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6/12/2015

White Is The New Black

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:57 pm

[guest post by Dana]

This week it was revealed that Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, has been misleading people for years about her race. Dolezal, who passed herself off as black, is actually white:

Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne, said the family is Czech, Swedish and German, with some native American roots.

Ruthanne Dolezal said that she and her daughter have not been in touch for years but that Rachel Dolezal began to portray herself as African-American eight or nine years ago after the family adopted four black children.

“She’s white,” her mother said in an interview with KREM News. “Rachel has wanted to be someone she’s not,” she added.

Her mother says the family has been aware of the racial claims but has only commented about them when contacted.

When asked whether she was white, Dolezal, who is an Adjunct Professor of African-American Studies at Eastern Washington University, gave an evasive, if not bizarre response:

“That question is not as easy as it seems. There’s a lot of complexities… and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.” She concluded, “We’re all from the African content.”

Dolezal called the controversy a multi-layered issue. She says the controversy is emerging because of legal issues between family members.

“It’s more important for me to clarify that with the black community and with my executive board than it really is to explain it to a community that I quite frankly don’t think really understands the definitions of race and ethnicity,” she said in a Friday interview with CBS.

The NAACP released a brief statement of support for Dolezal’s work with the organization.

In part:

NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.

Most interestingly, Dolezal is a charter member of the #BlackLivesMatter:

In the famous last words of Eric Garner, “I … can’t … breathe,” there is a metaphor for the asphyxiation we are experiencing as black people in America and in Spokane. The air is thinner for us now; we are not all getting the same amount of oxygen here. So don’t stop us when we reach for the oxygen mask that is hope for justice. Let us say what we need to say, march when we need to march, and hold our kids when we need to feel their hearts beat. Let us be, be with us, and let us breathe.

Clearly, Dolezal has some mental health issues and one hopes she seeks professional help. But. Given that we are no longer bound by the gender we are assigned with at birth, why should we be bound to identify by the race we are born into?

From Marc Lamont Hill, on a CNN panel discussing Dolezal:

“He told Anderson Cooper this is a “very dangerous practice of trying on someone’s identity” and even said what Dolezal did was the “ultimate exercise in white privilege to say ‘I’m gonna be black for a little while.’”

Trying on someone’s identity? Dolezal would say she’s wearing her own identity. Who are you to judge her for living out loud what she feels and believes is her own truth?? Don’t you know we’re not bound by anything as antiquated and restrictive as identity – be it gender or racial. It’s fluid. And who are you to make the determination of which identities one must remain wed to in their lives? Or maybe you and others just prefer to be selective in which white women you support who are seeking the freedom to be their perceived real selves.

–Dana

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Actually, orange is the new black.

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157 Responses to “White Is The New Black”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. Clearly, Dolezal has some mental health issues and one hopes she seeks professional help.

    Well, she’s undoubtedly of the left, so doubts about her mental health go without saying.

    Mark (a11af2)

  3. If I can change from white to black maybe you conservatives can change from ayn randists sociopaths to human beings!

    dolezal (5d6d68)

  4. ^ Keep in mind that the most dysfunctional, crime-ridden, corrupt and contemptible sections of the US (hello, city of Detroit, etc, etc!) and world in general (hello, Venezuela, etc, etc!) are dominated by people who generally love the liberalism — the phony-baloney, two-faced do-gooderism — that folks like you have a big soft spot in their hearts for.

    Mark (a11af2)

  5. As I mentioned on the other thread, I’m voting for her in the Social Justice Warrior of the Month sweepstakes.

    JVW (8278a3)

  6. If I can change from white to black maybe you conservatives can change from ayn randists sociopaths to human beings!

    Ironic words coming from an Obamabot. Noce te ipsum, Perry.

    JVW (8278a3)

  7. I almost wish I could dredge up a, “I could give a f**k.”

    But I can’t.

    Steve57 (48418e)

  8. Dennis Prager has been saying that if someone can change sex while maintaining their original equipment, why can’t someone change race? And here’ someone who did it. From National Review:

    There’s never been any question that this woman is African American. Race is a social construct and we should never second-guess the psychology of someone who believes they were born in the wrong body. The real question is why she felt the need to reinforce reductive and delimiting societal standards of black beauty. Why the perm and the dreadlocks and the copious use of self-tanner? Why cant a proud black woman be pale with freckles and straight, straw colored hair?

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/419699/re-civil-rights-leader-disguised-herself-black-when-she-was-actually-white-daniel

    We’ve had transgender, now we have transracial. It must be real, Apple has it in autocorrect.

    Tanny O'Haley (c674c7)

  9. I declared myself transracial last week during the Bruce Jenner kerfuffle. Apparently you guys did not notice. My friends noticed when I declared the same at our local watering hole. Now they stare in awe as though I were Nostradamus.

    As for Perry, living in a gated community in Lewes Del. and having all the white privilege which I don’t have as a black man, you need to shut up! You owe me M.F. You owe me 64 years of affirmative action. 64 Years of set asides and we haven’t even discussed reparations yet you damn cracker. Hands up, don’t shoot Perry! Get your boot off my black neck. I may just “casually” join the Nation of Islam and change my name to Mohammad Bin Hoagie. Then what are you racist, sexist, “ayn randists sociopaths”, white privileged M.F.’ers like Perry gonna do?

    Hoagie (f4eb27)

  10. Nobody is deciding that their authentic inner self is a white man, which is a commentary by the polity regarding the truthfulness of “a metaphor for the asphyxiation we are experiencing as black people in America“.

    Horse manure the public says without even speaking. People are getting their skin dyed and their hair kinked so they can make believe their black. Using it as a boarding pass on the gravy train of public entitlements.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  11. I should start demanding my recognition as an American Indian. Unlike a senator from Massachusetts, I can prove my Choctaw-Cherokee heritage.

