Rachel Dolezal Special Declared “White Privilege”

DolezalTodayWe previously discussed the bizarre case of Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who claimed to be African-American yet turned out to be white.  She later insisted that she chose to be black.  Now she has a Netflix special (doesn’t everyone?).  In the final irony, the company giving Dolezal a special has been denounced as promoting “white privilege.”

Dolezal was once he head of the NAACP’s chapter in Spokane before pictures revealed that she was white. Indeed, she once sued Howard University over discriminating against her for being white — before she claimed she was black.

As we discussed with regard to the controversy over Elizabeth Warren‘s claim of being a Native American, the Dolezal case was the first national controversy over self-designations of race.

Schools are grappling with this issue.   Various schools like Brown University are allowing graduate school applicants to “self-identify” as persons of color. The change was made after objections from international and Asian American students that they are not treated as historically underrepresented racial groups.  States like Delaware are moving in the same direction.  The Census officials have reported a sharp increase in people changing their racial or ethnic identification.

People have denounced the special on Netflix in ironic terms:.  Lizz Anya objected “At the end of the day, #RachelDolezal was able to secure a Netflix special because of her white privilege.” wrote one Twitter user Thursday.

“The Rachel Divide” will premiere at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival beginning April 18 and will be available for streaming April 27.


74 thoughts on “Rachel Dolezal Special Declared “White Privilege”

  1. Close your eyes and listen to the excerpt. You can’t tell that’s a black kid speaking. The irony of Rachel Dolezal raising the whitest black kid in America is stunning!

  2. It used to be the rule that one was entitled to their own opinions, but not their own set of facts. Facts were objective., but I guess that’s no longer a factual statement, according to the SJW crowd.

    I am not a supporter of the hyphenated-American phenomenon of identifying race, because of several examples where it doesn’t make sense. For one, America is NOT the same as the United States; it properly refers to the whole Western hemisphere. It originally referred to Brazil! And what is the race of a white person from South Africa? An African-American? I’ve observed black athletes from other African nations being referred to as African-American Africans. On what planet does that make sense?

    I would also prefer that the Census stop with creating classifications of people. Their work should be limited to counting persons, and only counting them as persons. They should eliminate all questions about race or ethnicity from their classifications. And all other entities should follow suit, so that there are no classifications of people for the purposes of creating different classes based upon race or ethnicity. By continuing to allow for these classifications, it continues the perception that the United States is continuing a racist tradition. Not that I believe that about the United States, but I have to tolerate others that believe it.

    The less said about the “white privilege” charge, the better. That term is so silly as to be ridiculous.

  3. I think we should encourage all immigrant families should jump on the bandwagon–all Irish, Chinese. Irish, German, Slavic etc. should join the suit 🙂 Is this a great country or what? !!!!!! Yikes! :-0

    • Related notes:

      – how come NAACP can call black people “colored people”? I thought they were #Woke?

      – how come Democrats used the term “alien” in their DREAM Acti? I thought they too were #Woke” and hip to the idea that we are all immigrants and therefore there are no aliens.

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