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Trans-Racial Trashcan Rachel is at it again

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For Caucasian Girls who have considered co-opting culture when their own is not enough. Appropriation is not appreciation. Girl, bye.

It’s International Women’s Day, a day of celebrating the many advances of women across cultural, economic, social, and political avenues. For Black women, our celebrations are often short-lived, as we are the most disrespected, unprotected, and neglected group in the United States. Netflix must quietly agree with that sentiment because their actions are beginning to speak louder than their words. We all know Mo’Nique deserved better and that Tiffany Haddish deserved more than $800k for her series, so we shouldn’t be surprised that Rachel Dolezal got a seat at the table. Ms. Dolezal, known for disguising her fetish for Black culture as a racial identity crisis, allowed herself and her family to be exploited for two years in what seems to be an attempt to repair her public image. Much to her eldest son’s chagrin, she continues to cry foul as she paints herself a martyr for a culture she’s co-opted. If this trailer is a warning of what is to come, I suggest you spare yourself the disappointment.

It’s called ‘rebuilding’

Black women are doing an amazing job at reclaiming what is ours. We’re the most educated demographic in the U.S., we’re advancing in more male-dominated fields, and we’re representing ourselves in the media to script our narrative of empowerment…but not without the likes of Rachel Dolezal and people that share her beliefs to ride our coattails to success yet again. After being ousted from her position as the president of the NAACP chapter of Spokane for living a white lie, Dolezal continues to struggle. She failed to patch her web of deception and repackage herself as something she could profit from despite changing her name. Remember Nkechi? Me either. Anyway, she still lacks the conscience to see herself for what she is, just another thieving culture vulture.

Familiarity with a culture, no matter how immersed one lives, does not give them the right to claim it as their own. You are a spectator. Have a seat. Click To Tweet

The Rachel Divide

The reach of her delusion is not only affecting her own income and self-esteem, her children are met with the wrath of the wronged as well. Although her children are biracial, I imagine they faced an identity crisis due to their mother’s racial passing. Like Sarah Jane in Imitation of Life, Rachel exists in a perpetual sense of dysmorphic double-consciousness. She sees herself through the eyes of Black society and measures herself according to what she thinks she knows about us, constantly striving for something that is unattainable. It’s a sad thing to have no love for yourself or your family, but my pity ends where her lies begin.

To be honest, it’s exhausting that we are still framing our conversations about race and equality around the misdeeds of people who abuse our culture under the guise of appreciation. It’s disappointing that Netflix is providing Rachel with a platform when there are other, more interesting, more talented women of color who deserve the chance to shine…but I guess that’s Rachel’s M.O., isn’t it?

 

 

Will you be watching this blackface abomination on April 27th? Are you boycotting Netflix now? Do you feel bad for her sons? Let’s talk about this in the comments.

 

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#MyWhitePrivilege Spotlights Further Racial Disparities

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Employing the hashtag #MyWhitePrivilege, Twitter users have shed light on the various ways they’ve survived interactions that frequently claim the lives of Black or brown people.

Everyone knows that the justice system unfairly prosecutes Black and brown people at a rate far harsher than their white counterparts. But the extent to which white people avoid experiencing the treatment people of color face in America is vast. One user described their experience growing up in a small town with no Black population:

“Growing up in a small town with no Black folks meant that the poor were often scapegoated. Anytime something happened or went missing, the cops were at our house looking for my brother. We survived all of those interactions though.”

As unsurprising as their experience was, they continued with details that truly highlight disparity in racial treatment with regard to the prison industrial complex. Not only did their brother evade prison, they received rehabilitation, therapy to deal with their traumas, and suffered no loss of education or employment opportunities. Throughout the thread of tweets, other users shared similar experiences with the law where despite their behavior or knowledge of their criminal history, they avoided punishment.

As Black Twitter users read the replies, some were struck with awe and others reflected on the struggles they faced. Many lamented over the difficult conversations they prepared to have with their children. The nearly 20K replies contain experiences with law enforcement through local authorities, TSA, Immigration officers, and even school police.

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Not On Our Watch! Howard Uni President Bans Campus Colonizers

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As a response to student reports of unauthorized use of The Yard, Howard University President, Wayne A.I. Frederick has released a statement demanding pet owners respect the campus.

An email sent to Howard University staff and students notified them of the President’s decision to mark the private institution’s grounds off limits. Calling the quad a “treasured site”, Frederick affirmed the community’s desire to keep the area “pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents.” Acknowledging the history of residents’ visitation to the campus, Frederick referenced the community relationship before making a formal decision.

“At the beginning of my presidency we held regular meetings that included students, faculty and members of the Advisory Neighborhood Committees to cultivate a town and gown relationship. I recently reached out to our local ANC and Councilwoman to engage in a dialogue. We recognize that service animals are a necessary aspect of modern-day life and we will accommodate them as needed. We appreciate pet owners respecting out campus by not bringing pets onto the private areas.”

Last week, reports of residents from gentrified surrounding areas mistreating the northwest Washington D.C. school made waves on social media. Insensitive comments regarding who was privileged to access the campus sparked public outrage among those who wanted to protect Howard’s 152-year legacy.

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Keep Walking, Colonizer! Howard University Students Say Neighbors are Disrespecting The Yard

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White people’s sense of entitlement knows no bounds and has now extended to the campus of famed HBCU, Howard University. The 152-year-old private educational institution located in D.C. has been misused by residents who believe The Yard should be accessible to them as a dog park or outdoor gym.

Students of Howard University have taken offense to colonizers and gentrifiers in northwest Washington D.C in recent years. As wealthy, White residents continue to flood areas surrounding the university, they take liberties they have neither earned nor deserve on the school grounds. Students say they “find it very disrespectful” and have noted a marked increase of such behavior throughout their attendance.

Where students would have seen one or two out-of-place dog walkers on campus in a week, they see two each day. Graduating senior, Briana Littlejohn, spoke with The DCist, about the residents’ use of the campus, stating, “You know this is a university. You know this is a historically Black university. And you feel so entitled that you’re just going to walk your dog there?” Many other attendees feel the same, but their outrage has recently been met with unreasonable alternatives by residents.

Speaking with Fox 5 correspondent, Tisha Lewis, Sean Grubbs-Robishaw who lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood said the following:

“So, they’re in part of D.C. so they have to work within D.C. If they don’t want to be within D.C., then they can move the campus. I think we just need to work together and I don’t think it should be a he or there or here…It’s our community and that’s how it should be.”

Sean Grubbs-Robishaw,

Grubbs-Robishaw admits to using the grounds as a shortcut to get to the McMillan Reservoir, a popular spot for walking/running. But his argument conveniently glosses over the fact that Howard University is a private institution while also disregarding its status as a historically Black university.

The campus has been mistreated by those new to the area as a location for picnics and other abuses. The university has yet to directly state that such activities are prohibited by residents, Alonda Thomas, a spokesperson, has said there is no policy prohibiting dogs and that the campus is “open”, meaning anyone has access to it.

Do you think the disrespect that Howard University campus is receiving is related in any way to the #DontMuteDC protest? Do you think the campus should be closed to the public?

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