Race, Integrity and Identity

Please read the previous post – Race and Integrity.  It is a posting of the article: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/spokane-naacp-upset-rachel-dolezal-won-address-race-claims-article-1.2258478

Couple of questions and I mean this with all sincerity.  Race and sexual preference are bad comparisons but they are often our only choice.

Our culture is now saying that this woman could “identify” as a man and live as a man and use men’s restrooms without question.  Any challenge is hatred.  She really is a woman but “feels” like a man so she can be a man.   Why can’t she “identify” as a black woman?  She has immersed herself into black culture.  She looks black.  She has a black family and teaches African Studies.  What is wrong with her identifying as a black woman.  Why should her integrity be challenged?  If her parents had said she was born a female but was identifying as a man, no one would be able to challenge her sexual stand.  Right?

Was she lying about being black or was she simply living out her true identity?  Who are her critics to call her a liar?

We have opened the door to “identity” rather than fact.  If a boy wants to wear a dress and “be a girl” we let him.  We have assemblies and tell other students not to bother “her”.  What if that same boy “identifies” with being Hispanic or black?  Doesn’t he have the same privilege?  Can we support him to live out his identity and not criticize him?



About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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One Response to Race, Integrity and Identity

  1. Korina Moran says:

    Brian, I was just talking to a couple people about this over the weekend. With Bruce/Caitlin and this white/black woman revealing their inner selves about the same time, it makes me wonder if we aren’t who we really determine that our spirit is inside. I mean… we are our spirit, right??? I wonder about that. Do we focus too much on our bodies when it’s our soul that is the most important part of us? One of the people who I threw this question out to is my nephew, (who is black/hispanic/white and gay). I wondered with him if we are who we say we are inside? Or are we who our bodies are? I expected a strong response. He just said, “Wow. I don’t know.” Interesting….

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