In what I thought was an interesting twist, some woman who posed as a Black woman for several years became the head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, and then resigned when it was recently found out that she was NOT Black. For those of you who don’t know the story, here is the link above:
Rachel Dolezal posed as a Black civil rights leader for the past decade. She is married to a Black Man and identifies herself to the Black race. The NAACP is a civil rights organization that looks into special ethical violations that usually happen involving minorities. In “most” cases, the heads of NAACP branches are usually “Black.” Is it “mandatory” that ALL leaders be of “Black ethnicity?” I honestly don’t know the answer to this one, but if it “is indeed mandatory” then to me that would mean that the organization itself is engaging in the same type of racial practice that they often protest against. Maybe I’m wrong in this, but if this lady performed her duties well as the head of the organization, then should there be “any” problem with her racial identity? I just don’t think you have to be Black to fight for Black causes. Now, if the problem is the fact that she “lied” about her race to get the job, then she should have been honest up front about it (That much is true). “Dolezal has resigned as president of the local branch of the NAACP, lost her position as a part-time African studies instructor at a local university, lost her job as a freelance newspaper columnist and become the subject of a probe by the city Ethics Commission.” The NAACP itself seems divided. If the purpose of the NAACP is to fight racism and to champion equal human rights then should this woman’s race “really matter?” She couldn’t help being White any more than the others couldn’t help being Black. Racism is ugly from just about “any” standpoint, and while this woman may not have been exactly what she claimed to be, she still fought for those who were victims of racism. To me, that is “more than good enough.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Dionne Warwick and Brett Jolly