A Case Study
Ever since Rachel Dolezal became famous for pretending to be black in 2015, her story has fascinated me. On the one hand, she is a traitor to her people and an unstable basket case. On the other, she is a talented white person who has been failed by modern Western society. She has an artist’s temperament and, like the proverbial “canary in the coal mine,” is acutely sensitive to the rootlessness that plagues white people today. She is a good example of why it is necessary for White Nationalists to provide a vision that will attract creative people and prevent them from falling into the hands of the enemy.
Rachel was born and raised in a small town of a thousand people in northwestern Montana. She was a precocious child who excelled in academics, art, and athletics. Her parents are fundamentalist Christians. When she was a teenager, the Dolezals adopted four black children (three African-Americans and one Haitian). This was a turning point in Rachel’s life and catalyzed her gradual transformation.
Upon graduating from high school, Rachel studied art at Belhaven College and Howard University. Her art, which mostly depicts black people, has been shown in 14 states. Beginning in 2010, Rachel taught Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University. From 2014 to 2015, she served as President of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Since she was exposed as a race-faker in 2015, she has been unemployable and has made a living braiding black women’s hair and posting pictures on OnlyFans.
When she was with the NAACP, Rachel staged a number of “hate crimes” against herself. Now that she is known to be white, she has been the target of harassment and intimidation, which she never was when she was perceived as black. Funny how life works.
The conventional explanation for the phenomenon of race-fakers is that they are conniving status-seekers who want to benefit from the perks that come with being non-white in academic and professional circles. This is generally true, but Rachel’s situation is more complicated. She did not decide to portray herself as black on a whim; her transformation unfolded over several years. When she was exposed as a white woman, she conspicuously refrained from placating the mob and issuing a trite, cookie-cutter apology on social media. Instead of dropping the act, she legally changed her name to the West African “Nkechi Amare Diallo” and gave an interview with a map of Africa in the background. She sees her fidelity to her black identity as a matter of artistic integrity and authenticity and refuses to back down from it. Her resolve is admirable; if only she defended her actual racial heritage with the same gusto.
Rachel claims that she always identified as black and that as a young child, she drew herself with a brown crayon. According to her parents, however, Rachel showed no signs of identifying as black as a child, though her fascination with other peoples and cultures was evident from a young age.
In my article “Is Xenophilia A Mental Illness?” I noted that xenophilia is linked to various maladaptive conditions and argued that in its most extreme and pathological form, it could be considered a mental disorder in its own right. I also noted that high openness, which is correlated with some degree of xenophilia, in itself is not pathological and in fact contributes to our flourishing as a race. Generally speaking, mental illnesses are simply extreme forms of otherwise adaptive traits. In a family affected by schizophrenia, some members will be institutionalized for life, while others will exhibit a mild, subclinical manifestation of the condition that involves elevated creativity. For instance, David Bowie had schizophrenic relatives. Some people straddle the line between mental pathologies and their more adaptive forms: Rachel is an example of this, as her extreme xenophilia and fabulism coexist with artistic talent.
It is possible that Rachel’s black persona is in part an attempt to dissociate herself from her parents, whose religious fanaticism and use of corporal punishment are corroborated by her siblings (see The Rachel Divide). But I suspect that Rachel’s artistic nature played a greater role in her embrace of black culture and identity than family drama.
When Rachel claims that she “always” felt black, what she really means is that she always felt different from those around her on account of being naturally creative and artistically inclined. She probably identified with her black siblings because they were also outsiders in their all-white small town. A similar dynamic can be observed in a subset of young people who identify as transgender nowadays. They invariably claim that they were “always” transgender, even though relatives report that they seemed comfortable with their biological sex as children. In reality, they feel different because of their natural gifts and latch onto transgenderism because it provides a convenient explanation for their alienation and promises a cure.
Artistic types are also particularly preoccupied with identity. A defining theme of their lives, and often of their work, is the search for the self. They prize individuality, authenticity, and self-expression; at the same time, they have a weaker and more fluid sense of self due to their high openness. In the past, creative white people were instilled with pride in their heritage and were steeped in their culture and traditions, but today they are rootless and adrift, making them doubly susceptible to identity issues. It’s no wonder that transgenderism, with its promise of self-discovery and “hero’s journey” narrative, is appealing to them. Rachel had the misfortune of identifying as black instead of transgender, but the underlying psychology is exactly the same.
