“She’s not alone,” Michael added, explaining that she experienced her own“Rachel Dolezal phase.”
“There was a time in my 20s when everything I learned about the history of racism made me hate myself, my Whiteness, my ancestors… and my descendants,” she wrote. “I remember deciding that I couldn’t have biological children because I didn’t want to propagate my privilege biologically.”
She “lived with a Black family,” wore head wraps and shaved her head while studying abroad in South Africa to “take on Africanness,” as Dolezal has. She says she swore off White authors and ”learned from “Black authors” that “the job of White people lies with teaching other White people, seeing ourselves clearly, owning our role in oppression.”
Michael hated her own “Whiteness,” but admitted she “disliked the Whiteness of other White people more.”
“I felt like the way to really end racism was to feel guilty for it, and to make other White people feel guilty for it too,” she stressed.
Granted, Michael comes to a more sober conclusion: ““But we cannot not be White. And we cannot undo what Whiteness has done. We can only start from where we are and who we are.” I also get SOME of her point, that like perhaps Germans who have to deal with the sins of their forefathers, so too, do white people when it comes to matters such as slavery, but snap out of it, people, and get with reality:
1) Who you decide to self-identify with is a CHOICE.
2) Dumping your guilt onto other white people just because they’re white is RACISM and DISCRIMINATION.
3) Self-identifying with something you’re not and wallowing in self-pity is IRRATIONAL, and borderline PSYCHO if not completely batshit crazy and ridiculous, as in Dolezal’s case.
And I’ll go back to the fact that perspective is a choice –
For as much damage as “white people” have done, they’ve (we’ve) also achieved amazing things as well. Channeling John Galt, take away all white Nobel Prize winners’ creations and see what kind of a world we’d be left with, for one, and then take away any or almost all of the technological advances or medical advances that people of all races happen to enjoy or at least benefit from as a direct result of “white people”. Want to undo everything that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has done? Or in the case of Dolezal and Michael, want to ignore or feel ashamed over it?
I certainly don’t. I’m proud of a lot of what my culture has done. We can look at our past and then envision and enact a better future, but take it to the extent of rejecting one’s color or own identity, or shame it as Fair Share Liberals so love to do? (Take any of their idiot posts on “White Guilt” as examples) – not a chance. To do so would be not only useless in the whole scheme of things, but fucking cuckoo.
People like Michael and Dolezal are in our social and educational systems. I don’t think that’s the right place for them, but I guess I’m glad that they’re not in our business or economic systems. If they were, then they’d certainly be running things into the ground, just as they do with every single cause they happen to touch.
It continues to fascinate me: where do we send our shame-ridden and useless? To colleges, universities, and community organization it seems – the only places that any of these losers could every find paid work.