    Bill H (2a858c)

  12. I have decided on my new name as I “casually” slide into the Nation of Islam. It just feels right since it’s the same name one Barry Soetoro used during his “casual” slide into Islam. I guess when a poseur is president the people become poseurs too. See, Barry Soetoro is a great name for a communist but poorly chosen for a moslem. Especially a for a country gone so culturally and socially insane as to elect, as their first post 9/11 President, a person with an obvious name of those who attacked us. Let’s see…we’re trying to kill Saddam Hussein but we’re giving Barack Hussein the nuclear football. Makes sense to me?

    I don’t know which indicates more insanity in America; electing a commie/moslem president or believing a white man can become a black woman by just saying so.

    I just realized, by deciding I’m transracial I’ve taken all the benefits of being black yet I still can’t get sickle cell anemia.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  13. Sorry Bill H, but if you’re actually an Indian you’re too late to “demand” anything. Now, if, like me you become Transindian, the world and a new casino are your oyster.

    Ya see? We can do the “trans” crap with just about anything. That’s a really cool bit of leftist slight-of-hand, ain’t it?

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  14. So if a gay baker becomes transchristian can he/she/it be forced to bake his/her/their own wedding cake?

    This is gonna open up a whole new money pit: Transitional Law. The lawyers are gonna go money crazy suing everybody to demand their clients “trans-rights”. What a great country.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  15. My wife just called me lazy for not putting the Entenmann’s Lemon Cake back in the box. I’ve just experienced my first confrontation with transracial bigotry.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  16. pants too big
    speaking ebonics

    mg (31009b)

  17. Barack Hussein Hoagie

    PBUH (peanut butter upon him). :)

    Sorry Bill H, but if you’re actually an Indian you’re too late to “demand” anything. Now, if, like me you become Transindian, the world and a new casino are your oyster.

    That would have been funny- at least up until I got my as* beaten to within an inch of my life- had I tried to claim that while I worked at one of the Indian casinos here in San Diego.

    Bill H (2a858c)

  18. My wife just called me lazy for not putting the Entenmann’s Lemon Cake back in the box. I’ve just experienced my first confrontation with transracial bigotry.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27) — 6/13/2015 @ 2:21 am

    You better be careful with that. She could rock your world simply by changing her name to Bruce.

    Bill H (2a858c)

  19. That’s the whole point Bill H.. Nobody has any responsibility for or guilt about not being what they actually are. Everyone is in a state of denial. Everything from sex to race is fluid. There are no absolutes. That’s what the idiot existentialists have been saying since The Age of Aquarius, isn’t it? See, as an actual American Indian you’re stuck in a mold. But as a transindian you can move in and out of indianism (see we can make up words just like leftists) at will. Just as Bruce Jenner has a great record at MALE sports, so can he/she/it again at FEMALE sports. Who or what is to stop him/her/it and say he/she/it can’t?

    Bill H., you are only limited in your transindianism by your own imagination. Remember the Beatles? Imagine there’s no country, no religion too! Imagine all the people, living for today. The left has been sending signals of our Brave New World since I was a kid. Did all you guys miss it? And you’re not limited to just transindianism. Think SPECIES! If Rachel Dolezal says she’s black then she’s black. If Bruce Jenner says he’s a chick, he’s a chick. Don’t be fooled by your eyes or your reason or the evidence. This is The New Normal, Bruce said it so it must be true.

    BTW, if my wife changes her name to Bruce does she automatically get Catlyn with it? Or is that optional?

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  20. Now my wife wants me to shower and go to the super market with her. For heaven sake it’s only 6:30 am here in Philly. I’ve only been black for a few hours and I already hate you damn white people.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  21. Gary Oldman in True Romance? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDJ8ocSN5GE

    Senator Byrd? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnO6ai0Ktro At about 1:15

    Steve Martin in The Jerk? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAvQp-Uk5I

    Guys, you guys, it’s Washington State! You know, the people who are too weird for San Francisco?

    nk (dbc370)

  22. This is just great! Now we can all be self identifying as a trans-racial human and qualify for Affirmative Action programs, minority stuff and be able to rap using the dreaded “N” word.

    cedarhill (d1c836)

  23. nk, I wish you could blame it on Washington State. Hell, I wish you could blame it on San Francisco. But I’m afraid we can only blame it on the raw sewage spewing forth from Washington, DC.. Our country is in an advanced state of rot. It’s been getting worse and worse over the last several decades and it ain’t going away until good people take the culture back. That means we have to stop being tolerant! When we are tolerant of something it basically means we are allowing something to go on we know very well should not be allowed to go on.

    As a transracial black man I am insulted by your use of hateful youTube videos to foster what Mark Lamont Hill would call a culture of intolerance. The soon to be NAATP (National Association for the Advancement of Transracial People), and the Congressional Transracial Caucus will be duly informed.

    It’s getting harder and harder not to hate you white folks.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  24. Easy, cedarhill. So far I’m the only transracial who’s come out of the closet so to speak. So I’m the only one who can use nigg’a in verse. Don’t over step, white boy. I’ll Robert Byrd your ass!

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  25. You’ve never had a pimple, Hoagie? A red bump with a little bit of yellow pus showing throught at the raised tip? That’s all Obama is — the head of a pimple. Beneath a pimple is the staphylococcus in the follicle. And underlying that is the transmission agent that brought the bacteria. And the infection took hold because there was low resistance — weak immunity. Obama is not the disease. He is a minor symptom of immune deficiency disease in the Western liberal state. No, I don’t mean Washington or California — I mean Northern Europe and North America.

    nikta kunte (dbc370)

  26. It’s not so easy going back to being white. Rachel Dolezal will have to dig deep into the code to find a way to keep the SSI checks coming.

