Rachel Dolezal, the now-former president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter, recently resigned her post after it was discovered that she was a white person pretending to be black. She apparently darkened her skin and changed the texture of hair to try to make people think she was black. Her cover was blown by her parents, who went to the media and exposed her as being white. When confronted, she finally admitted that she is biologically white, although she has long “identified” as African-American. She still insists that she is really a black person.
Her actions have sparked outrage from both whites and blacks, and from both conservatives and liberals. However, liberals who are now attacking her are being bit hypocritical. Weren’t they all in the corner of Bruce Jenner, who claims he is now a woman, and has changed his name to Caitlyn? Didn’t they all support his decision to begin identifying as a woman? Didn’t they denounce his critics as bigots? Okay then, if a male can identify as a female and a female can identify as a male, what’s wrong with a white person identifying as a black person or vice versa? Tavis Smiley chararacterized the notion of Dolezal being "transracial" as farcical. But it's no more farcical than the notion of someone being transgender.
Keep in mind that a person’s race is not always evident or easy to establish, while one’s gender is clearly observable. So why the left-wing hypocrisy here? Why can’t they live and let live when it comes to Ms. Dolezal? What's the point of ridiculing her? Why can’t they just wish her well and let her be happy in her blackness? What’s up with their new-found bigotry? Why are they trying to have it both ways? Or could it be that they have opened their eyes to the Pandora’s Box that they have opened and don’t like what they see? What’s next – humans identifying a dogs, goats, or chickens?