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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dolezal, Part III

It just keeps getting better.

Commenter Steven just pointed out that Rachel Dolezal had advocated a boycott of Exodus because it cast white actors as Africans.

Evidently she felt it was just not right for white people to pose as black.

Yesterday, Dolezal was interviewed by Matt Lauer about her long masquerade. What I took away from that was how Dolezal seemed to be completely without embarrassment or shame. Lauer asked her some fairly pointed questions, and she answered in a matter of fact tone, with a lot of obfuscatory language.

When asked if she were African-American, Dolezal replied, "I identify as black…..I did feel that at some point I would need to address the complexity of my identity….."

(Wrong: she is white, period.)

When asked about Albert Wilkerson, the black man Dolezal passed off as her father, she replied, "He actually approached me in north Idaho. And you know, where, we just connected on a very intimate level as family. Albert Wilkerson is my dad. Any man can be a father, not every man can be a dad.”

(Wrong: Wilkerson is not her biological father, nor did he raise her. He is not her father, period.)

When asked about the critics who said she was merely in blackface, Dolezal replied, “I have a huge issue with blackface. This is not some freak ‘Birth of a Nation’ mockery blackface. This is on a very real, connected level — how I’ve actually had to go there with the experience, not just a visible representation.”

Listen to that misleading language: she had to go there (i.e., become black). Evidently it was forced upon her, and she had no choice.

When Lauer showed Dolezal a picture of herself as a blonde, light-skinned young girl and asked if that was a Caucasian or African-American girl, she replied, "“I would say, visibly, she would be identified as white by people who see her.”

The correct answer, of course, would have been, "Caucasian." But Dolezal larded her answer with so many meaningless qualifiers that she made it sound as if there were extenuating circumstances involved. First, "I would say," as if this were only one person's opinion. Second, "visibly," as if Lauer might have been asking in any other sense. Third, "would be identified," to emphasize the theoretical nature of the discussion and to allow for another layer of possible mistakes, since, as we all know, misidentifications occur all the time. And fourth, "by people who see her," as if it's necessary to clarify that she is not referring to people who don't see her.

This is how sociopaths talk. Even when caught red-handed, they explain away their lies with more lies, and they couch their answers with a lot of flowery language that you have to wade through to get to their real meaning.

And, they never feel embarrassment or shame.

The whole thing was reminiscent of Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah after he was found out; he, too, didn't betray even a glimmer of embarrassment or shame.

Nor surprising in either case: sociopaths are incapable of feeling either emotion.


Anonymous said...

She speaks Word Salad.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Never heard the expression before, but that sounds about right.

Steven said...

wow she can talk about a connected level but the fact is she doesn't have to face ANY of the issues that black people face. Although it does raise an interesting comparison to gender identity.

One thing I'd add about the exodus business is that while her complaint is no doubt hypocritical (she complained that they cast white people instead of Africans when she is a white person imitating an African) there is something that is not quite right with the cause even if taken up by a real black person.

In reality Egyptians are genetically closer to Europeans than SS Africans (one study said 14% SSA admixture). White actors would actually be more appropriate than black ones and more able to be made to look like them. Although its also true that middle eastern actors would be the ideal ones.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if this woman doesn't end up writing a book about herself (as a way to make money), describing her transformation into that of a "black woman," her true identity. Nowadays, if we want something badly enough, I suppose we can become whatever we want ourselves to be.

- birdie

John Craig said...

Steven --
Agreed. People of sub-Saharan African descent often say it was their ancestors who built the Pyramids etc. but in fact the people in charge of the construction, at least, were basically Semitic.

John Craig said...

Birdie --
If she writes a book, I won't be buying it.

Quartermain said...

A couple more wrinkles plus a comment:

Nothing About Being White Describes Who I Am’

Sharpton wants a copy

Pastor Manning says the NAACP deserves her and agrees that Sharpton should marry her.

John Craig said...

Alan --
Thank you. The thing about a pathological liar is, they lie all the time. And you just can't believe a word they say. And at the very least, they'll spin and obfuscate. I don't think I've ever heard a single quote from Dolezal which was strictly honest.

I read the first two, for some reason my Youtube isn't working right now, but Pastor Manning is right.

High Arka said...

Be serious, guys. It wouldn't be progressive at all if Dolezal married Sharpton. Instead, what should happen is Dolezal, Sharpton, and Chelsea Manning all get legally married to each other. By Antonin Scalia. Immediately after he delivers a speech lauding Congress' recent passage of a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as "a union of any number and kind of things."

Anonymous said...

Rachel Dolezal has claimed that there's no proof that her white parents are her bio parents. According to this woman, she started to feel black around age 5. Everything she say's is b.s. She is a walking, talking LIE. There doesn't seem to be any truth in her. I wouldn't hire her for a job because she's not playing with a full deck.

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --
"Not playing with a full deck" usually implies insanity. I don't think Dolezal is insane, merely a liar. I don't think she fully believes her own lies.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I really think that sociopaths are a bit insane. They don't have a healthy, functioning brain (this is my opinion). Finally, Rachel's bio brother is experiencing some legal troubles of his own, having to do with abusing a minor. The family saga continues... If I were her parents, I would be embarrassed by everything that is in the media right now (regarding their family).

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --
We're probably just arguing over the definition of the word "insane."

If her brother is in trouble now too, it looks more as if the parents themselves were at fault, that they created the dysfunctional environment that spawned these two in the first place.

GT said...

Looks like she is going to ride the story all the way to the bottom.

John Craig said...

GT --
Somehow, I don't find myself feeling a lot of sympathy for her.