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Friday, June 12, 2015

Dear White People: It's All In The Hair - Rachel Dolezal Ruse & why she tried to "Pass"

Spokane, Washington Local Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal
has been caught in a ruse, claiming to be African-American when her
parents provided proof she was born Caucasian.
It is not necessary for folks who are Caucasian to be anything other than they are, to have an affinity for our African-American community.

In other words, if you are by society's standards known as "White", be "White". One can still love African-American culture and submerge within it. A person can love, marry, have friends and very close relationships with again what our society says are "Black" people, without saying they are "Black".

Which is why the story of Rachel Dolezal is unique, complex and disgusting all at the same time. Rachel is Caucasian. Rachel's birth parents are Caucasian.

There are pictures that show Rachel as a teenage girl and woman appearing to anyone with the brainpower of a fifth grader, as a Caucasian woman.

Yet, for some strange, twisted and sick reason: Rachel wanted to be African-American when she was not at all.

From "Did NAACP president lie about her race? City investigates- June 11, 2015:
"SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane announced Thursday it's investigating whether the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP violated the city's code of ethics in her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission. 
Rachel Dolezal serves as chair of the independent commission, in addition to her work as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington University and president of the NAACP local chapter. 
On her application to serve on the commission, she identified herself as African-American. But public records, including Dolezal's own birth certificate, list her biological parents as Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal of Montana. The Dolezals told KXLY Thursday that Rachel is their biological daughter and that they are both white. 
"We are committed to independent citizen oversight and take very seriously the concerns raised regarding the chair of the independent citizen police ombudsman commission," Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart said it a joint statement Thursday. "We are gathering facts to determine if any city policies related to volunteer boards and commissions have been violated. That information will be reviewed by the City Council, which has oversight of city boards and commissions."
Rachel also said she was "threatened" as a "African-American" Woman and leader of her local chapter for the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People - known as the NAACP, with nooses, hate mail, death threats and the like.

Amazingly, despite Rachel's claims, the Spokane Police Department could never manage to substantiate any of it. In fact, a working theory was verified by the United State Postal Service (USPS) after Rachel claimed a hate letter arrived in her mailbox -- that for a letter to be delivered, it would have required a postal processing stamp.

The USPS said in just there was no way its postal carriers delivered the hate mail Rachel claimed to receive without the processing stamp. And it was highly likely Rachel or someone working on her behalf, placed the unprocessed mail piece in Dolezal's key entry mailbox themselves. 

Folks, if you don't know - mail tampering itself is a crime.

From "Questions raised about NAACP hate mail report" - June 10, 2015:

"SPOKANE, Wash. - A police report raises questions about reports of threatening hate mail sent to Spokane's NAACP president. Major Crimes detectives have concluded that the mail was never processed, despite showing up in the organization's post office box. 
Rachel Dolezal, president of Spokane's NAACP chapter, said she found an envelope containing threatening mail in the post office box on North Monroe in February. The 20 pages of notes included pictures and lynchings and words like "war pig." 
"I was immediately struck by guns pointed towards me," Dolezal told KXLY of the pictures in February. 
Spokane Police took possession of the envelope and dusted for fingerprints. Investigators then went back to the Rosewood post office where the NAACP gets its mail in a locked box. 
Postal workers told detectives the envelope had not been canceled, time stamped or imprinted with the bar code that directs mail to the right destination. According to the police report, the postal inspector told detectives, "The only way this letter could have ended up in this P.O. box would be if it was placed there by someone with a key to that box or a USPS employee." 
Police then interviewed the three postal employees who put mail in post office boxes and none of them remember seeing the envelope. They all said they've never seen mail end up in a box without the barcode. All three said, at the very least, they would have canceled the stamps. 
The detective wrote, "I have no reason to believe any of these employees were involved in putting the letters in this post office box."
Customers who rent post office boxes are given two keys; the locks are changed every time the box changes hands.
The police investigation continues. Detectives found no usable prints on the envelope or the materials inside. They submitted DNA, which belongs to a male, but does not match any DNA in regional criminal databases."
But, then there's the issue of Rachel's hair. Rachel wore what would be on any given Sunday, Monday or Tuesday straight, stringy blonde hair - according to her parents photographic evidence - in a variety of ethnic ways which are normal in the African-American community. With braids, tight curls and the like. 

