How Come Black Folks Won’t Let Rachel Dolezal Be “Black”?

Well, Rachel Dolezal is back in the news still fighting for her right to declare her “blackness”.  And like usual, the Knee Grow Delegation isn’t having it.  What I fail to understand is why exactly?  What exactly is black society’s problem with allowing Rachel Dolezal to identify as black?  I mean seriously, how is her “blackness” affecting yours?  Truth of the matter is…it’s not.

I wrote about Rachel Dolezal before where I stated that I don’t have a problem with her.  From what I can tell, her “blackness” hasn’t hindered or harmed any other black person, so for that, I didn’t see what the big deal was with her declaring that she identifies as black.  I know people have been saying since she was first exposed that she was going to eventually cash in her “I wanna be white again” coupons so she can get on with her life, but here we are 2 years later & I don’t see any signs of her slowing down with riding this “black” thing out.  She’s sacrificed her personal life & professional career all so that she can say she identifies with the knee grows, the most disenfranchised group in America…now either she’s bat shit crazy or she’s REALLY identifies with black culture to the tune of publicly denouncing the benefits associated with being a white person.  At this point, I’m leaning towards she truly identifies with black culture.

Speaking of “identifying with black culture”, you know who else identifies with black culture but isn’t actually “black”?  Me.  πŸ˜³  How sway?

For those of you who don’t know, I am a mulatto.  For those of you who don’t know what the word mulatto means, that means I am a person who is half black & half white.  Some of you are reading this thinking to yourself, “Well mixed people are black!”  To that I say, “Says, who?  Black people?”  Let me explain something to you knee grows out there about us mixed people, especially us mulatto people since I just happen to be one.  YES, historically all mulatto people have been viewed as black but not because we woke one day to look in the mirror and saw a black-black person like the mother who birthed us or the father who donated the genetic material to give us life.  We “saw” a black person because we were TOLD to see a black person on account for how our black parent or black family felt that white society would treat/view us.  Those of us raised around black people (like me) have probably been told at one point in their early life that “no matter how light you are or the fact that you are mixed, society will always see you as black”.  And for the most part, we accepted it because, hey, what the fuck did we know about life as little kids.  For those of us raised around white people, a lot of them were rarely told that they were simply “black”.  Most of them were told that they were just biracial or mixed.  Sure you’ll have a few onsie & twosies white folks raising a mixed child here & there that will say their kid is black, but that’s probably not the case for the majority…and I base this purely off of the numerous mulatto people I have spoken to over the years that were raised by white people.  I’m willing to bet that Colin Kaepernick’s adoptive white parents didn’t even refer to him as black prior to his “infamy”.

My point in bringing all this up is to say this, black people have a very funny way of deciding who gets to say they are black and who doesn’t.  Sure, most of you will say, “Well Rachel Dolezal can’t say she’s black because she doesn’t have any black in her!”  Then you’ll say, “You are black simply because you are half black!”  You know what the problem with this supposed logic is?  The problem is knee grows thinking that they get to decide who gets to identify as black versus those who don’t.  I’m not fully black, but I simply IDENTIFY as black because I was raised around black people and grew up in black culture.  Tomorrow if I wanted, I could toss all that shit out the window and go on to live my life simply by identifying as biracial because at the end of the day, all of the shit that non-mixed black people complain about when it comes to issues pertaining to systemic racism & white supremacy, I’ve never really dealt with that shit on a personal level.  I’ve never had issues with the cops, I’ve rarely been called a nigger (as in maybe 3 or 4 times my whole life… & I’m in my late 30s and have lived the majority of my life in the South).  I’ve rarely ever dealt with some type of racist shit that I was fully aware of taking place.  For the most part, I’ve never had any real issues with white people period.  So, my reality as a “black” person has not been identical to that of a non-mixed black person to where I personally can 100% relate.  “Well, why do you talk about racism & white supremacy so much on your website?!”  Simple.  I grew up around black people.  I was immersed in black culture/society to the point where I’ve seen bullshit happen to black people that never happened me.  I’ve seen how people reacted to me versus my black family member or friend.  I know how to empathize.  Truth be told, most white people don’t even assume I’m black upon meeting me.  Most think I’m Hispanic…yes I know, Hispanic is not a race.  Point is, in most instances it is me who has to tell white people I identify as black & usually they follow up by saying, “oooooooo, ok”, as if they are genuinely surprised that I would do such a thing.

So what does this have to do with Rachel Dolezal?