Most LGBT-identifying young people today are trend-hopping social climbers or dysgenic losers who are naturally heterosexual but cosplay as “queer” for social approval. But some of them are creative young white people experiencing genuine identity confusion. Like Rachel, many of them occupy the grey area between mental illness and heightened openness and creativity. The high rates of mental illness and suicidal ideation among LGBT-identifying young people (which are supposedly due to “bigotry” but seemingly increase every year despite widespread tolerance) are partly due to the fact that troubled teens who would have merely been goth or punk in the past increasingly identify as LGBT.
In addition to being an outlet for adolescent rebellion, LGBT identity, particularly transgenderism, functions as a surrogate ethnic identity that offers young white people the meaning and collective purpose that they are forbidden to derive from their heritage as white Americans. Blackness serves a similar function for Rachel. As a teenager, she read widely about black history and culture in an effort to learn about her siblings’ background. She was probably drawn to the cohesiveness and vitality of black culture. Creative types are also highly idealistic and are drawn to political causes. They are natural seekers and crave an artistic mission and a higher purpose in life. Rachel found this in social justice activism.
Rachel has claimed that “nothing about being white” describes her. What she really means is that she believes that white people have no culture, no future, and no purpose. This sentiment is common among many white Americans, but she feels it more strongly than most.
Rachel’s story speaks to the failure of mainstream conservatism to give young white people a sense of identity and meaning. Her parents are colorblind Christian conservatives and supported her anti-racist activism (this phenomenon is, of course, typical, even though liberals would find it shocking). They are bewildered by Rachel’s black persona, but their colorblind outlook bears some of the blame for how she turned out.
Rachel’s story recalls the story of Bruno Dössekker, a Swiss man who falsely claimed to be a Holocaust survivor named “Binjamin Wilkomirski” in Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood. His graphic “memoir” of Nazi persecution was celebrated by the Jewish community and won the National Jewish Book Award. It was exposed as a fraud three years after its publication. Like Rachel, Dössekker was deeply committed to his fake Jewish identity even after he was exposed. He also was a creative type; he was a professional musician and obviously had an active imagination. This would have exacerbated the identity issues he experienced both at the personal level, having been abandoned by his mother, and as a consequence of having grown up in post-war Europe. Dössekker had an uneasy relationship with his Swiss heritage; Fragments portrays Swiss folk hero William Tell as a Nazi officer.
There are also parallels between Rachel and Sylvia Plath. Plath, who was of German and Austrian descent, was a talented but disturbed woman who came of age in an era when anti-German sentiment was widespread. She identified with Jews and envied their rootedness. Her artistic temperament made her particularly sensitive to anti-German hatred, even though she lacked a framework through which to understand it.
Given that she is already a social outcast, Rachel has nothing to lose by embracing white identity. But given that she is a single mother with three black sons and has been an anti-racist activist for most of her life, she is probably too far gone. Her story should be seen as a cautionary tale. Artists can either be purveyors of decadence and confusion or myth-makers who elevate their people, depending on the environment in which they are cultivated. Identifying young people with creative inclinations and instilling them with a sense of identity and pride is crucial to any society’s health.
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Hey, Dolezal, Sideshow Bob called…
This is an insightful article, A.G; I like your take.
Cautionary tale indeed.
Interesting topic. A good one to explore.
I don’t know how important the creative thing is. I think it’s more the base reasons. People will do anything to feel ‘normal’ and feel in some kind of equilibrium, even if it’s nuts. Mental illness essentially. And whatever propensity exists for this is magnified by the environment.
When you are continually exposed to white straight people delegitimized, marginalized, condemned while other groups are lauded, it’s no wonder some people seek some way out to feel acceptable or valid , and this may take extreme forms.
