Friday, June 12, 2015

Yes or No: Are You African-American?

When someone deflects a question, the question, itself, is sensitive to the person.

Are you African-American?

It is a "yes or no" question, and easy to answer.

For some.

For those who "game the system" for their own increase, it is not so easy.

Can you imagine building an entire career on a lie?

Rachel Dolezal (seen in 2009), president of a Washington NAACP chapter, has lied about being black, according to her parents.NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS/ASSOCIATED PRESSEnlarge
One of the childhood pictures of Dolezal provided by her parents to back up their claim that she is white.KXLYEnlarge

Rachel Dolezal (seen in 2009, l.), president of a Washington NAACP chapter, has lied about being black, according to her parents, who showed childhood pictures (r.) as evidence.

An NAACP leader and prominent civil rights activist in Washington state has been pretending to be black for years, her parents told local media Thursday.
Rachel Dolezal, who heads Spokane’s NAACP chapter and teaches Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, refused to directly answers any questions about her alleged racial ruse after it was reported.
KXLY reporter bluntly asked her, “Are you African-American?”
After a stunned pause, she replied: "“I don’t understand the question."
The question of her race "is not as easy as it seems," Dolezal told the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
Rachel Dolezal Responds To Claims
Sky News
"We're all from the African continent," she added.


Anonymous said...

Interesting article: 5 Sneaky Things Narcissists Do To Take Advantage Of You

Unknown said...

To answer your question. No I cant. But she obviously thought she could.

Idk, what to make of this. White mans guilt? Bipolar identity disorder? I'm not a doctor so I cant diagnose anyone, but I'd be stupid to assume she has any mental Illness at all. Maybe she's smarter than average bear? And by bear, I mean psychopath.

Is this America now? Sad. We had black people trying to pass a whites to get better jobs and opportunities, not too long ago in history. Now we have white people doing the same thing.

Steve Martin as navin Johnson in the jerk comes to mind, when his mom says he's not black......dolezal clould have played it off when that reported asked her if she was African American.

"Navin you're not our natural born child"

"I'm not? You mean I'm gonna stay this color?!"

Lis said...

Seems she found a niche where she could "be somebody"... makes you wonder if the bar is set a little lower?

Unknown said...

Uhhhhhhhhh, I don't understand the question, lol

Unknown said...

I was just about to foward you this on FB, Peter.

Check out her fake hate crime too! She claimed to have gotten a 'hate letter' that terrorized her black 'son' (actually her brother) and when the post office investigated they found the letter was not stamped, barcoded, or even was not delivered by the post office. Other than the post office, the only way to place anything in the box was by key, and she was the only on with the key.

(This was her NINTH claim of a hate crime against her, or her 'sons'. Other included a "noose" hanging from a tree, (which was later determined to be a dear spread). She acknowledges in her interview that no perpetrator was ever identified for ANY of the incidents.)

Anonymous said... - raw interview, 42 seconds

Anonymous said...

people can look super white and still have a black parent. also -- who cares -- if she identifies as black and is perceived that way -- -- I mean if bruce jenner can declare he's a woman this woman can be black if she feels that's her true self.

Frannie said...

In an article I read about her she claimed to be half black and half Indian. For faking black does this mean if she ever got grants, scholarships, pay, etc...for being "black" will she have to pay that back?
And the biggest question of all...why NOW are her parents outing her? have they just had enough of her BS?

Anonymous said...

Two words: Elizabeth Warren

Anonymous said...

OT- Not sure if SA has posted about 1 year old Leaona Wright missing. Please forgive if we have already discussed the case.

The mother of missing child says- "She was a pretty baby..." Mother also says, " she wants her back no matter the condition because she needs closure.."

Sounds like she says, "My baby is dead" in the background of the 911 call.

Here is links. Thanks-

Unknown said...

One of the articles I read said that her real parents were sought out after her latest fake hate letter episode got press, and her race came into question. (Might have been the article on Buzzfeed...I've read a lot of different ones, and they all add more info to the total picture.)

I got the impression from that article that her parents didn't seek to expose her, but simply answered questions that were posed to them, and provided pics as proof.

Wendy said...

