I get so freaking tired of this sort of nonsense
And, of course, this bit of pop-psychology comes from none other than The New Republic:
Ultimately, Rachel Dolezal’s story seems like a story about fear. It expresses the fear all white Americans have, or should have: fear of acknowledging our own cultural history as creators of trauma and inflictors of abuse; fear of acknowledging the guilt inherent in this narrative, and, even more staggeringly, taking on the task of alchemizing guilt into something useful. Dolezal’s story also expresses, in its most redemptive moments, the love and respect she truly seemed to have for African-American culture—and the weakness that allowed her to see it not as a culture she wanted to use her white privilege to advocate for, but as a shelter in which she could hide from herself.
This is gob-smackingly stupid and wrong-headed. My cultural history has nothing in it that has me cast as a creator or inflictor of trauma and abuse. So I don’t fear anything of the sort. And I certainly don’t accept anyone trying to invent a history that does. However, the history of my larger culture is fraught with it … but here’s a newsflash, so is the history of every other “culture” – many more than mine! I had nothing to do with that. The culture in which I abide today is one which, for the most part, cherishes truth and shuns a fraud, seeks peace and harmony and asks to be left alone to live their lives without government interference or the interference of SJWs. I am and always have been for equal opportunity for everyone. I treat all people as equals to me. So don’t try to heap on my head the abuses of the past. It is the practice of con-artists, like Al Sharpton – lay the old guilt trip which, once established, allows the con to leverage advantages for themselves. We’re smarter than that – no sale!
As for Dolezal, in simple words, she is a consummate fraud. A con. My culture doesn’t celebrate frauds or cons. It shuns and shames them. It also doesn’t try to explain away their criminality or immorality by trying to place the blame on others. It points at and criticizes the perpetrators of fraud!
Who are we allowed to become? Children growing up today are likely to believe they can be anyone they want to be, and parents and teachers have grown fond of the phrase “Whatever you are, be a good one.” The emerging narratives of transgender children dovetail perfectly with this philosophy, children whose parents do not force them into a lockstep performance of the gender they were assigned at birth have become visible members of society. Yet the increased presence of transgender issues in our national conversation has prompted some to wonder—with or without their tongue in cheek, or in check—whether this is merely a sign of the times, a side effect of the chaos of modern life. If you can be born male and “become” female, some argue, then can’t you become anything else you want? And if you can be transgender, then can’t the label “transracial” apply, just as legitimately, to someone like Rachel Dolezal?
Who are we allowed to “become”?! We can “become” anyone we want within reason when it comes to making something of ourselves.
That some have decided to “become” something other than they are in terms of gender or race may impress the fools and other wannabes in our society, but it doesn’t at all impress anyone who can reason and understands how reality works. You can “claim” to be a walrus, I imagine you can even “become” one with enough makeup, big tusks and a body suit.
But here’s a news flash – you’re not a freaking walrus. You are still a wannabe. The only difference between you and Dolezal is the level of fraud she perpetrated on others. She was malicious in her fraud, a walrus wannabe would just be a bit sad.
For the wannabe walrus, I’m sorry, I don’t “accept” your claim. Why? Science.
Same with Dolezal. While it isn’t at the level of Dolezel’s fraud, it is a fraudulent claim.
Call me intolerant if you wish … I really don’t care. In fact I embrace the term given the level of asininity it takes to “accept” this nonsense.
You are what you freaking are. Whether or not you’re mentally defective or unstable is an unknown. But that doesn’t change what you are – genetically, racially, sexually or physically.
If you have a problem with that, you need to get over it and quit trying to normalize your delusions.