University, a historically all-black college. Did she represent herself as black to gain admission? And did she do the same to obtain government loans, aid, or any type of benefits? If so, losing her job will be the least of her worries, as fraudulently representing your ethnicity for financial gain isn’t just unethical, but illegal.

6) The NAACP is way behind the times, as the “C” stands for “colored” people, a term long since considered offensive to blacks. Perhaps the organization should change the name to NAAAP — the National Association for the Advancement of All People.

Advocating special treatment for some, not all, smacks of discrimination, especially reverse discrimination, and has a counterproductive effect. When other races feel alienated, the racial gap widens, detrimentally affecting everyone, including, and sometimes especially, blacks.

We must start viewing ourselves as Americans. Not Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American, or white. Just Americans, with equal opportunity for all, and special treatment for none.

But unfortunately, selective discrimination has been deemed acceptable, even trendy. Far from creating racial accord, as its advocates naively believe, it has created a flashpoint in the powder keg of America’s race relations. And once any race feels that it is not afforded equal rights, tensions flare, often uncontrollably.

Trumpeting color is demeaning to the people it’s designed to help. Instead of uniting, it divides. Instead of equality, it promotes the notion of special privilege based on color, robbing people of dignity and respect.

Sadly, we are coming full circle: separate and unequal; separate but equal; equal; and now separate again. That’s not why so many, both black and white, sacrificed so much in the fight for civil rights.

Strong leaders of all races need to unite and demand colorblindness. So let’s whitewash the controversy about Dolezal’s race and focus on building a nation where people are not judged by their skin, but, as a famous man said, by the content of their character.

No principle could be more black and white.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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What’s black and white and red all over? An embarrassed Rachel Dolezal. Or at least she should be. But the former president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, who resigned under fire after it was revealed that she is white, isn’t blushing at all.
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:14 AM
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