Rachel Dolezal and the New Transracial

whitebitchblackface7 things Rachel Dolezal should always remind you of

  1. Deep affection for, familiarity or “identification” with black (popular) culture does not mean you understand everything about racism and white supremacy. Or that you love black people.
  2. Deep desire, romance, or sexual feelings for black people does not mean you understand everything about racism and white supremacy. Or that you love black people.
  3. Giving birth to and/or raising black children does not mean you understand everything about racism and white supremacy. Or that you love black people.
  4. Understanding and using black colloquialisms and AAVE does not mean you understand everything about racism and white supremacy. Or that you love black people.
  5. Participating in black spaces does not mean you understand everything about racism and white supremacy. Or that you love black people.
  6. Being raised in black spaces does not mean you understand everything about racism and white supremacy. Or that you love black people.
  7. Education (from an elective to a MFA) in African Black Diaspora, Multicultural, Ethnic, Philosophy, Sociology, Geography, Psychology or any other theoretical studies does not mean you understand everything about racism and white supremacy. Or that you love black people.

1 thing to add to the list of White Privileges

  1. Calling black face “transracial”

3 things you should rethink beyond just “cosmetic practices” or “aesthetic choices”

  1. Lip injections
  2. Butt implants
  3. Tanning

1 historical name that can contextualize just about the entire issue of the simultaneous desire and disgust, and ultimately appropriation of black female bodies by nonblack female bodies

  1. Sarah Baartman

 

Anti-blackness is embedded in most every facet of modern life, so much so that’s it’s pretty easy to ignore. Even when black people around the world die every day in plain daylight. Even when people who speak up about racism and political consciousness are shot down (Dr. MLK jr.), imprisoned (Paulo Freire), or labeled a terrorist (Assata Shakur).

These are all issues that can be discussed with Rachel Dolezal and her transracial bullshit as examples, not the main point of discussion.

 

3 reasons why Rachel Dolezal should not be the main point of discussion

  1. Many other nonblack people are responsible for the appropriation of black cultures and bodies; many of them people we know and love in the mainstream.
  2. Rachel Dolezal doesn’t deserve to make (anymore) coins off of her story in book deals, talk show interviews, Lifetime movies or any other media productions.
  3. The time we spend talking about what’s-her-black-face can be spent doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom, reading a book, or actually listening to real black women and what they have to say about their experiences.

 

And remember to always exceed your love for the excitement and scandal of black popular cultural with your love for actual black people!

This is,

MAB

(an actual black woman :D)

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