You would think that someone who had been outed as a fraud and a liar might have the sense to slink away and not draw any more attention to themselves. Not so Rachel Dolezal.
Rachel Dolezal – who was born white but spent years posing as a black civil rights leader – is back in the spotlight with a brand new memoir about her life as a “trans-racial” women.
In an interview Saturday with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Dolezal said: “I believe that race is a social construct.”
Feeling as though she has always been misunderstood after publicly coming out as African-American, Dolezal said, “If I would have had time to really, you know, discuss my identity, I probably would have described a more complex label, pan-African, pro-black, bisexual, mother, artist, activist, but I think the question, Are you African-American? — I haven’t identified as African-American.”
“I’ve identified as black. And black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and social view,” she said.
Pan-African, pro-black, bisexual, mother, artist, activist. She sounds like she’s escaped off of Tumblr. She just needs to add in something like genderfluid, autistic, pansexual, tortoisekin and she’ll be doing it right.
Asked if she believes there are parallels between herself and transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, Dolezal said, “I want to be careful because certainly every category of our identity is, you know, with its own unique circumstances and challenges.”
Every category of our identity. What’s important is having multiple categories. Here is a silly white woman. As a woman, she’s got only one discriminated against category. That’s not good enough. You can’t be a normal person anymore. Because normal people are privileged and today’s society is all about being a victim. Victims get all kinds of special treatment so is it any surprise that eventually people outside of Tumblr might also catch onto the idea that they can start adopting all kinds of disorders and disadvantaged identities in order to get attention and benefits?
There’s going to be a lot more people like her in the future. As the Internet Aristocrat once said, “Anything but normal because God help you if you’re normal.”