    She’ll have to tap dance like Gregory Hines.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  27. Don’t be so sure, papertiger. The real beauty in transsexualism or transgenderism or transracialism or trans-anythingism is it’s built in fluidity. After all, who is to say if right at this moment I “feel” male or female? White, yellow or black? (Or red for you Bill H.)? See if there are no absolutes and we must be “tolerant” toward every crazy abhorrent idea then there is no standard. And if there is no standard the left wins…we are the New Normal and that is a great big ?. After all if boys will be girls we have defined normalcy down. Ask Lola from the song.

    I always said Obama believes in American un-exceptionalism. Do you believe me now? If not himself then his ardent leftist minions sure do. There is nothing exceptional about being a big fat ?.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  28. professor of African American studies at Eastern Washington – ain’t that just a fancy way of saying you get paid to jerk off in public?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  29. BHH we have a test. Fumunda test. We have an extravagantly paid civil servant with a flashlight, no empathy, only a rudimentary understanding of personal shame, and a burning sense of purpose, to check if your carpet matches the drapes.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  30. 28.professor of African American studies at Eastern Washington – ain’t that just a fancy way of saying you get paid to jerk off in public?

    You nailed it papertiger! African-American studies, indeed! And exactly what does that entail? Can he name all the countries in Africa? How about their capitals? Was his term paper about “Roots? Can he quote Maya Angelou? Does anybody care? AA studies is a course created by leftist academics to prove they could pluck out assorted black people and get them degrees in a subject that can only be used to re-teach the subject. IOW, a college educated numbskull with no marketable skills.

    nikta kunte, that pimple has metastasized into full blown acne!

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  31. Most recently, Rachel Doležal has been appointed by the Mayor of Spokane to serve as a police commissioner for the Office of the Police Ombudsman, to oversee fairness and equity in law enforcement.

    “Dolezal, who is multiracial, said she could not imagine showing her face at a Tea Party event,” stated a 2010 article in the New York Times. “To her, what stands out are the all-white crowds, the crude depictions of Mr. Obama as an African witch doctor and the signs labeling him a terrorist.” “It would make me nervous to be there unless I went with a big group,” the Times quoted Dolezal as saying.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/dolezal-naacp-tea-party-white

    she went to Howard University on a full scholarship in the 1990s as a negro – When oh when Lordie Lord will the black woman in America ever get a chance to breathe.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  32. Adjunct Professor is the academic equivalent of summertime, part-time, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, shopping cart gatherer at the Walmart.

    nikta kunte (dbc370)

  33. The ironic thing is if Doležal had stirred herself to attend a Tea Party event, the way the media (and I’m talking about the media with a small “m”. Internet media.) gravitates to black people at the Tea Party to “prove” the “racial inclusiveness” of the notion that government not spending more money than we got, she had a better than average shot at being the spokesperson for both sides of the argument.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  34. You guys do know that behind all the BS is a very simple and natural explanation, right? She likes black men.

    nk (dbc370)

  35. Doležal has been complaining that the Klan is sending her hate mail.

    Betcha a million all the alleged derogatory letters originated from her personal laptop.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  36. The reaction of Prof. Hill, renowned douchenozzle, reinforces the concept that the left is trying to make today’s “black” a political ideology rather than a racial identifier.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  37. Robert Stacy McCain @rsmccain

    Bruce Jenner is a woman, Emma Sulkowicz is a rape victim, #RachelDolezal is black, and I am a reuben sandwich with a side order of fries.
    1:36 PM – 12 Jun 2015

    Steve57 (48418e)

  38. The chairman of the Department of African-American Cross-Gender Studies and Fast Food Service is interviewing a prospective adjunct professor. “You wrote on your application that you are availble 9 to ?” “No, that’s a minus sign. 9 – 5. I can be here at 4.” “Well, why didn’t you write 4?” “I could not remember how it’s spelled.”

    nk (dbc370)

  39. *9 to 5*

    nk (dbc370)

  40. naacp got pwn3d by a white chick lol

    happyfeet (831175)

  41. Gig’s Up, Don’t Poot!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  42. “I want to be black
    Have natural rhythm
    Shoot twenty feet of jism, too
    And fu*k up Jews
    I want to be black
    I want to be a Panther

    Have a girlfriend named Samantha
    And have a stable of foxy who*res
    Oh I want to be black

    [Chorus:]
    I don’t want to be a fu*ked up, middle class,
    College student anymore
    I just want to have a stable of foxy little who*res
    Yeah, yeah I want to be black

    I want to be black
    I want to be like Martin Luther King
    And get myself shot in spring
    And lead a whole generation too
    And fu*k up the Jews”

    – teh Late Great Lou Reed

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  43. Lou Reed died?

    Steve57 (48418e)

  44. Personal failing on my part. I just don’t keep up.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOEz50T1VEQ

    Lou Reed ~ Walk On The Wild Side (HQ)

    Steve57 (48418e)

  45. How are we supposed to categorize people when they keep rejecting our categories?! It’s like sooner or later there aren’t gonna be anymore categories and then we’ll just be left taking all these people at face value! And then what?!

    Leviticus (711863)

  46. i wuz born a po’ black child…

    redc1c4 (dab236)

  47. There are real issues here, sure. But I’m reminded of elissa’s comment about pearl clutching.

    Leviticus (711863)

  48. Most recently, Rachel Doležal has been appointed by the Mayor of Spokane to serve as a police commissioner for the Office of the Police Ombudsman, to oversee fairness and equity in law enforcement.

    This is the type of bullsh!t leftists do to us. They “educate” these pathetic wannbe’s into useful idiots to infiltrate our local, state and federal government. Once in, they steal the taxpayers money in fees, services and programs we have no need for nor the money to use on it. Then they cry for higher taxes and when we throw a Taxed Enough Already Party they hemorrhage hate for us wanting to keep what we earn and call us racists. There’s a reason the TEAParty rallies are predominantly white and the riots in Baltimore are predominantly black. Can any of you guess the reason? Beuller? Beuller?

    40.naacp got pwn3d by a white chick lol

    Do not dis the Sis, happyfeet. Once da ho’ says she’s black, she’s black. It’s da New Normal.