Here’s the thing.  I read an article a few days ago titled “Rachel Dolezal:  ‘I don’t identify as African-American, I identify as black'”.  I think the distinction between African-American and black is important simply because the label African-American specifically speaks to a person of African descent whereas the label black merely refers to a cultural upbringing (which means raised in black culture).  Truth be told, black is a color that a whole bunch of African-Americans do not actually resemble.  A lot of you knee grows are brown for the most part…yet I don’t hear you running around calling yourself “brown”.  You claim black due to cultural upbringing…which is fine.  I’m definitely not here to tell you that you aren’t black.  But as far as Rachel Dolezal goes, even she knows that she is not African-American BUT somehow in here life she came to IDENTIFY with BLACK CULTURE to the point where she doesn’t even want to be labeled as white anymore.  Think about that.  Have you ever met a white person who apparently is so disgusted by white culture that they purposely chose to dedicate their life to identifying as black?  So much so, that she is willing to be punished by white society AND black society AND still chooses to roll with identifying as black?  Shit is crazy right?  Shit is so crazy that Rachel Dolezal wants to be black more than a lot of black people want to be black, maybe that’s why black people can’t stand her.  Well, I for one don’t see the problem.  Unless somebody can specifically identify how her “blackness” has harmed or hindered a black person, then I really do not see what all the complaining is about.  Your life as a black person will keep on chugging along dealing with all the shit black people have to deal with.  Let Rachel be black, it’s not like she’s about to gain anything.

The tragic mulatto has spoken.

Your favorite mulatto who isn’t interested in your feels.

  • ronnieb1958

    point…set…match.

  • ThaGoddess9

    She can be an ally, but to Put On the mantle doesn’t fly. Her understanding of things makes her sympathetic, but it cannot be empathy. That can only be so as the parent of black children or the spouse of a black person. Not as a “black woman”

    And just because one hasn’t dealt with the full brunt of societal bias, and worse, because of being “full” black doesn’t mean one is able to cross over, no matter what appearance the mixed lottery produced.

    I myself refuse to let others dub me “less black” because of my lineage, or appearance. (Or because of my nerd & geek cred. Which is an whole other set of madness experienced by black folks in general)

    • Why do monoracial black people always assume a biracial person is trying to “cross over” when a biracial says he/she hasn’t felt the full brunt of racism to the level of a monoracial black person?

      • ThaGoddess9

        Pretty sure that my last paragraph made it clear I am biracial. But context may not be everyone’s forte.

        Wasn’t accusing of wanting to cross over. Wasn’t my intention. My context failed there. My bad.

        Biracial can’t ever be a category separate from black, imo. Black mixed with whatever will always still be a part of the black experience.

        • No, your last paragraph simply said:

          “I myself refuse to let others dub me “less black” because of my lineage, or appearance. (Or because of my nerd & geek cred. Which is an whole other set of madness experienced by black folks in general)”

          That can mean anything ranging from being biracial to dressing like Carlton Banks & being considered “less black”. So try again or better yet…don’t beat around the bush & just say you’re Biracial. It makes life easier so we don’t have to waste time trying to decipher what you meant.

          As far as you Biracial can’t be separate from black, I’m somewhat agree. Not all biracials experience the “black experience” the same way. There are plenty who grow up around whites who identify strictly as mixed & not black & probably can’t relate to the “black experience” at all.

          Biracials, especially us mulattoes shouldn’t feel obligated to identifying strictly as black b/c black society has historically told us identify as such.

          Put it this way: I’m 37. Damn near every white person I’ve ever encountered in my life has never outright just told me that I’m just black. It’s always: are you Latino or what are you mixed with? That’s the majority of my life coming from whites. I grew up with blacks & lived in the south most of my life, but the only ones trying to force blackness upon my were blacks; for better or for worse. Then there are monoracial black who reject mixed people as black altogether.

          Anyways, I’ve written about this quite frequently on this site. Just click on my name at the top & it’ll pull a list of everything I’ve listed under my name. There you can see my thoughts about how I feel about us biracials.

          • ThaGoddess9

            Will do. Thanks for the discussion!

  • BlueWarrior

    As a black man myself, I have only one thing to say about this: she can never be black. We black folks have been enslaved by her kind. We want nothing to do with y’all. She appropriated our culture and tried to mix with our race, she is 100% wrong. We black folks will never allow whites to try to destroy us again, Race mixing and cultural appropriation must be stopped at all costs.

  • lowflyer

    If a man can “identify as” a woman, who’s to say a white woman can’t “identify as” black? Or a butterfly? Or a wolf? Oh, right….never mind that.

    If transgender is a thing, I think we should be able to accept “transracial” as well.

    For some reason, Michael Jackson comes to mind. Transgender and transracial. Truly a pioneer.

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