Identity politics is a prized possession in the Left’s arsenal until someone uses certain identities in a way in which the Left disapproves. They initially shout: “Be who you believe you are, and present yourself in the way you want!” Only, they’re lying. They don’t mean be free to be your (chosen) self. They really mean be free to be your (chosen) self only if it’s what they allow at that moment and in line with the narrative they wish to promote. This is why the situation involving Spokane, Washington NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is making the Left so defensive. It shows the hypocrisy of their convenient tolerance.
Many of us immediately noticed the outrage at Rachel’s “blackness” from those who praised Bruce Caitlyn Jenner’s surgical and supplemental transformation. We clearly see if someone is praised (and soon to be ESPY awarded) for being transgender, then why can’t the same be done for someone who is transracial? If identity is determined by an individual, then questioning that individual’s choice should never enter into the picture, right? I mean, those are their rules. Of course, I believe the trans community seeks to address mental and emotional issues incorrectly. Instead of addressing internal issues internally, they conclude that addressing said issues superficially leads to true freedom. The exact opposite is true. Surgical/cosmetic addition and subtraction is a mask, never a solution.
But don’t worry, the Left is disgusted by the idea that we compare Jenner and Dolezal. Didn’t you know it is completely different? Or something? As some have concluded:
Rachel Dolezal didn’t “choose her race,” she committed fraud by lying about her background. She can choose to adopt whatever culture she wishes, but that’s not what happened here. She lied about her background, not just to the public but apparently also on job applications. That’s fraud. The people who are trying to use this case to draw analogies to, or mostly just to make stupid, snarly comments about, the issues raised last week by the Caitlyn Jenner story, are just being obnoxious jerks.
Well, consider me an obnoxious jerk. It doesn’t matter if she hid (rather poorly) her natural identity for years. Bruce Caitlyn Jenner hid his desire for female identity for years. Both cases are fraudulent. But put aside my offensive opinion, what does Rachel Dolezal say about herself? Just this rather inconvenient admission:
“Yes, I do consider myself to be black and that’s because … you know, that’s how I identify,” she told the station.
Hmm. It isn’t that she was caught acting “black” and said “Oh wait, I am white. I admit it.” No, she identifies as black, and in today’s identity-obsessed world, that is good enough.
People are uncomfortable with Rachel Dolezal in a way they are not with Bruce Caitlyn Jenner. Plastic surgery is superficially much less than morphing into another race entirely with a completely new culture. And because it appears to be less – and more natural to some – people breathe a sigh of relief. “Ok. I can handle a switch of gender identity. That’s not so bad.” People force themselves into acceptance because the alternative, calling the one with the changing identity out, is too vocal, too honest, and will be met with disgust at their supposed phobia.
It’s painfully obvious to many that those who lean transgender or transracial are fooling themselves. It’s also painfully obvious that those who support someone’s new trans-identity aren’t doing so because they care about that person’s health. They are doing it to appear tolerant, open-minded, and in line with societal fads. Bruce Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal are not much different. Both struggle with identity issues, but one is praised and another is mocked. The convenience of shifting tolerance may make the Left feel better when discussing these two, but it’s apparent that what the Left struggles with most is the inconvenient reality of absolute truth.