    I’m going to Otto’s German Restaurant for lunch with my friends at noon. This will be my first time there as a black man. I hope my transracialism is received with the grace and style those lousy Krauts are known for.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  49. how is this not hilarious

    happyfeet (831175)

  50. Greetings:

    My understanding is that hospitals with burn units are doing marvelous things with skin grafts these days.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  51. “pearl clutching”??? Mass hilarity is the reaction. Hoist by their own retard.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  52. “pearl clutching”? More like mass hilarity. Hoist by their own re+ard.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  53. I’m not clutching any pearls, Leviticus. Neither are the others here that I can see. As far as I’m concerned the lady went black face for the most likely reason women do things — men. Some of our friends, here, are kinder and are giving her the benefit of greater complexity of motives. I’m ok with that — being kind to women is a natural instinct of men.

    nk (dbc370)

  54. OK let’s talk about our feelings.

    Who here cried when they learned Mayonnaise died parachuting into Germany in The Dirty Dozen.

    (Shyly raising his hand, shedding a tear for Trini Lopez.)

    Steve57 (48418e)

  55. Does this lady get her own race free bathroom?

    mg (31009b)

  56. 49. how is this not hilarious

    happyfeet (831175) — 6/13/2015 @ 8:07 am

    It’s just totally friggin’ hilarious.

    But what do I know? I’m just a pearl clutching homophobe who had the sads when Mayonnaise died.

    Steve57 (48418e)

  57. what is beyond parody for 100, Alex:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2y2OGNyArg

    narciso (ee1f88)

  58. Leviticus just wanted to remind everyone that he is turning into a dlck.

    JD (d7747e)

  59. it’s reverse David Chappelle with the stench of Soul Man,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  60. I feel that identity politics is finally reaching bottom.

    I hope Rachel inspires a lot of Asian kids to check the African American box as they apply to Ivy League schools.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  61. Leviticus,

    I believe it’s sad because woman’s family and children and husband* who love and depend on her have apparently been duped. To lie about this particular thing is not like lying about your weight or your real hair color. nk’s humor aside, why do you believe, Leviticus, that someone would be compelled to construct such a falsity in their lives – knowing that there are those who could at any time expose them and put their entire family in the public spotlight in such a negative manner?

    It’s ironic because we are being instructed about the Jenner situation how to speak, what to say, and watching those who question the social impact (if any), get shamed. So, when someone like Marc Lamont Hill is gobsmacked and offended by this abuse of white privilege by a woman who also just wants to express and live in her true identity, the hypocrisy and double-standard sort of slaps you right in the face.

    But of course, you know this, Leviticus. However, whether your reluctance to not admit it is stubbornness or the innate need of youth to push back, I don’t know. I guess I really don’t care why. But what I would point out is that you can’t even see that it is you who are the one clutching your pearls. Stop. It’s not necessary.

    *it’s not clear whether her husband was in on the hoax or not.

    Dana (86e864)

  62. I hope Rachel inspires a lot of Asian kids to check the African American box as they apply to Ivy League schools.

    Perfect!

    Dana (86e864)

  63. you who are the one clutching your pearls should be you who are clutching your pearls….

    Dana (86e864)

  64. Hey if I was a young stud–which, if I ever was,is long in my past, I’d tell my college girlfriends that I was black. They’d swoon and tell me I was a sex machine.

    Maybe I could have fooled them. I think the blue eyes and the light brown hair–and pale skin–would have tipped them off though.

    Comanche Voter (1d5c8b)

  65. reinforces the concept that the left is trying to make today’s “black” a political ideology rather than a racial identifier.

    I think society would be better off if everyone stopped labeling people based upon their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, etc, and to instead use the qualifiers of liberal, moderate, conservative, or leftist, rightist, centrist, or squish-squish.

    I notice far too many folks, particularly on the left, tend to sidestep focusing on a person’s or group’s ideological orientation and to favor other (and often less relevant) ways of describing that person or group.

    Mark (a11af2)

  66. There are real issues here, sure. But I’m reminded of elissa’s comment about pearl clutching.

    Leviticus, yes, the issues are very real and, in terms of the point of origin (ie, the person masquerading around as a black woman), very ridiculous.

    Is pointing out the dynamics of where loony liberalism has ended up in 2015 somehow troubling to you?

    Mark (a11af2)

  67. Rachel’s association with Eastern Washington University is a treasure trove of information. The EWU website has this summary of her interests:

    Her scholarly research focuses on the intersection of race, gender and class in the contemporary Diaspora ...

    I’d make that “confluence” instead of “intersection”, but otherwise it was probably close enough to earn EWU its “affirmative action” credits with the Feds. And her photo on the website makes it clear that tanning lotion, properly applied, does not necessarily result in the orange tint that makes Congressman Boehner so “special”. A nice Obola-like light tan is clearly possible.

    But thinking about this from the Fed’s standpoint, couldn’t this result in an audit of EWU Federal grants since their affirmative action statistics must now be suspect? Ditto Harvard?

    bobathome (f50725)

  68. Her husband is black. I have seen the venomous glances given by black women to interracial couples in downtown Chicago. It could very well be all she wanted was to be accepted by her husband’s family and friends, and the social justice stuff is an afterthought. Look at the wedding photo. Where’s the groom’s side of the family? The kids in front are her adopted siblings.

    nk (dbc370)

  69. Leviticus, I think the points being made here include the following:

    1. When you create an obnoxious grievance-mongering industry, it’s only a matter of time before whitey figures out a way to hone in on it.

    2. If gender is indeed fluid and an individual is allowed to decide his or her specific gender, then why can’t race be the same?

    3. Social Justice Warriors are by and large deeply disturbed people and deserve our mockery.

    Where is the pearl clutching in that?

    JVW (8278a3)

  70. The reality of the situation appears to be, that Ms. Dolesal is objectively and authoritatively proclaiming “there is no such thing as objective, authoritative reality.” I doubt she recognizes the ironic, cognitive dissonance here.