Trannyism may seem crazy to most, but these people, often very young, may have a breaking point towards what they perceive as some kind of pressure. And in these susceptible types it’s going to be way earlier and more extreme. Add in a bit of Jewish sexual gaslighting and social media and you have recipe for disaster.
Obviously the media and education are a big part of this kind of nonsense.
But in Dolezal’s case, I would imagine a sense of confusion and betrayal towards her parents adopting blacks would be a big thing with her.
“She was probably drawn to the cohesiveness and vitality of black culture.”
The vibrancy… A lot of people put blacks on a pedestal. They uncritically admire black athletes, black musicians, black actors, black anything. They perceive something more ‘alive’, less constrained, more rooted in the moment. And then they’re also simultaneously told that blacks are ‘oppressed’ and are victims of injustice. I think many whites are very confused about this. There are whites nowhere near Dolezal’s level who would, in their own words like to be an ‘honorary black’.
And indeed, we must never forget the wigger phenomenon. I used to know a serious hardcore wigger many years ago. You could say Dolezal took it further in terms of how she identified, but this guy took it about as far as anyone could.
It was very odd to be around and the guy had inverted many things, although he would switch between a white and black mode depending on who he was around. He was from a fairly middle class background.
Agree with these parallels about Jews too.
Putting blacks on a pedestal elevates them artificially in society. You combine this with people, especially young people, who think pop culture, movies, etc is an accurate depiction of reality and they can’t understand why there aren’t more black scientists, engineers, pilots, etc.
I remember back when Dolezal first made headlines there were some theories around the DR that the root of all this was her weirdo parents had showed more affection to their adopted Black kids than they did to her when she was growing up, so she had to become Black to get noticed in that family. I’ve always thought that was the most plausible explanation, but the artistic thing could be accurate as well.
Another thing maybe more controversial is that White women seem more prone to these kinds of mental illnesses than other women.
That is the popular theory, but I’m not convinced. Rachel claims that the black children were treated worse. Two of them are also estranged from the parents.
I think the “transracial” phenom is analogous to the fact that the “trans” community, in an odd stroke of luck, tilts strongly toward the male-to-female type.
Society has made it so undesirable to be a white male, people are escaping into more “acceptable” identities.
I agree with perception and I don’t know for sure, but my understanding was that young women are more likely to go down this hole now than men, incredible as it sounds, albeit for different reasons. Social media seems to be a significant factor among these young girls spreading their anxieties and these ideas between each other on tik tok and tumblr. And that made me think of Dolezal.
“Society has made it so undesirable to be a white male, people are escaping into more “acceptable” identities.”
There is also the opportunist angle. Both Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren falsely claimed native American blood to ride the Affirmative Action train into tenured university jobs. Churchill got canned by the University of Colorado for research dishonesty, sued and eventually got zip — hurrah!
Don’t forget, she also claims to be bisexual and to have had relationships with women.
There is another recent imbecile pretending to be an “Ethnic Type.” Given a cushy job with zero hiring due diligence.
Her mom seems cool to rat her out. I’m hoping this Saraswati chick also posts on Only Fans as she is a little more attractive than Rachel Dolezal.
Primary education curriculum should include exchange programs or at least travel to shithole countries. Let kids discover first-hand the wonders of “diverse cultures” and hopefully not get raped and/or murdered. Maybe then they wouldn’t grow up and want to identify as a Third Worlder.
The Dead Kennedys’ song Holiday in Cambodia sums up how much soul the slums have.
Surely it would be better to send the youngsters to Detroit or Baltimore but screening a film on the bus there and back depicting those cities pre Civil Rights.
As for that moderately attractive Calabrio-Anglo woman with a gypsy vibe, at thirty-nine she’s most unlikely to be contributing to the next generation but do we really want to be encouraging anyone into manipulative pornography?
The goal is White genocide. The first step is the death of White culture.
Make racism the worst thing, then make all Whites racist.
Make White supremacy the greatest threat in the world.
Encourage inter-racial dating though ads, TV shows social media (When was the last time you saw a show with a white hetero couple where both were strong healthy individuals in a strong relationship?) Also do a search on Apple or Google for black dating app, then try Asian, Jew gay etc. Finally search for ‘White dating app’. All of this is to stop the birth of White children.
