Dolezal's parents have started a media frenzy by accusing their daughter of falsifying her racial identity and presuming a different lifestyle, different from that of which she was born. Her parents say that the family history is "Czech, Swedish and German, with a touch of Native American heritage."
HOLD ON. STOP. [RECORD SCREECH TO A HALT]
Let me get this straight. This woman is coming under fire because her parents, individuals that should be loving and supporting her, are creating a media storm that focuses on what Rachel looks like and how she is dressing and doing her hair?! Nevermind all the work this woman has done with the community, and promoting the African American race and equality. Nevermind the countless hours she must have put in with her students at the university. Currently we, as a society, are pissed off and surprised because a woman who is white isn't "acting" white? As far as I can read in the news, Rachel had filled out one form that detailed herself as white, black, and other mixed race. Granted, this is not true, however, I haven't seen or read anything where she exclaims emphatically "I AM A PROUD BLACK WOMAN!"
I have seen many instances where individuals who feel more connected with, are immersed in, or even admire another culture fully take on this culture, even to the point of dressing differently, changing their hairstyle, and changing their behavior. In a variety of cultures. Not just the African American one. I have even been reading about cultures that begin to shun individuals who act "too white." Bottom line here: No I don't know this woman's whole story. She could be totally kooks (although I hope not), however we as a society need to embrace individuals that are doing good for their community and celebrate them, as they are. Rachel isn't hurting anybody, and she clearly has made it her life's work to further a particular culture. I think it is awesome that she is trying to be the self that she feels most comfortable in, and is really following her passions. I think it is shameful that her parents are so unsupportive and are bringing in such negative light to their daughter. I hope communities will stand by Rachel for the good things that she has done. In any case, I think Rachel rocks the sh*t out of those braids....