    If Dolezal can be an African-American woman today, then she can be a Palestinian male tomorrow. And a Swedish canine the day after. And we are somehow “required” to support her ever-fluid change of preference under sufferance of being labeled a bigot?

    But if her reality imposes a duty upon me to recognize her fluid, ever-changing and obviously tenuous grasp on the empirical world, then don’t I, by default, have the right to judge my own reality in which I can label Ms. Dolezal a stark-raving lunatic or at least an attention grubbing opportunist?

    I mean, if we all get to define our own reality, why should I be obliged to be oppressed by her tenuous grasp on reality and her fabricated identity? What makes her fragile fabrication authoritative, or at least more authoritative than my perceived reality?

    When is someone finally going to say, “Holy cow, this is utter nonsense and we really just need to stop being silly right now.”

    WarEagle82 (d35bad)

  71. Her scholarly research focuses on the intersection of race, gender and class in the contemporary Diaspora …

    In other words, she is simply the inevitable and natural product of what she’s been taught to believe.

    Dana (86e864)

  72. Shine on you crazy scheister.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  73. My give-a-$h!t meter is registering two picofcuks!

    hadoop (657247)

  74. When is someone finally going to say, “Holy cow, this is utter nonsense and we really just need to stop being silly right now.”

    I thought that was exactly what I’ve been doing. However, due to the massive and positive acceptance of me in my new race at Otto’s, I am now The New Normal also! I am comfortable as a black man and I will tank you all to remember that. I think my dick grew 2 inches at lunch.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  75. Shalom Aleichem, my brothers! Free at last!

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  76. I am very happy this morning after reading this thread. Hoagie, nk, Dana, Patricia and many others are (in my opinion) responding exactly appropriately by mocking, pointing, laughing and joking at the fake “black” NAACP leader and Black Studies Professor. It is wonderful to see this silly yet highly instructive story coming right on the heels of the recent male athlete turned reality series magazine cover female model explosion. And let’s throw the great Jerry Seinfeld into the mix who has also done good this past week by helping expose the idiocy of millennial college students and their lack of self-awareness about, well, a lot of things. And mattress girl’s pathetic porn video sort of iced the cake, I thought.

    Of course, we need to keep our eyes on cross gender bathrooms, and boxes being checked for jobs/ college admissions, and paid agitators being planted in our communities to destroy and stir up violence. But identity politics is falling apart under its own weight in front of our very eyes. We need to weaken it and help along its demise not by anger and screeching and helpless hand wringing angst –but by continuing to expose its hypocrisy, laughing all the way, and addressing specific problems that arise in our own communities and schools as they crop up.

    Leviticus and a few other regulars obviously still do not get what I was attempting to convey with my use of the phrase “pearl clutching” last week. But progress is being made. I am also wondering if pearl clutching has different connotations in the different geographic areas of the country.

    elissa (09f5c7)

  77. the more serious point, is she influences policy, when it comes to law enforcement in Spokane, but she gamed the system, somewhat like Ward Churchill and Red Squaw,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  78. “Resist teh newest manifestation of White Privilege we much!”

    – Rev. Al “Race-baitin’ Agitatin'” Sharpton

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  79. That’s ‘continent’ not ‘content.’ Though this whole episode might make Ms. Dolezal feel ‘incontinent.’

    10SCgal (6cc5d8)

  80. There is hope for common sense, elissa. Recently a pretty famous British scientist said some dumb stuff. I suspect he thought he was being funny, or had some kind of senior short circuit. I mean, in front of an audience?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33090022

    The good news is that rather than outrage, many folks got it right: poking fun at the dumb stuff.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-33099289

    It’s a hopeful sign. The one that dogmaticism cannot tolerate is ridicule.

    Fingers crossed.

    Simon Jester (966c6c)

  81. Problem is narciso, they all game the system. We’ve allowed them to build the system for them to game it. How? TOLERANCE! That’s how. They say “You can’t refuse to bake a gays wedding cake even if you believe it a sin”. WHY? Are we slaves? Can we be forced into involuntary labor at the demand and desire of those who despise us? I won’t! Well, that’s discrimination! So live with it. Tough crap. We all discriminate daily its just the left makes targets as well as a living out of the ones they hate. We just ignore ours. The left has spent 60 years building an educational system from the unions running K-12 to the college administrations indoctrinating our kids and charging us outrageous sums to do so. . They’ve taken over print, radio and TV media and news outlets determining not only what we see and hear but what we DON’T see and hear. They run Hollywood and the TV shows to the same end as media. Name any recent show which does NOT have at least one gay or lesbian as a main character. By their count 40% of all families are loaded with gays or lesbians. Even TV ads gotta have the “right mix” of color, sex and even handicapped or they can’t pass muster. Almost every judge or doctor portrayed is black and if some character is an idiot you can bet it’s the white male. They have built the system and they game it to their financial advantage and their access to power.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  82. Apparently Simon Jester, you think professor Hunt is wrong. Since you re not in his position who are you to challenge his observations of female scientists?

    Now, having owned 17 restaurants/bars over 40 years I’ll give you my observation of female waitresses and bartenders. “Three things happen when they are in the restaurant, you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry.”. Tell me I’m wrong. Then tell me Hunt is wrong. If you were black like me your skin would get thicker. It has to, we’re oppressed.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  83. The irony continues:

    The student — who, like many others interviewed for this article, asked to remain anonymous — told BuzzFeed News that she took two courses with Dolezal during her freshman year to fulfill academic requirements at Eastern Washington University.

    The student said that the incident occurred within the first three weeks of an introductory course on race and culture. Dolezal introduced an activity she called “Fishbowl,” in which one student sat in front of the class as others were invited to ask them questions about their racial and cultural experiences.

    In the first round of Fishbowl, the student said Dolezal sought out a volunteer of Hispanic background to be questioned.