Then transdender/confuse kids (notice which race this is aimed at) so they don’t have healthy relationships when they grow up.
Emasculate White men by only having them in gay, cowardly, stupid, wimpy or criminal roles in ads, movies, shows etc Tell them about their ‘masculine toxicity’ (which race is this directed towards?)
Rewrite history so all White achievements were actually by blacks.
Indoctrinate Whites in schools and universities, the military that Whites are truly terrible.
It’s no wonder White kids and adults want to be anything but a straight White.
The next steps are to take White people’s wealth by putting section 8 housing and criminals in White suburbs.
Then go after their money by hiring thousands of IRS auditors. If the IRS auditor makes an unjust decision, who is the White person going to appeal to? The diversity hire judge that hates them?
Excellent article. I’ve long despised and ridiculed her example but your piece brings me to pity her in so much as her race, even her family (as good as they were to her) could not inspire in her the excellence she might have otherwise expressed.
Not that Dolezal isn’t a pathetic white-man-hating POS but, it’s interesting that, when the media mentions black people who were “passing” as white to get ahead in life, the blacks are portrayed as hero’s who were the victims of a racist system. But when a white person passes as a black person to try and get ahead they’re portrayed as the villain who is gaming the system. How about being consistent, main stream media?
Creative young whites certainly do need a pro-white outlet for their creativity. The problem is, this is not allowed. Is there any way to stop the death spiral of the white species without getting control of the upper class?
She is a church lady, who has bought the dogma of the new church of liberalism hook line and sinker. The tendency is likely congenital, given her parents choices. In a suitable propaganda environment they and she might have been doctrinaire, uncritical but well-intentioned ethno-nationalists.
The Mormons proselytise in immaculately dressed pairs. A well-graded series of pamphlets with or without electronic media perhaps. Most people just plain don’t know about the racial differences in crime, cognition and clannishness.
“Most people just plain don’t know about the racial differences in crime, cognition and clannishness.”
I used to think that but I’m not so sure anymore. Perhaps white people know all about it but they are stopped from talking about it or even thinking about it lest they end up being social outcasts or worse, attacked by the fanatics of the “new church of liberalism”.
A lot of white people are simply confused by the difference between what they experience and see with their own eyes and what they see and hear in the main stream media and the main stream social media. The propaganda machine is controlled by the upper class and they seem to have decided that the white species deserves extinction.
She is a POS. I wonder if she would have turned out, at least somewhat differently, if she would have a better childhood. She had some strange parents and from what I gather, few, if any friends. When I was in school, almost everyone white, had some subculture, you could be a part of. You didn’t have to rely on sports or being in the band. She probably didn’t have a click to belong to in that small town. However, her bad childhood, doesn’t excuse her behaviour.
I agree, and I don’t believe many people latch onto an LGBT identity or social-justice activism because they have creative gifts that make them stand out as different.
But those cruel and abusive parents in the background might well screw anyone up. What were they thinking, adopting a bunch of black kids, and expecting no downside? But even civic nationalists like Gavin McInnes, or Amy Coney Barrett, seem to think cross-race adoption is fine and moral. It’s like there’s a chunk of their ethical and limbic systems that’s gone missing.
In a town that small there was probably only one “click” and it included all the kids.
If she rejected that click because of her family upbringing or such she would have grown up very alone in that town.
It’s probably as simple as her mommy and daddy didn’t beat the black kids as hard as her.
I agree that what used to be garish goth or punk in the past now identifies with LGBT. Many social rebels are not in it as artistic temperament, they are just old school anti-authoritarian or walking ids looking to stir things up in a “socially sanctioned” way.
“There’s a riot going on, I’m in. What are we rioting about again?”
“Protest that statue, sure thing, just let me google it to figure out why it offends me”.
Or just looting and blending in with the activists.
As in the Brando film The Wild One, the woman asks what he’s rebelling against.
The Wire is well worth your time and gets at the complexity of societal ills. It could not be made today as it does not subscribe to the simple explanations of “The Narrative” that racism is the sole explanation for everything. Here’s a little snippet of a white drug dealer acting black that reminds me of white hip hop fans that suddenly develop all sorts of black speech affectations.
