On Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry defended Rachel Dolezal’s so-called ‘passing’ as Black.

“Is it possible that she might actually be Black?” Harris-Perry asked on her show.

“I want to be very careful here, because I don’t want to say it’s the equivalent of the transgender experience,” she said. “But there is a useful language in ‘trans’ and ‘cis,’ which is just to say some of us are born cisgendered and some of us are born transgendered.”

“But I wonder, can it be that one will be cis-black and trans-black?” Harris-Perry added. “That there is actually a different category of blackness, that is about the achievement of blackness, despite one’s parentage?”

Harris-Perry’s guest, Allyson Hobbs, author of A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life.

“Why not?” replied Hobbs.

“One thing that she said that I found so fascinating was she said her identity is multilayered, and that her identity is very complicated.”

Um..it’s not that complicated.

What’s so hard to see that a woman tanned herself darker, wore kinky wigs and lied?

Why is it so hard for these people to point this out? Everything Dolezal did for the NAACP could have been done as a white woman.

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  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

    I wrote this earlier today about Fauxahontas and I’ll repeat it here:

    Oh, for fuck’s sakes. This is all another silly chapter in the,
    ‘Whatever it Takes to Take the Blame off of a White Person Chronicles’.
    People are making up words, making up conditions, making up phenomena to
    justify what this con artist did because God forbid a white person
    should have to take some of that ‘responsibility’ stuff they’re always
    barking at black people to take (for you see, black people exist in a
    vacuum, but that’s another discussion). I had never even heard the word
    ‘transracial’ a week ago and there was certainly no discussion of ‘the
    fluidity of race’ before some white woman decided to slum it in the
    ghetto. ‘How could anyone ever not want to be white when out driving at
    night? We’ll have to put on our cultural theory caps with this one. Oh,
    make sure that the white person is the (tragic) heroine, who just wants
    us all to get along. Why won’t you blacks accept that? Why won’t you
    blacks listen when white people are talking and teaching you about what
    it’s like to be black today? I mean, WE’D KNOW!’

    I know how people break out into hives at the very syllables, ‘white
    guilt’ because their parents didn’t own slaves (shocking!) and blah,
    blah, blah. But this white has guilt.

    Deal with it.

  • Mary Burrell

    I watched this on Sunday morning and just shook my head and i just couldn’t believe Harris-Perry was eating up this foolishness and falling for the okey-doke. Harris-Perry has really disappointed me this past week in regards to this clown Dolezal. SMH and sighing.