Letter: Media consistency needed
Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal is catching a lot of heat for saying she identifies as a black woman. Yes, she did mislead a lot of people in saying she’s black when indeed she is white. However, I’ve yet to come across a reasonable argument that explains why being transracial is abhorrent and malicious yet being transgendered is who you “truly are” and should be celebrated.
The most common argument seems to be that a white person masquerading as a black person (or “identifying” as one) cannot do so because whites don’t understand the equal weight of generations of discrimination that blacks can; that it’s an insult to try. That’s like a feminist saying a transgendered woman cannot be a feminist as well because when she was a man, that man couldn’t relate to the women’s suffrage movement because he once had different lower body appendages.
The same logic for every argument that could be made why being transracial is ridiculous could also be made about transgendered people. Isn’t changing one aspect of appearance just as arbitrary as the next, whether it be reproductive organs or skin color?
So why is Dolezal – who has put in many years of civil rights work to help advance a people’s standing in society – a villian, and Caitlyn Jenner – a member of the most infamous clan of attention whores and a perpetual offender of reality TV clamoring – a brave, national treasure?
Let’s get some consistency in the media and elsewhere on how we receive people who identify as something other than what they were born as or what they may appear to be. Bruce Jenner is a man and Rachel Dolezal is white, or Caitlyn Jenner is a woman and Dolezal is free to live as a black woman.
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