Jeff Charles


Jeff Charles is a freelance writer specializing in politics, issues of race and law enforcement.He is the founder of Artisan Owl Media.

Rachel Dolezal — the Queen of Cultural Appropriation — is in the spotlight again with her new book entitled In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World. In an interview with Salon, Ms. Dolezal discussed how her life has progressed since she was unmasked as a white woman pretending to be black.

For those unfamiliar with Rachel Dolezal, she gained infamy after masqueraded as a black woman until the startling 2015 discovery that her parents were white. Ms. Dolezal then became the subject of ridicule for both the left and the right. She lost her position as the head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, and – according to a recent report – was unemployed and living on food stamps.

In the Salon interview, Ms. Dolezal discussed the stigma associated with a concept called “race fluidity.”

There was stigma [for being transgender] in the past, for sure, and that still perpetuates. … But there’s more acceptance for gender fluidity than there is for race fluidity right now, and I don’t think anybody would deny that.

She expressed her hope that race fluidity could one day be accepted, just as American culture has accepted members of the LGBT community.

There was a time when we did call transgender, and even gay and bisexual, people crazy — and [said they had] mental health issues and all these clinical terms — just stigmatized and rejected [them]. Maybe we will evolve and grow, and racial fluidity will become a thing in 20 years?

Race fluidity — similar to gender fluidity — is the absurd idea that one can choose a race with which to be a member. Though not the only one, Rachel Dolezal is perhaps the most well-known figure who claims race fluidity. She is correct when she says that people who identify as different genders were perceived as mentally ill in the past. Medical experts still agree with that assessment. Dr. Paul R. McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, recently asserted that transgenderism is a mental disorder that requires treatment. According to CNS News:

The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.

Unfortunately, the left believes the way to help individuals with this condition is to pretend that their delusions are valid. While maligning climate change skeptics as “science deniers,” they willfully ignore scientific evidence that shows transgenderism to be biologically impossible. The type of belief system that supports the idea that one can choose their gender is the same that would prompt one to think they can choose their race.

The reality is that a white woman cannot become a black woman. Being black is far more than just biology; there are deep-seated cultural factors that shape the experiences of a black person in the United States. Ms. Dolezal cannot truly understand the experience of a black woman just as an Asian person cannot understand the experience of a Hispanic person.

While Ms. Dolezal is clearly delusional, she did not come to this conclusion on her own. The left’s culture of relativity is causing people to develop other types of comparable delusions. Paul Wolscht, for example, is a 52-year old husband and father who decided to live his life as a 6-year old girl.

The left has also promulgated these ideas on college campuses, though that is hardly a surprise. The Family Policy Institute of Washington created a video featuring college students that shows how far relativism has progressed in our society. In the video, the host interviews students on a college campus and asked them a number of questions. These include:

  • If I told you I was a woman, what would you say?
  • What if I told you I was a Chinese woman?
  • What if I said I was 6’5″ tall (he is clearly shorter than that).

In each of these instances, the students were willing to affirm the hosts’ beliefs regardless of the fact that his claims were patently false.

The ironic reality is that while the left has not yet accepted the idea of race fluidity, there is no viable argument they can make to repudiate it. The concept of gender fluidity is predicated on the notion that a person’s biology can be inconsistent with the way they view themselves. Simply put, a woman can be born into a man’s body.

Regrettably, Ms. Dolezal may be correct when she says that “racial fluidity will become a thing in 20 years.” If the left is going to support transgenderism, how will they tell a white woman that she can’t be a black woman in a white woman’s body? It is confusing, but leftist ideas are typically nonsensical. There is no logical argument for the notion that transgenderism is viable while race fluidity is not. If the left continues to dominate the culture, race fluidity will indeed become a reality.

Hopefully, people on the right can use their voices to bring some much-needed common sense to the culture. With the results of the presidential election, conservatism seems to have become popular once again — especially among younger people. This is in part a result of the backlash against the leftist ideas of political correctness and “tolerance.” Americans are waking up to the left’s dangerous orthodoxy — and beginning to reject it. Let us hope this trend continues.