    The student, who told BuzzFeed News that she identifies as Hispanic, grew up in a Spanish-speaking country, speaks the language fluently, and, while she has light skin, believes she has a “pretty solid experience of what it’s like to be Spanish.” She raised her hand to participate.

    “I think we should ask another student,” the student recalled Dolezal saying in class.

    The student asked why she could not participate.

    “Rachel said I didn’t look Hispanic,” she said, and that her instructor “doubted that I could share experiences of racial or ethnic discrimination because I didn’t have the appearance of looking Hispanic.”

    Dana (86e864)

  84. don’t cry for me i’m negrita

    happyfeet (831175)

  85. happyfeet, you’re my soul mate!

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  86. Hoagie, you didn’t get my point. Hunt is a smart man, and smart in the politics of science. That was stupid to have said.

    And the response of the women *is* better—laughing, not hectoring.

    Simon Jester (966c6c)

  87. Dana, I’m with you. The woman is nuttier than a Payday bar. It’s kind of sad.

    Simon Jester (966c6c)

  88. We need to weaken it and help along its demise not by anger and screeching and helpless hand wringing angst –but by continuing to expose its hypocrisy, laughing all the way, and addressing specific problems that arise in our own communities and schools as they crop up.

    I don’t believe arguing against, protesting, or opining on the consequences to society at large regarding these sorts of issues is pearl clutching. Unfortunately, there are very real-life and life-changing consequences that can happen when we give a foothold to social justice types attempting to re-make and control the marketplace of ideas, the institutions whose mission is or should be to produce our next generation of critical thinkers, as well as inhibiting voters and citizens for their private thoughts and views, let alone those who dare to publicly voice them. (See: Eich, Brendan)

    Dana (86e864)

  89. come on, you had to be thinking it,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vndf1W5eGE

    narciso (ee1f88)

  90. Simon Jester, it was stupid for Hunt to have said that not because of what he said which was his honest observation or experience but rather because of where he said it. Among a gaggle of leftist ideologues who can’t take any opinion which differs from their own. Even if they know it to be true. If I made the same observation in my restaurant about my female staff I would get nothing but nods of agreement and “here, here’s”. From both men and women. Hunt is surrounded with the very pussy’s that are ruining our country. They should resign, not him.

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  91. Dana- we are on the same side. Jeech.

    elissa (09f5c7)

  92. Barack Hussein Hoagie You missed the other far more likely outcome in the scenario.

    Option four – she complains to the HR department that you are discriminating against her, then you get fired. Repeat and rinse until the woman is made the director of the department, where typically in the hard sciences, if she is smart, she’ll stiff arm any other women from being on the team, because they would be a distraction, gumming up progress on the mission.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  93. Sandra Bernhard lol

    happyfeet (831175)

  94. Hoagie, here is another view of Hunt, and it is one I suspect you will appreciate.

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/13/tim-hunt-hung-out-to-dry-interview-mary-collins?CMP=share_btn_tw

    Twitter is a funny place, huh? It’s all reaction, and little thought.

    Simon Jester (966c6c)

  95. I can’t buy into nk’s interpretation. Or maybe I should say it doesn’t matter what her overarching motive was, she has expanded her behavior into knee jerk discrimination against white people.

    In July 2010, Dolezal resigned from Human Rights Education Institute in Kootenai County, and stated to KREM 2 News that “she had been the target of discrimination.”[29] Dolezal stated on 29 September 2009 to KXLY that she had become a target of racism after she recently woke up to find a noose on her front porch.[30][31][32][33][34] Dolezal’s biography on Eastern Washington University’s website states that while living in Idaho “at least eight documented hate crimes targeted (Rachel) Dolezal and her children.”[35] The subsequent police investigation did not bear it out.[36]

    from the freshly minted wikipedia page.

    Making up lies and slanders to fit her disguise.

    Million says she is the author of her own self targeting hate crimes.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  96. elissa,

    Not sure what the Jeech is about, but, the whole Brendan Eich thing was such a giant red flag to me about how much is at stake and how much there is to lose, that I wanted to point out the end-game if we dismiss any expression of push back – even so called pearl clutching. IMO, things have deteriorated so much that pearl clutching tsk-tsking should make their noise in order to push back. As long as there is some happening. You may very well be right: mockery and exposing the utter foolishness of their cause is the way to go. I sure hope so.

    Anyway, friend, no ill will here at all.

    Dana (86e864)

  97. Also, papertiger, the police department has now suspended *all* of her complaints about alleged harassment/hate crimes having been perpetrated against her.

    Dana (86e864)

  98. That’s a relief. On the off chance I’m wrong and there is a pocket of democrats in sheets in mostly Republican Idaho.
    (I don’t have a million. ;))

    A hundred says she made that stuff up.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  99. Thank you, thank you, WarEagle82 (comment 70) –

    Thanks to your comment, I’ve finally discovered my “true self” —

    I can finally say it without shame: “I *am* a Swedish canine! And I’m *PROUD* of it.”

    Woof! … er, maybe, “voof” ?!?

    – – – – –

    I think next week I’ll start self-identifying as a Northern Spotted Owl. We’re endangered, you know. Might be more of a “species-deference” factor there…

    Or a kitteh. Cute fluffy kittehs are big on teh interwebz. Hmmm.

    Gonna have to do some research to find which of my potential “true selves” pays best, or at least makes others grovel before me in a sufficiently satisfying manner.

    A_Nonny_Mouse (e2ddce)

  100. The commenter formerly known as Hoagie is onto something. We can end government sanctioned racist discrimination in a hour by always checking the “I am black” box on the form, affidavit, admissions paper.

    I speak ebonics anyhow, might as well go the full monty.

    Whose gonna say I ain’t black?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  101. Simon Jester I’m sad to admit I have as much sympathy for Hunt and his wife’s fall from grace as leftists did about putting Christians out of business and financially harming their children. After all, Hut chose his torturers, the Christians did not. Black Power!

