Remember Rachel Dolezal?
She’s a former leader of the NAACP who came under fire when it was discovered that she was actually a white woman pretending to be a disenfranchised and discriminated against black woman and social justice warrior.
Well, apparently, the town of Cary thought it would be a brilliant idea for her to take part in the the town’s Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest event in January. The event’s organizers wanted Dolezal to take part in a panel discussion on “racial identity and race relations.”
But after members of the community urged she not be allowed to take part in the event, the Jireh Management Group, who had booked Dolezal, decided to scrap her from the panel.
“They made the decision about two weeks ago to remove her from the diversity summit, which we support,” Doug McRainey, Cary’s director of parks, recreation and cultural resources said. “We had two focus group meetings with citizens and pastors, and I think the feeling was that her presence would take away from the goals of the Dreamfest.”
It seriously took months and multiple focus groups for organizers of this event celebrating the legacy of the great Martin Luther King Jr., this country’s most respected civil rights warriors, to figure out that a woman who has lied about her race and life experience in order to achieve personal gain would “take away” from the event’s goals?
Of course it would!
It would literally serve to delegitimize everything else that was said at the event.
In fact, eight pastors directly involved with the MLK Dreamfest said as much in their October letter to event organizers in which they spoke against Dolezal’s involvement.
Al Cohen, CEO of Jireh Management, said in October when Dolezal’s appearance was announced: “We chose a person like Rachel Dolezal that has been depicted as a major villain through media because of her preference of racial identity. And yet, she didn’t steal from anybody. She didn’t murder anybody. She didn’t rob anybody. She only had an affinity for a group of people, and she served her community well.”
Alright, let’s make our way back to reality real quick, Al.
Rachel Dolezal hasn’t been portrayed as a “major villain” in the media because she wants to be black.
Far from it.
Dolezal has been criticized for one reason and one reason only: SHE LIED. About basically everything. For years.
This isn’t a hard concept to grasp – with race relations seemingly at their worst point in decades, the best way to get your message across is NOT to hold up a fraudulent black woman who’s lied for years about her life and the “issues” she’s faced in order to exploit the “racism” she supposedly faced for personal gain as some sort of example as to how we deal with said race relations.
Fortunately, though, Cary’s annual MLK Dreamfest will continue Saturday, January 14th, to Monday, January 16th, at various locations, for the 20th year in a row.
And without someone like Dolezal headlining, it should be a solid event for all to check out, if for no other reason than it’s always beneficial to hear things from another perspective.
Just not the fabricated perspective of a deranged white woman…