Spokane police files on Dolezal’s report that she received a hate mail package and other mailing in late February and March were released. Police records say the initial package Dolezal reported receiving did not bear a date stamp or bar code, which Dolezal herself told police when she reported it. Investigators interviewed postal workers, who said it was either very unlikely or impossible that the package could have been processed through the post office, and that the only other alternative was that it had been put there by someone with a key.

However, several other pieces of mail sent in the same handwriting and style, and with the writer identifying himself in the same way as “War Pig (Ret.),” have been received by Dolezal, the Spokane Valley Police Department and The Spokesman-Review. Those other letters were date-stamped and postmarked from Oakland, California.

It was not clear from the reports, released through a public records request Wednesday, if the police investigation into the letter has concluded or was ongoing. Dolezal said Wednesday she believes it has reached an end, at least for the time being.

“They’re not going any further. … I didn’t hear the word closed, but I did hear there’s nothing more they can do at this time,” she said.

Dolezal said she received a key to the post office box when she became president of the NAACP earlier this year. Asked about the possibility that she had put the package there herself, she said, “That’s such bullshit. What mother would terrorize her own children?”

She said she was not questioned about that possibility by police, and was bothered by initial media reports about the package. “Nobody’s ever come out and said (they suspect me) directly, but I am bothered by the subtle implication,” she said.

Neumaier said he was suspicious of several incidents Dolezal reported in Coeur d’Alene, including her discovery of a swastika on the door of the Human Rights Education Institute when the organization’s security camera was “mysteriously turned off.”

“In all of these incidents (she reported in Coeur d’Alene), she was the sole witness to events that, when put under scrutiny, don’t hold up,” he said.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter what she "considers" herself.
Either she has African ancestry or she doesn't.

I have lived for decades in Latin America and speak the language perfectly, but that doesn't make me Latina.
This woman has deep problems, and obviously did something to darken her skin.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED Steve Martin in The Jerk! Fantastic acting. He was also great in Cars, Trains & Planes, with John Candy, probably my most favorite actor of all time. Chevy Chase too, who ultimately created something of a reputation for himself in being difficult to work with, was very good in his vacation/Walt Griswold movies. Not many movies I would want to sit through more than once but these few and a couple more.... okay.

As to Dolezal being black: In a pigs eye. She has a few lose screws, no doubt about it. She was born a light skinned blue eyed blond. Period. Not only has she kept her skin artificially tanned but has also permed and dyed her hair black.

Maybe her family is trying to take a step in getting some help for her in revealing that she is not black; or perhaps they sought legal advice and was advised to out her before she goes any further in getting herself in a big legal mess, and if she has already gone too far they will be able to prove that she has a mental problem; which, obviously she does have. I feel for them, having to tolerating her madness.

Anonymous said...

"can you imagine building an entire career on a lie ?"

Is that a political question?

overland express said...

This woman joins a long list of shape shifters we seem to celebrate nowadays.

Unknown said...

Hi Anon 12:33

Sure people can be light skinned with a black parent, but she doesn't have black parents. She is WHITE, and her parents are WHITE.

It's the extreme deception that is the problem. She can advocate for civil rights, wear bronzer/spray tan, and play pretend whatever she wants. BUT, it becomes an issue of concern for others when she is going around faking hate crimes, lying about her birth, her race, her son, her father, her history, etc...all while securing positions of influence based on these deceptions.

For every scholarship, grant, or position she received by lying about her race, she took advantage of people, and took the place of a REAL minority member who could have benefited.

When she took the head post of the NAACP, and took a position on the community oversight committee under false pretense, she not only eliminated that opportunity for another candidate, she damaged the credibility of these agencies, and their mission.

While claiming to advocate for minorities, she took from them to benefit herself. Her deceptions have wide reaching consequences, and have caused untold amounts of pain, confusion, and financial loss.

For example: She wasted tax payer dollars, LE resources, and inflamed racial tensions every time she reported a fake hate crime. She also damaged the credibility of those who report REAL hate crimes. She did this while heading the NAACP...The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People!

Her selfishness, and hypocrisy, far overshadow any 'good' she has done for the community she falsely claims to represent.