In ways it is usually impossible for Women who are ethnically Caucasian to pull off effectively due to the traditional texture of their normally straight, stringy hair.

Let's go out on a limb here, shall we -- and Rest In Forever Peace to our Community Adopted Caucasian Sister-for-Life Teena Marie:

In this picture:

And this Photo:

Along with this "Glamour Selfie":

Rachel was wearing a WIG, period. There's no treatment available to Man or Woman that makes straight, stringy hair morph into very tight curls or a coaf. None.

Then there's this photo:

The braids. Bo Derek wore braids and Ms. Derek never claimed to be African-American.

However Rachel's case is very special. Why so?

Hair in the African-American community among Women in particular is a very complex cultural issue.

Normally, our hair (and I say Our since this is written by a African-American Woman) is very curly, in fact a coaf of tight curls at its natural state. Some Sisters are embarrassed and judged harshly for making any attempt to wear their natural hair. 

As a result, the African-American hair care, and in particular supplying weaves of a straight hair texture is a BILLION dollar industry.

The Sisters are trying to "fit into" society's standards. The standard is: If one has ethnically cultured all-natural hair, they will not be hired, accepted or worst, negatively judged.

Now, not all Sisters feel this way and the natural hair movement in the African-American community has experienced a resurgence of late.

From the Chicago Defender - "Black Mom Creates Beautiful Natural Hair Doll For Her Daughters To Raise Their Self-Esteem" - May 22, 2015:

"Frustrated by an inability to find a doll that highlighted her three daughters’ beautiful African-American features, Angelica Sweeting created one of her own. 
Sweeting, 27, of Miami, Florida, created the Angelica Doll after realizing that her oldest daughter Sophia was unhappy with her kinks and curls because of the straight-haired White dolls she played with every day, she said on a Kickstarter page started nearly a month ago to raise money to develop a line of Naturally Perfect Dolls. 
“Sophia wanted long straight hair, and she even started expressing a strong dislike for her facial features and skin tone,” Sweeting says. “With the help of my daughters, we created ‘The Angelica Doll’ — the first natural hair 18-inch doll for young girls.”
And many web sites provide support, encouragement and tips for Sisters to be proud of -- along with manage-- their natural coafs.

Which is what makes Rachel's decision to lie about her "Blackness" even more insulting. Rachel intentionally adopted the African-American hair styles culture, not because she desired to wear her style in a different way - but directly as a muse to pull off her "act" of "being Black".

Rachel advanced as a Professor in African-American studies on the Academia level due to the ruse of her race being "Black".

It is likely Rachel became a local head of the NAACP because she claimed to be "Black".

Yet, Rachel is not African-American. Not partially or at all.

Rachel's parents are Culturally Caucasian. Rachel likely as most individuals engaging in a DNA ancestry trace have some slight African-American genes in her genetic makeup. But, Rachel's claims to be African-American fall on the line of disingenuous at best and vilifying at worst.

There is no such thing as "Transracial". One can be mixed with a variety of cultures: African-American, Caucasian, Indian, Asian and more but claiming to be something other than one is BY BIRTH -- makes Rachel's lies offensive to many in our cultural community.

Being African-American, I cannot pick and choose when to conveniently "take off or put on the deep brown melanin" in my skin and pass as Caucasian.

Although I can straighten my hair, it can never naturally be straight and stringy as most Caucasians without plenty of weave.

Surgeries can alter the cultural features of most African-American faces: Our Nose or Lips - but not our DNA.

Many mixed race children as adults are forced, wrongly, by our society to "choose one" when they are who they are.

In the end, the skin one is born in IS WHO THEY ARE.

But Rachel is Caucasian and all of the above did not apply to her. She made a conscious choice to lie for her self-perceived gains -- and to deny another opportunities based solely on Rachel's lies.

And THAT is the PROBLEM!

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