The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro”

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The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro”

In trying to make sense of Rachel Dolezal, the self-identified “black” woman of two white parents, and the thought -provoking queries now raised about transracialsim and transethnicity Boston Globe cartoonist Dan Wasserman provided me with an answer:
“How does a confused Caucasian woman come to define the national conversation on race? What Lies Matter!”

According to Dolezal her “transracial dysphoria” (a black woman trapped in a spray-tanned white blue-eyed blonde’s body) began around the tender age of 5. “I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon and the black curly hair. That was how I was portraying myself, ” Dolezal told Matt Lauer, the host of NBC’s “The Today Show." And in speaking to Savannah Guthrie in an interview for NBC’s “Nightly News,” Dolezal stated “Nothing about being white describes who I am.”

But to the contrary, EVERYTHING! Dolezal has done to create her fictive black life narrative speaks resoundingly so, such as the following:
Doing Black face as performance by darkening her skin, appropriating fashions and hairstyles associated with black women, taking on black vernacular and affectations, claiming black on an application for the Spokane police commission, pretending to be black running the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, renouncing her white privilege by appropriating a black victim status with bogus claims of hate crimes, and choosing when to come out as black.

In 2002 Dolezal sued her alma matter, Howard University, one of the oldest historically black colleges in the country, for discriminating against her for being white. In 2007, according to Dolezal’s mother, she began coming out and identifying with the black community. In avoiding the public’s questions how she masterfully duped Spokane’s African American community while heading its NAACP chapter being “incog-Negro” Dolezal deflected attention away from herself by exploiting the troubling construction of race as her answer.

"While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness, we can NOT afford to lose sight of the [broader social issues] that affect millions, often with a life or death outcome,” wrote Dolezal, 37. “This is not about me. It’s about justice.” People of color “passing” as white is part of the America’s troubling race legacy. It was done to advance a person’s lot in life for better jobs, housing, and education, and to remove one’s self for the day-to-day dehumanizing discrimination confronted