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  102. I see from your racist comments that it is much easier for me to be black then you stop being ayn randists sociopaths!

    dolezal (007d90)

  103. Seek help, Perry. You are disturbed.

    JD (3b5483)

  104. Is that really Perry? Certainly pretty disturbed.

    Simon Jester (966c6c)

  105. Dana – the only evidence of her multiple hate crimes is her word in the reports. And her word ain’t worth Shinola. That was unfair. Shinola makes an excellent watch.

    JD (3b5483)

  106. Dolezal should quit giving interviews. She gets worse every time. The first interview that she walked away from went very poorly for her, and the one with SkyNews was just as bad.

    Is it racisty to criticize her because she is white?

    JD (3b5483)

  107. racist comments? I would have to be a member of the dominant power in society in order to be racist.

    I don’t care what the Sharpton bot says, Santa Claus was a black man.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  108. Seriously, isn’t this lunatic act the PC version of “Blackface?”

    I guess Lizzie Warren has now set the bar so low for lying through your teeth that anything goes.

    WarEagle82 (d35bad)

  109. Is it racisty to criticize her because she is white?

    She’s just the type whose been keeping my people down on the plantation.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  110. War Eagle–I long for some intrepid reporter to ask Fauxchahontas to opine on Ms. Dolezal.

    elissa (09f5c7)

  111. You tell’em papertiger. My brother speaks Truth to Power. Right on!

    103.I see from your racist comments that it is much easier for me to be black then you stop being ayn randists sociopaths!

    You white racist cracker! Living in your land of white privilege and lookin’ down on us like you’re bettern us. Now you’re dissn’ Ayn cause you got pussy envy! For shame, for shame white boy!

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  112. “You can take the bi+ch outta the ghetto, but you just can’t take the bit+ch outta the ghetto!”

    – Pointy Williams

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  113. “From Gary [Indiana] huh…. well let me tell you where I’m from. A little place called “fresh off a n****’s ass.” You just made me homesick.”

    – Pointy Williams

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  114. I’ve been thinkin’ Perry. Why not just commit and go all Bruce Jenner on us. I mean, you act like one so why not claim to have one? Then your grandkids can get you a “World’s Greatest Grandma” mug to go next to the other one. Not that one fool! The one that says “Worlds Biggest A$$hole”.

    I pity the fool!
    B.A. Baracus

    Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  115. Just saying you’re black doesn’t do the trick. In order to become authentically black one must accuse others of discriminating against your blackness.

    Twitchy has been barring me from comment for well over a year now based on my race.

    Where is my remedy?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  116. Col Haiku–

    Here is some raw material for you to display your talents. See how many different areas of social justice and identity you can incorporate from this gem. It’s like a harmonic confluence, I tellya!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3122282/Motor-mouth-witness-turned-viral-video-sensation-left-speechless-arrested-theft-charges-saying-m-going-plead-Fifth.html

    elissa (09f5c7)

  117. she went to Howard University on a full scholarship in the 1990s as a negro – When oh when Lordie Lord will the black woman in America ever get a chance to breathe.

    papertiger (c2d6da) — 6/13/2015 @ 6:07 am

    This right here reminds me of a rather bad movie made in the ’80’s (I don’t remember the title, nor do I care) about a college student who did exactly that. Of course, eventually he was made to feel bad about having stolen the “black experience” for the nefarious reason that he, too, should be able to get a free ride based solely on skin color.

    Bill H (2a858c)

  118. On a funnier note- I had no idea Sideshow Bob had a sister.

    Bill H (2a858c)

  119. Is it racisty to criticize her because she is white?

    JD, clearly you haven’t been paying attention: you’re a white male, therefore everything you say is racisty. Please start paying attention in class.

    Dana (acc7f4)

  120. Elissa,

    Why do we only find these charming anecdotes in The Daily Mail (or the Telegraph.) The LHMFM didn’t just die, it committed sewercide. Surrounded by first rate material they invariably stoop to fabricating second rate propaganda.

    I wonder if the perp thought his appearance would be judged a poorly done disguise and therefore a surprisingly effective method of hiding his identity?

    bobathome (5b5810)

  121. papertiger, it sounds like you and I are both being victimized because of our race. A supposed friend today suggested I may be high yellow. I say pish! I’m as black as I say I am just like Jenner is as female as he/she/it says. And you my friend are a victim of discrimination! Papertiger, we cannot rest until they judge us by the content of our character not the color of our skin!

    I want you all t be the first to know I signed up for and have received my ordination from the United Life Church on line. I am now the Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie. We shall overcome!

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  122. Congrats Rev. BHH

    mg (31009b)

  123. Rev. BHH-are you going to officiate at same sex weddings?

    elissa (09f5c7)

  124. Free at last! Use to have a dream, but now I am transitioning to a new covenant, and Hoagie is my prophet.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  125. Thank you mg. Elissa, I was planning on specializing in Petramony. I may consider cutting across the trans-species lines later on. I’d like to set up a 503c Prayers-4-Pets to help draw attention to those pets and partners not recognized as legitimate matrimonial partners in our species-centric world. Plus the mere fact that I could collect tax free donations would give Perry a heart attack. I see the light!

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  126. Here is more on worldwide female scientists’ clever pushback to Tim Hunt (per Simon Jester comment above.)

    I think my favorite is from Lorene Lynn who posted an appropriate picture titled “Some call me a dirty girl, some call me a soil scientist.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/distractinglysexy-tim-hunt-sexist-comments-female-scientists/

    elissa (09f5c7)

  127. Yeah Elissa. But all of that “pushback” came after the nuclear destruction of Tim Hunt’s career.

    Kind of like making the rubble dance with additional bombing.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  128. i too am a strong black woman

    happyfeet (831175)

  129. If Tim Hunt were to transition to black he would be forgiven his Oreo Cookie gender transgressions from a past life, and become the M C of a sciency talk show, like Morgan Freeman and Neil Tyson.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  130. Rev BHH, with the Chinese acquisition of 14 million names, addresses and DoBs of current Federal employees, and, more importantly, all those receiving Federal pensions for their efforts in constructing the Leviathan that squats on the U. S. economy, you have an unmatched resource for properly targeted junk mail. Given your newly acquired credentials and your easy grasp of the underlying emotional rationale that propels our bureaucracy, I foresee nothing but an endless stream of direct deposits to your church’s coffers. Just be careful to delete those with “vet” annotations in their status descriptor.

