Rachel Dolezal's outing as a white person pretending to be black has some comparing her story to Caitlyn Jenner. Is there such a thing as transracial? Today's Freedom Report podcast looks at the comparisons between those claiming to be transgender, and those who are transracial. Are the two stories similar, or are they worlds apart?
Dolezal's story differs significantly from Jenner's, in that one is accused of lying and being deceitful, while the other simply prefers to live a different lifestyle without receiving any special benefits for doing so. Jenner may not be a woman when defined by genetics, but her transition requires nothing of the greater public in terms of public services. Dolezal however, received a full ride to Howard University while identifying as black, as well as laid claim to minority victim status while stating that she was the victim of hate crimes of dubious merit.
Tangentially related is the story of conservative author George F. Will, who was once pilloried by leftists after he wrote a column about how liberals are creating a culture of victimhood as a coveted victim status. "... when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate."
Doesn't the case of Rachel Dolezal perfectly embody that statement? After all, wasn't Rachel Dolezal's real transgression against black culture that she was not only entirely appropriating it, but that she was seeking out the "benefits" of being a "victim" while having not lived the life of despair which would supposedly justify special privileges being conferred?
So, what does it take to make a woman? And can a white person be black if they choose? Subscribe to the Freedom Report on iTunes, and leave us a 5-star review!