In other news, Angela Davis recently discovered she is related to one of the original pilgrims on The Mayflower. That’s gotta sting a little bit.
Cool deal! Now Comrade Davis can join the DAR, right?
DAR is the “Daughters of the American Revolution” and requires for membership an ancestor who fought on the US side in the American Revolution.
You’re likely thinking of the Mayflower Society:
I humbly retract my comment..
I should have read the entire article before posting my comment.
The entire Bob Roberts organization offers its apologies.
Both Dolezal and Angela Davis could be Side-show Bob in a live action play.
She’s a crazy coal burner, good riddance. A handful of “creative” people being homosexual or mentally deranged like this girl, doesn’t mean anything. Most “creative” people aren’t sexual degenerates, don’t try to hide their race and don’t have 3 black kids. Those who control media right now promote the freaks and discourage the normal from making any money in the arts. It’s part if the reason movies can’t make anything decent, book sales have crashed and television is unwatchable.
And when the movie bombs at the box office, they blame white, middle class, America.
Daily Mail article on Dolezal as well as two other white women who “went dark”—one as an Indian (dot), the other as an Indian (feather).
It’s a very sensitive and thoughtful piece, and points up again that Dolezal was probably screwed up by her nutty parents, and also by being bullied by the adopted black pseudo-siblings. The Nice White Ladies book that I reviewed a few months ago has a particular focus on that case, although the goofy author struggles hard to spin the story as an artifact of Huwyte Supreemissy.
i don’ t know the average age of authors, readers on this site but this article is completely ridiculous. “Traitor to her race” that even annoys me a descendant of families on both sides who arrived here in the early 17th century. I also assume almost no one reading here resides in any coastal city because if they did they would know this is not an uncommon story. Since the beginning of the 20th century when blacks began to appear in urban centers in the north there have been situations where people have gone “native” so to speak. This was mostly women who through the vibrant music cultures in such places as Harlem coupled with black men adopting their so called “culture”. I knew those from the frankdort school living in the village or UWS who used to take the #1 train up to harlem in the wee hours to socialize at the clubs. Let that sink in elderly jewish women walking around harlem in the middle of night unafraid of being accosted either in the community or NY subway system. If Ms. Dolzeal wants to adopt the mannerisms and speaking patterns of the black community why in the name of heaven is this even a story worthy of publication. She has 4 black and mixed race children and this is her choice. We used to see this quite a bit in the 70s and 80s in NYC. Does anyone here get their “knickers in a twist” when idiotic americans migrate to england and somehow develop and english accent within some very short period of time ?
how about harassing Fr. Michael Pfleger pastor of St. Sabina’s church in Chicago ? He is a vile individual who I wrote to the cardinal about after seeing him on altar at the church of Rev. Wright gyrating and gesticulating in a semi pornographic manner imitating black ghetto culture types. Hilary Clinton has been known to do this as well.
If ms. dolezal prefers to blend in so be it. If she wishes to justify this on the basis of some made up genetic profile well we have plenty of serious psychos walking around a few in the corridors of power. I don’t see what difference this makes but then again I can recall a time when transvestites congregated in times square another thing most of us just found somewhat mildly amusing. “race traitor” indeed.
I’m guessing you’re new here.
Being a “wigger” isn’t normal, but it’s not that harmful if it’s only a phase and goes no further than a fashion statement. In Dolezal’s case, though, she became a regional officer for the NAACP while deceptively presenting herself as Black. It’s hard to see how that would not constitute racial treason.
Also, race mixing is wrong. That’s one of the things wrecking our society, which is why the usual suspects have been propagandizing it so heavily. Blacks should see that it’s gradually destroying their race too, if they had any sense. Race mixing used to be nearly unthinkable. Society has come to regard sex as answerable only to individual whim, but this needs to change. It’s not just about getting your jollies; it’s about how the future generation is created. Dolezal should’ve had four White kids. Instead, she perpetuated her cultural confusion in the flesh.
