I hope you remember Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP branch president who falsely claimed to be black, double-talked and lied about her racial origins, and was defended by the “race is just a social construct” crowd on the left, as part of the same ideological fantasy that holds that a man can be a woman by just deciding that she is one. Ethics Alarms discussed her strange story here, here, and here.
Following her 15 minutes of fame, Rachel was somehow unable to manage a book contract or a speaking tour, perhaps because she is a walking, talking Achilles heel for several beloved progressive myths, Now she’s jobless and living on food stamps, and facing foreclosure and expects to be evicted next month.
“There’s no protected class for me,” she told The Guardian. “I’m this generic, ambiguous scapegoat for white people to call me a race traitor and take out their hostility on. And I’m a target for anger and pain about white people from the black community. It’s like I am the worst of all these worlds…I do think a more complex label would be helpful, but we don’t really have that vocabulary. I feel like the idea of being trans-black would be much more accurate than ‘I’m white.’ Because you know, I’m not white.”
Of course, she is.
Dolezal says she’s been rejected for over 100 jobs. She has had offers on the freak show circuit, in porn and reality TV. But Dolezal is not uneducated or dumb. Surely there are many jobs that she could perform, and well.
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz Of The Day is this…
Would you hire Rachel Dolezal?
If you read the linked posts, you know my answer. Dolezal is either a pathological liar or nuts; which is a close call, but neither is something I would seek in an employee. Still, I can see arguments for redemption, compassion, kindness, a second chance. Maybe someone can convince me that Rachel deserves a reprieve. I would be easier to convince if she stopped claiming to be black.
I wouldn’t hire Elizabeth Warren, either, for similar reasons, except she’s not nuts. A majority of voter in my home state do not agree, apparently believing that Native American heritage is also a “construct.”
One final note: if your stomach is feeling steady, check out the comments to the story on Tucker Carlson’s site. If my website attracted readers that ugly, cruel, bigoted and racist, I’d shut it down.