John Mc Gowan said...

fake hate crimes: a database of hate crime hoaxes in the usa

Anonymous said...

Excellent post Jen Ow... Far better than I could have done.

Add to that; she made a fool out of the blacks who trusted her.


Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about her hair. I wonder if it's a wig?
She had light colored hair before, but now it's black. Ok, she could be dying it. But perming and dying it can really damage the hair. I dye my hair about every 5-6 weeks. My hair grows quickly and I have noticable gray (gasp! Where did those come from!? Lol) roots. She would have noticable light roots unless it was a wig or she really stayed on top of the coloring. But the coloring would be evident because its brighter each time you do it. It fades over time. This is assuming she does it at home to avoid the public knowing.
If she uses someone professional, I wonder if they will come forward and say anything.

This whole situation is crazy and scary. Peter, you say that the outright liars that fabricate reality are rare, but it seems like more and more of them are cropping up.

What the hell is wrong with society when people so easily accept lies as truth? I know the Bible says truth will be exchanged for lies and what's wrong will become "right", I didnt think I would be living it or trying to raise kids in this time-frame.


Statement Analysis Blog said...


What it comes down to is that good is bad, up is down, and left is right.

This builds an amazing and continual voting block for politicians to cash in on.

Heather and I went to the movies last night, for the first time in years.

We saw "Spy" and ended up leaving before it ended.

We both see the talent in the leading actress, but how many times can one laugh because a fat person fell down, or passed gas?


I was stunned at the audience laughing at jokes that are insulting to a 14 year old.

Heather and I whispered back and forth to predict:

Watch him grab her breast.

Watch her fall down due to weight. (this one was repeated over and over).

How many times can one laugh because a female said, "F*** you!"?

Yet, there were people in their 60's and 70's belly laughing!

We weren't in Kansas.

Yes, special effects are marvelous today, but the dumbing down of America is more incredible. Heather said that on the radio show "Bob and Sherry", there is a reviewer on regularly who said that this was the greatest movie Hollywood has produced in many years.

just sayin' said...

I have not seen the movie, but your description evokes memories of awful Jerry Lewis comedies (minus the obscenities). He was considered by some to be a genius of physical comedy. His persona was of someone who is stupid, falls down, and therefore hilarious. I found it intolerable.

Tania Cadogan said...

entertainment these days goes for the lowest common denominator.

An attention span of 30 seconds, a simple plot, rampant female nudity, infantile jokes about bodily functions, swearing, lots of big bangs and tech stuff for the boys and maybe a bit of male butt for the ladies and you have a sure fire hit.

It is saddening that when i read the papers online (i begrudge paying money for a waste of paper)
When the women's section seems fixated on women's bodies being super skinny , how they achieved it, what they are wearing (or almost not wearing)
It seems to consist of clothes, looks, food and kids as if that is all today's woman can comprehend.

For men it is all half to fully naked ladies, cars, tools, jokes about bodily functions.

I like some of the old films though i am surprised when a scruffy street urchin for the east end enunciates in queen's English or perfectly pronounced clearly spoken Scottish (Greyfriars Bobby)

We seem to have gone from no real accents and queens English to incomprehensible strongly accented pseudo English requiring subtitles( which is highly amusing when even the subtitler can't understand what they are saying and guesses)

Yes some of the acting can be stilted, this applies even today.
Then we have reality TV, where people are famous for nothing apart from getting drunk, stripping off, bonking anyone in sight regardless of gender or confessing to some pseudo addiction/crime/victim hood.

TV and entertainment in general seems to be aimed at the intellectual level of a 6 yr old.

The sad thing is, i have found after learning SA for the past few years, films and series can be all so predictable, i find myself talking to myself he will do this, she will do that, that one will die, and so on.

They have to telegraph everything since the viewer/listener cannot understand the subtleties of a good dialogue and if all else fails flash a bosom or blow something up.

I do like some movies that rely on visual jokes (the minions) and the odd movie that doesn't rely on deep thought as long as the acting and plot make up for it.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

I found Jerry Lewis to be even more annoying than today's toilet humor.

Sara said...

