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As Rachel Dolezal Breaks Silence, a Roundtable Discussion on Race, Appropriation and Identity

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  • johnbrowne

    I’m sorry, but I’m so tired of this story but, I understand why mostly white folks find it interesting. In black communities, we have long recognized that there are people that personally identify with other ethnic cultures.

    We have blacks that love white folks and try to emulate them, we have black folks that can “pass” as white and do so everyday, and more recently we have white folks in our hood that relate and enjoy our black culture and they really want to “be black”.

    They prefer “our” food, our music, our parties, and our women and men to their own white culture. We’ve seen and grown up with this sociologic phenomena since childhood and for many generations in the black communities. It’s old news to us. That’s why the Spokane NCCAP essentially said, Who cares if Ms Dolezal wants to be considered black. Been there, done that.

    But, the primarily white media is fascinated with this “old story”. They just don’t get how a genetically white person (even that’s not really true) raised by white parents could even consider being black. However, many of these same stunned white folks have no amazement when it comes to blacks that can “pass” as white they see in their communities everyday. I guess that makes sense to them. Don’t get me started on that contradiction.

    I hope this is the last week for this “old cultural story”. It only shows how little we’ve really come in the last 50 years. Let’s move on.

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