As for the Jewish ladies associated with the Frankfurt School who were fraternizing in Harlem, this is a case of them drinking their own poison. When the cultural Marxists sabotaged our society, it never occurred to them that this causes blowback. Unfortunately, this is a repeated pattern with those types.
i believe her children are adopted. It appears the NAACP is prepared to accept her with knowledge she is “incorrect” that is likely lying about her genetic background. Unfortunately for your hypothesis to be accurate it remains necessary to remember that the sign of biological compatibility is ability to breed reproductively abled offspring. I do not seek it out but in principle the color of one’s skin is not on a short list of qualities I consider in a man’s desirability. Character, comportment and intelligence are the only criteria which are. I have much more in common with a man such as Dr. Thomas Sowell than most men I have encountered. His race would not enter into equation if we had met.
I don’t recall where I saw an article analyzing IQ in various races concluding that interbreeding with whites has had a net positive effect on IQ in the black population. Likely Unz review. Most blacks vigorously oppose such interbreeding which if they had any sense they would perceive as desirable.
However my poorly made point is that I do not see this as a “trend” which warrants such a vigorous reaction.
The german jewish intelligentsia of the weimar republic goal was the destruction of western civilisation. They were socialist/bolsheviks and I have always found it very interesting given the anti semitism of FDR, who refused sanctuary to most jews, they were allowed to emigrate. This was surely due to the fears he had of the jewish financial crowd and the influence of his fellow travelers in the administration. It continues to be claimed that those such as Jacob Schiff financed the revolution of ’17 and also continued to serve on the board of Farben during WWII. They were bohemian degenerates reveling in their corrosive cultural behaviour.
I have no idea whether the ladies were co mingling with the residents I thought it was related to an interest in jazz. Aside from that all were too old to have to be concerned with any adverse outcome such as pregnancy.
Dolezal ia risible individual and object of sardonic humor. World is filled with examples of those in expansion of empire going native. Think of the brits in the middle east some notable examples TE lawrence; St. John Philby and the numerous numbers of women intermarrying racially adopting the customs of their spouses.
I also recall well before your time spying a front page article in NYTs (bought by my husband who knew i objected to its presence in my home) that a demographic nightmare was coming as the result of the “right people” that is westerners refusing to procreate. This was presented quietly to the UN and kept hushed up.This was around the early 80s on the front page. I knew intuitively it was likely true. This is the issue not the relatively small number of intermarriages you seem so fixated on. How many do you have sir ? The genesis of this is the total civilizational exhaustion since WWI. Certain spiritually sensitive souls such as Tolkien aware of this created the LTOR with the hope it would serve as a modern myth regenerating the zeitgeist. Wagner to some degree understood same although he was a dangerous political incendiary. Europe has destroyed itself after over a thousand years of seemingly endless conflicts between those who should have considered themselves brothers. Exhausted people and cultures and not invested in procreating.
There have been mass migrations of peoples for most of history with consequence of racial cross breeding. Genghis Khan was said to have been tall fair skinned with green eyes; Suleiman the Magnificent adopted monogamy with a ruthenian slav captured in a raid. Her name was Roxelana and she had red hair and green eyes. Her son became his heir. I am 100% caucasian with very dark brown hair and eyes. I am always being mistaken in NYC for puerto rican. Probably saved me some very serious trouble through the decades. My mother used to claim this was so due to the sinking of the spanish armanda in tudor times.
Some of the things that make Dolezal a POS is her ant-white activism, both as the head of the NAACP in Spokane and as a professor. She went overboard with it, which is why the chief of police of Spokane had her investigated, which caused her true identity to come out.
I grew up in a coastal city and am familiar with “wiggers.” They don’t spray-tan themselves or think of themselves as being literally black. Rachel is something else entirely.
Isn’t Fr. Pfleger in trouble for child molestation?
Only Counter-Currents would have such a quality article on this topic. What an interesting case study. One FBI agent speculated her problem could be an unusual manifestation of Munchausen’s Syndrome. Seemed an odd conclusion at first, but I think he might be on to something. The race hustle has intersected with personality disorders to create this toxic stew.
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