Rachel Dolezal is to BLACKFACE what some DRAG QUEENS are to TRANS FACE

Comparing Jenner to Dolezal is like comparing apples to oranges.

Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal

She isn’t transracial. She’s not trans anything, She is a white very delusional woman who should really seek help.

First my apologies to any and all drag artists I might have offended with the title. There are a lot of drag artists who use their skills without using defamatory language or ill intent. To those artists, a heartfelt apology for lumping you in with the likes of Rachel Dolezal.

But to the drag queens who can’t just stop using words you know harm trans people you have a lot in common with Dolezal. Both you and her are putting on face, utilizing cisgender privilege for profit and fame.

Rachel Dolezal is white.

She is not black. She wears makeup and does her hair to make her appear as black. She does this to fool other people into beleaving she is truly black. Thusly she puts on the blackface show.

She is not transracial. She is not trans anything.

Rachel Dolezal’s life experiences have nothing in common with the transgender experience for this one reason. Transgender people live to be authentic, willingly forgoing cisprivilage. Rachel Dolezal fools people into making them think she is someone she is not, all the while making full use of the white cisprivilege she was born with.

Camille Gear Rich wrote this highly problematic commentary for CNN in which she argued that “Rachel Dolezal has a right to be black.

CNN)When it comes to identity, America takes one step forward and two steps back.

On Monday, Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, resigned in shame because she had posed as a black woman even though she is biologically white.

The outing of Dolezal seems ironic given the recent public embrace of Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner. Jenner seems to have ushered in an era of greater tolerance about the constructed nature of identity. After all, when a transgender woman is elevated to the cover of Vanity Fair, it’s as though we have reached a tipping point. We can accept the idea that one’s social identity can be radically transformed if it doesn’t match with what one feels in the heart.

The stark difference in Dolezal’s treatment forces us to ask what’s the difference between claiming a gender identity versus a racial identity? Why is it that we celebrate Bruce Jenner’s gender change and frown upon Rachel Dolezal’s racial change?

Dolezal’s claims have been compared to the struggles of the transgender community, prompting questions about the legitimacy of being transracial. When asked about the comparison, Dolezal said she does relate to the transgender experience after reading Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair profile.

“I cried because I resonated with some of the themes of isolation – of being misunderstood, especially in this very high-pressure, high-risk, low-trust, pressured, stressed, even borderline attacked experience in my life right now,” Dolezal said.

When all else fails we can always look to John’s sense of humor and reality.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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