    And you might want to consider the current Greek investment strategy. They’ve been pulling out their Euros from the Greek banks and buying Mercedes. This store of wealth has the advantage that it can help propel them across the border, and it is readily converted to cash should the need arise.

    bobathome (5b5810)

  131. @128- Sorry–I don’t see it that way, papertiger. As has been repeatedly said on this blog in myriad circumstances and on many threads: in a free society people must be able to say pretty much whatever they want and must be granted that opportunity. But they are not immune from suffering consequences from their speech.

    In this case of Hunt, he made an unfortunate and strange over-generalization and is getting silly and clever responses from women who are educated in science and are performing scientific work. I stuck up for the brilliant science guy wearing the “sexist shirt” who got set upon by howling “feminist” monkeys because they were being asinine. This is way, way different. What on earth was Hunt thinking?

    elissa (09f5c7)

  132. This is hilarious. I just got a text from a buddy who has 5 Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. “Just heard the good news about your transracial awakening from Kelly. Congratulations, bro. Maybe now I’ll see you at my places more than once a month. Email coupons to follow”.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  133. oh my goodness you can’t leave women alone in their own lab

    next thing you know all the mitochondrias is getting titrated up the woowoo

    happyfeet (831175)

  134. Email coupons to follow.

    This.

    happyfeet (831175)

  135. i got your peer review right here

    happyfeet (831175)

  136. Go for the Priesthood, Rev BHH, then you could hear confessions.

    mg (31009b)

  137. On a funnier note- I had no idea Sideshow Bob had a sister.

    Bill H (2a858c) — 6/13/2015 @ 3:01 pm

    That hair-don’t is the giveaway, no doubt.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  138. Hey, if someone passes me a collection plate, I’m going to pass it right back.

    Best to get these thing out in the open. But I will confess a sudden urge for KFC>

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  139. elissa the clever comment back are the comeuppance he deserved, but that should have been the end of it. Instead, before the snide could evolve into Youtube comebacks and blogpost jiberjaber, Prof Hunt was defrocked by the public university.
    That was out of line and unthinkable in an American Uni. Think of all the EDU deadwood and outright garbage teachers who should have been jettisoned, still assigning their own work to undergrads, while sitting in the Jacuzzi.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  140. I put up a post a little while ago about the science professor. I had been sitting on it for a few days.

    Dana (86e864)

  141. UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Actually, orange is the new black.

    Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 7.17.25 PM

    Patterico (3cc0c1)

  142. I spent the entire day watching “Mo’ Better Blues” and I have noW concluded that I am both a proud African-American woman and a lesbian trapped in a man’s body!

    I am applying to Spelman College for a full scholarship, taking a job as an LBGT advocate, and applying for welfare, food stamps, and I plan to bear 5 children out of wedlock by 6 different men over the next 18 months.

    I FINALLY FEEL FREE!!!! THANK YOU, RACHEL DOLEZAL!!!

    WarEagle82 (d35bad)

  143. 142- John Boehner’s daughter???

    Dana (86e864)

  144. The Onion filed for bankruptcy this afternoon.

    JD (3b5483)

  145. WarEagle82 –
    EBT, EBT, Got to get your EBT.

    mg (31009b)

  146. oh dear and gawker’s circling the drain

    happyfeet (831175)

  147. And my Obamaphone! And my mortgage! And free money!

    Insanity is so liberating!!!

    WarEagle82 (d35bad)

  148. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.

    So the NAACP believes that someone should be judged on the basis of how good a job she does, not her “racial identity.”

    Got it.

    Bored Lawyer (34a3e2)

  149. UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Actually, orange is the new black.

    So that means Charlie Crist- Mr Tangerine Man- was ahead of the curve.

    Bill H (2a858c)

  150. Mr. Hoagie, will you be moving to 29th and Diamond and enrolling your children at Strawberry Mansion High School to keep the cultural crossover authentic?

    Jack X Klompus Muhammad (68bc73)

  151. we are not all getting the same amount of oxygen here.

    Clearly, SOME people are suffering from the effects of severe long-term hypoxia.

    IGotBupkis, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

  152. 146. WarEagle82 –
    EBT, EBT, Got to get your EBT.

    mg (31009b) — 6/13/2015 @ 7:16 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLTTX35LNJo

    Chapter Jackson – It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT (Explicit)

    If I’ve got everything calibrated correctly, Chapter is white.

    Steve57 (48418e)

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    High Park Rep (dc2c4d)

  154. Rachel Dolezal has resigned as President of the Seatle NAACP.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  155. I have no children, Mr. Mohammad. And now being a privileged part of the New Philly Black Culture I find if necessary to move to Penn’s Landing to participate in the gentrification of the Inner City.

    Remember Birdie Africa!

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  156. Why limit ourselves?

    One of the more disappointing aspects of the current self-identification movement is its depressing lack of imagination. Limiting self-identification to broad classes such as sex or race seems as crabbed and oppressive as the usual societal constructs. On the other hand, identifying as specific individuals presents a multitude of liberating options. Today, I’m identifying as LeBron James. I plan to identify as Miguel Cabrera later this summer, although I’m flirting with the idea of being Mike Trout. This fall, I’m thinking Tom Brady. (Please don’t alert Giselle Bundchen. I want it to be a surprise). I am who I say I am until I say I am no more.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/419764/transindividualism-peter-kirsanow

    Tanny O'Haley (c674c7)


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