Rachel Dolezal & The Curious Case of Cultural Appropriation After culturally appropriating just about everything under the sun regarding black people from our ‘ethnic’ look to our attire to our clothing, someone has finally gone one step further and that is absolutely one step too far. Enter Rachel Dolezal. Exit cultural respect. Enter cultural cannibalism. As the story continues to develop and unravel, Rachel Dolezal and her story are flip-flopping more than any Bela Karolyi-caliber gymnast and she is not doing herself or anyone of color any favors. Who does she think she is(n’t)?! the tribe has NOT spoken… It must be nice to be able to hurdle both sides of the fence when it comes to race so and then conveniently resort to white privilege when the going gets rough. That’s what Rachel Dolezal has been doing. It must be nice to be able to be black when it’s trending and cutting edge, yet rebound on whiteness when the times get hard. That’s what Rachel Dolezal has been doing. With each interview, the Dolezal narrative gets murkier and murkier and since she cannot seem to get her story straight, let us help her get her mind right with this text. For those proclaiming that Dolezal has brought attention to black causes, please enlighten as to how she could not have done that as a white woman? Especially since – if Dolezal had bothered to do any homework on the very organization she claims to be helping – white people and people of ALL colors have been working with the organization since its inception. If she had worked there as a white woman instead of attempting to lead a double life, her successes may have been greater, heralded, and shepherded in a rejuvenation that the NAACP direly needs. Instead? The entire nation and now world is listening to a woman who claims to be black and is profiting from this as if being black is a fad that can be discarded at any moment. She is to be held accountable for her actions. When all has been said and done, broken down and dissected, this is fraud, a crime, and she should be punished accordingly. Related posts: Op/Ed: Why Black Body Parts Matter, But Not Black Lives Real Talk: ‘What If America Loved Black People As Much As Black Culture?’ Black America: The Talented Tenth Decimated ‘N*gga’, ‘Thug’ & The Deepening Madness of Descent TristonXADES MultimediaTriston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, ‘Heaux Confessionals’. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world’s most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide. Brace yourself. ======= ** support by www.neffmarksman.com ** Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.