Why is Rachel Dolezal not “Heroic?”

Rachel Dolezal, former head of the NAACP in Spokane Washington, exposes something about our culture:  We lie to ourselves, and we lie to each other.  “How are you today?”  Your automatic answer:  “Fine.”    It’s accepted, it’s normal.  But we lie about little things, so what if we lie about big things too?  What’s the difference?  And who decides what kind of lie is important to expose, and which is trivial?

Maybe, it’s just how the lie is interpreted.  If you lie on an application, claiming you made more money than you did at your old job so the new employer won’t source you cheaply, they can do a background check to verify your income.  If you lie about your education, the school can provide the same verification to tell your prospective employer you’re a big fat liar who never got out of High School, and certainly did not earn a doctorate at Harvard.  If you’re not really qualified to do a job because you don’t have the required basic skills, someone has to train you, or if the employer is wise, they’ll screen you by a background to find it out before they even hire you.

If you lie in a social setting, it’s not likely anyone will care, depending on the circumstance.  “I couldn’t bring Johnny to the party because we had a family emergency,” is a whole lot better than, “Johnny hates your son because he’s a bully so he threw a fit when we were about to come over.”

The point is, there seem to be different kinds of lies, but it’s all dishonesty.

We draw imaginary lines on our lie spectrum, socially accepting one lie and damning another, based on public opinion or the loudest voices.

The trouble is, not only do we lie to ourselves and to each other, we’re being lied to by people who are saying they’re telling the truth, and we’re supposed to trust them.  This habitual offense leads to a lot of confusion.

God’s prophet Isaiah had some choice words for liars.  Go ahead, click it and read it.  Dare you.

Brian Williams says he was on the front lines in a war, but he was caught lying and now he’s trying to rebuild his credibility.  This seems like the right response to the lie, by him admitting it, and by his employers taking him out of the limelight of his journalistic position.

Bruce Jenner says he identifies as a woman and has surgery to fix God’s apparent design error.  He legally changed his name to Caitlyn.  Bruce is lying to himself and has money so he can do whatever he wants, but does the lie make him some kind of hero?  The media have latched onto his story and everyone is supposed to celebrate with Bruce.  The social organizations and individuals that support and promote gender confusion are all celebrating his choice.

Rachel Dolezal, adopted into an African American family, says she has always self-identified as “black.”  She was head of the NAACP, because she so strongly represented the mission and goals of the organization.  But Rachel was lying to herself about her racial heritage.  With this becoming public knowledge, Rachel has resigned the position.  The NAACP, and Rachel, can do whatever they want, but does self-identifying as black and defending African Americans so staunchly that you’re elected president of the NAACP make Rachel some kind of “White Devil?”  The media have latched onto her story and everyone is supposed to mistrust Rachel.  The social organizations and individuals that support and promote racism are all celebrating her exposure and resignation from the job.

If Caitlyn is a hero because she has money enabling her to make a choice for herself, Rachel is more heroic, because she made a choice to encourage, support and defend others, a group of people she technically wasn’t even a part of.  If she did a good enough job at it to become the president of her local chapter, why demonize her?  Caitlin has taken a new gender, for herself.  Rachel gave of herself in support of others.

In the grand scheme of things, why is Rachel Dolezal not “Heroic,” but Caitlyn is?  It’s called “spin.”  Which one is more like Jesus,

“6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God
something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross[?]!

In the same chapter, Paul said, “3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”  Rachel was looking out for others, but Caitlyn was only doing something for herself.

Who’s the real hero here?


One thought on “Why is Rachel Dolezal not “Heroic?”

  1. What upsets me most about this is the difference between communities. Jenner is celebrated, loved, if you will, by the community she adopted, but Dolezal is hated and ostracized instead of being adopted and embraced by the very people she loved enough to adopt. Dolezal, adopted by a black family, loved them and the people she identified most with. Where’s the reciprocation of love for Dolezal?


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