I didn't think "shitstorm" was a strong enough word for this.
Short version: Woman in Spokane who is the head of the city's chapter of the NAACP and also teaches African-American Studies at Eastern Washington University and who has been identifying herself as black has turned out to probably be totally white. Her parents are both white and are saying that she's "misrepresenting her ethnicity."
This is so bad. For so many reasons. But don't take my word for it. You should be listening to black people about it.
Dear Rachel: A Letter From Goldie Taylor To #RachelDolezal
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Rachel Dolezal's deception: her 'black' identity doesn't make sense – or make her black
And it gets worse. TWEFS (trans women-exclusionary feminists) and other assholes are trying to compare Dolezal to Caitlyn Jenner, saying that being "transracial" (a term that they are utterly misusing because they don't know what the fuck it actually means) is the same as being transgender, so we should accept her, right? Or we should also be rejecting Jenner. Fucking hell.
Why Comparing Rachel Dolezal To Caitlyn Jenner Is Detrimental To Both Trans And Racial Progress
To be clear, transracial is actually a term that describes a person of color who was adopted into a white family. It is sometimes generalized to mean any person who is adopted into a family of a different race. It has nothing to do with changing one's race. Also, being transgender does not mean that you changed your gender. It means you were assigned one gender at birth, but that assignment was wrong.
So yeah, all of this is completely fucked.