There is a lot of discussion about Rachel Dolezal. This blog will not be about whether I agree or disagree with what she decided to do. However, this blog will encourage the readers to reflect upon the history of the US. Trans-race, passing, or race trading is part of the fabric of this country. Have you heard or read about black people deciding to be white? If not, go back and read many primary source documents regarding the actions some took.

Some may say, “Okay, back then I can understand why people decided to change their race, but why would Rachel decide to change her race?”

Only Rachel knows why she selected to identify as an African-American woman. However, this phenomenon transcends the black/white dichotomy. Have you known any Arabs who said they were Hispanic? How about Jews who said they were white, non-Jews. What about Africans trying to pass as being Jamaican. I am sure there are a plethora of examples of trans-race/race trading.

These United States were founded upon racial differences. Sometimes it is difficult for people from other countries to understand this. However, in the past, it was difficult being an African-American. Before we place judgement upon Rachel, let’s reflect on our own pasts.

We can think of those who are of different religions not identifying with that religion in certain settings. It is time for us in the US to have the conversation of race. Not an argument and not an assault, but a conversation. My final question, who was the first to distinguish the difference between beings? Let’s talk.

Rachel Dolezal

Courtesy of

2 thoughts on “Trans-Race, Passing, Race Trading or whatever you want to call it.

  1. I just read this, and I found it very interesting. One her facial features would lead me to believe that she did have African DNA in her blood line, and two America has had a long history of, you had to define what race you were whether you liked it or not. There were states that had laws to define what race you where, so as low as, 1/16 of black blood in you you were, what? Black. So what she decided to define herself now in 2015 is personal up to her. Now I was a little concern, if she felt guilty for being white. She seems to have dedicated her life to being apart of the NAACP. We should all strive to be good people who behave fairly with each other. But we can’t feel guilty about who we were born to be. I was born Brown and a woman and became everything else because of the choices I made. I hope her choices are because she believes in the cause of the NAACP, not to rectify things she didn’t cause or trying to profit from being one of us. Like the Indian man who went around pretending he was black. He was colored, but he didn’t have to pretend he was a black American.

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s