This woman is sickening. "Oh, yeah, I feel your pain, sista." All the while lying her a$$ off! She reminds me of the fake 9/11 widow. That woman went around pretending to have lost her husband when the towers collapsed. She even was the leader of a victims rights organization for people who lost loved ones during the attack. She had everyone fooled, well almost everyone. A few doubters finally exposed her. The pain she inflicted on the REAL survivors was immense. I'm sure all that were close to Rachel will be feeling similar discomfort. Such betrayal.

Anonymous said...

"How do you know if someone is male or female? You check under the hood". Ahhh... but what about their DNA after they have had the sex change operation? ta da.... ! A dead give-away.

So okay, look under the hood! I just LOVE this.

A HHa...! You can tell by looking under the hood that the person has had a sex change operation. Want to know how I know this? Because I asked someone who has had the sex change operation from male to female. It would shock you to know what he told me, how this is done concerning the penis. Better ask someone else, it's too descriptive to post here. Small Hint: They have vaginal problems non stop.

The woman. Yes she is a nutcase. I can understand relating to the discrimination issues and frequent insults blacks face every day of their lives, starting with when they look in the mirror first thing in the morning. I have a great empathy and compassion for them myself; but to LIE to them that you are one yourself by birth?

This is not only sicko it is cruel to deceive them in this way, pretending to be one of them when you are not. There is NO WAY this woman could really comprehend and understand what it's like to be black day in and day out, just like it is impossible for me to know, even as much as I care for their many obstacles and would do (and have done) whatever I can to help them in any way I could.

But a sick game like this? Lord have mercy!! SOMEBODY, lock her up.

Anonymous said...

Right on about Jerry Lewis's nasal whine. Good heavens, how DID he ever make it? I just can't imagine, also can't imagine how he ever did so well in his donation marathons when the man was always sickening every time he opened his mouth.

The only thing I know of now that comes close to being worse is all the talking heads and talk shows who talk all at once and laugh over each other all at the same time! Is anyone enjoying this or having any fun with their shrill laughter and yakkty-yak where you can't even hear what they are saying, other than THEM?

Anonymous said...

Vicki posted:

Authorities in Iowa are looking for Karyn Renee Mehaffy. The 16-year-old girl was reportedly abducted by three individuals in a case that is still developing. KCCI News 8 reports that the teen was last seen in Winfield walking with her cousin when an SUV with three subjects pulled up and took her. Right now it’s hard to tell if this missing teen is in danger or if she’s voluntarily missing, but reports are specifically calling this an abduction.

A Facebook page has been set up to help in getting the word out about the teen’s disappearance through social media. Bring Karyn Renee Mehaffy Home page admins have been posting various details related to the case, including the names of the persons presumed responsible for this disappearance. Mainstream media reports have confirmed that the 16-year-old may be in the company of Wilfredo E. Martinez, who is described as being between 20 and 27 years old. The missing Iowa teen’s loved ones believe that this young man is behind her abduction. They shared more details about him, including photos, on the official page associated with the search.

“He has a Black BMW that may have been sprayed White.. also drives a silver RX8 and has alot[sic]of cash on hand to buy a car or whatever they need… He is armed and dangerous! Pleas call 911 if you have any info.”

It’s been over 24 hours since Karyn Renee Mehaffy was reportedly abducted by three individuals, and there have been no media reports sharing whether or not there are any new developments. Meanwhile, there don’t appear to be any publicized search efforts even though this teen was reportedly kidnapped right off a public street in front of at least one witness.

WQAD News reports that Karyn is 5’3″with a heavyset build. She has blue eyes and dyed blonde hair with recently dyed bangs in the color blue-green. She was reportedly last seen wearing a pair of green skinny jeans and a black sleeveless tee shirt when she was allegedly kidnapped by three individuals. The details in this strange case are still developing, but there is plenty of speculation on social media with people clashing about what they think is going on with this teen’s disappearance. Meanwhile, the only publicized fact at this point is that Karyn Mehaffy is missing, and has been missing for more than 24 hours. If you know anything about this missing Iowa teen’s disappearance, or if you think you may have sighted her, please do not hesitate to contact your local police or the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 319-385-2712.