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I Am What I Say I Am
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        Is it true nowadays that if Billy says he wants to be a girl, since he's felt like one all his life, he can be one, for the right price? Or if Mary says she feels more comfortable in the boys lavatory at ABC Elementary School, she can just use it? Or, if you live in New York, and uncle Fred wants to marry his young and beautiful niece Megan, all they have to do is say the words "I do" and the deal is done. Now we have one Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Oregon leader of the NAACP, whose parents tell us that she is of white Swedish and German descent. But Rachel, who claims she began to disguise herself early in her life, which her parents refute, tells the world she is black. She did attend Howard University, a historically black school, married and divorced a black man, and claims, "(Racial identity) is not as easy as it seems. There's a lot of complexities...and I don't know that everyone would understand that. We're all from the African continent." On published accounts of her being a black woman, she said "I never corrected that...it's more complex than being true or false in that particular instance." Miss Dolezal said she told people that a black friend was her father. Her son said he views her as "culturally black and racially human."
        I suppose it is true that whatever ethnic group Adam and Eve were, biblically, everyone who has ever lived or still lives, is of that same ethnicity. It would be hard to give that race a name, of course. Outside of a biblical reference point, however, using that logic, giving ourselves a particular ethnic identification would depend on the knowledge of whatever "race" first walked up out of the slimy sea and evolved into "man." A tough nut to crack, maybe?
        What is disturbing to me about Miss Dolezal mostly, is the number of people simply using what is beginning to be a common catch-all ploy used in politics these days. That is to spin your sought after goal any way it justifies your agenda, true or not. Make up words, re-define words, bring in racial bias. In short, do or say anything it takes to gain leverage, or an edge, or even attention. What ever makes you happy. Any means to your end. A famous up and coming female candidate for president in 2016 said, "If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hair style."
        Still, I wonder why Rachel Dolezal, who has resigned her post with the NAACP, wouldn't want to instead be beautiful, or rich, or popular, or a great musician or athlete? But, some people claim to be Santa Claus, others Jesus Christ, some even God. Surely they wouldn't lie just to make headlines, would they?