Scandalized NAACP executive Rachel Dolezal, who had posed as a black woman for several years, recently went on a daytime talk show to admit that she was born to white parents. In doing so, she further solidified the connection between her transracialism and the trend legitimizing transgenderism. Of her choice to identify as black, Dolezal said:
I think that sometimes how we feel is more powerful than how we’re born, and blackness can be defined as philosophical, cultural, biological, you know, it’s a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
Her statement confirms the sense that “blackness” exists primarily as a political ideology rather than a racial identification. It’s why people like me who were born to at least one black parent have lesser claim to “blackness” than someone like Dolezal. She drank the Kool-Aid. So she’s in the club.
Beyond that, and far more troubling, lies a broader implication of Dolezal’s statement. Her sentiment that “how we feel is more powerful than how we’re born” can be (and is) applied to any other perception. The root idea is “how we feel is more powerful than reality,” and it applies to emerging perceptions of everything from gender to climate change to political rights.
As PJTV’s John Phillips states in the above video, Dolezal has a right to be who she is, but not the right to be who she is not. The problem is that folks like Dolezal make no distinction between how they feel and reality itself. That’s a disposition we used to call insanity. Today, we call it “courage.”