Identity Scandal? Hardly

Rachel Dolezal isn’t suffering from an identity scandal, she suffers from a mental illness.

But in this you-can-be-who-or-whatever-you-want-to-be culture, that of course cannot be said.

I’m not sure when we will, as a society, wake up and realize we do these people no favors by enabling their identity fantasies. We just perpetuate the problem instead of actually trying to address what it is: A woman who needs counselling, therapy and healthy dose of “you ain’t right in head, kid“.

I know this is considered intolerant, unaccepting, and probably both misogynistic and racist given the subject matter. All of this gets lost in the “complexities” of our modern society.  But some things simply are not complex.  They are artificially made complex in order to hide the simplicity of the situation.  The ‘complexities’ are manufactured in order to obfuscate the reality that there is no ‘debate’ or ‘differing perspectives’ or ‘alternative views’.

Maybe Rachel would not be suffering if she were provided the mental health services she requires instead of the left-wing coddling “yes you can be a potted plant if you want to be, honey” approach.

There are two options:

  1. You are what you are, regardless of how you ‘identify’
  2. You can be whatever you want to be, and that is just as real or valid at #1.

“I am, in fact, a 1973 Pontiac LeMans. I drink motor oil and speak in a unique dialect called “Vroom-Vroom!  I believe my organs are interchangeable and intent to replace my lungs with a Fram air filter. I don’t have to pay taxes other than my personal title and registration fee.  In the winter, I put myself into storage because I am rear wheel drive.”

Would we ’embrace’ this person’s self-identity?  Would we consider it valid?  If so, are we helping or hurting this person?  Would we consider this person mentally stable?

Here’s the truth: There is no difference between Rachel Dolezal and the person who thinks they are a 1973 Pontiac.  None. Zero. This goes for the Bruce Jenner-types of the world, too.  Just because you want to be something else does not make it so.  Just because you long to be something else does not mean you are.  And if you truly BELIEVE you are something else, then you are ill and need help.

Think back 20, 30, 40 years ago.  People thought they were Napoleon, the President of the United States, or Ethel Merman.  We did not indulge and perpetuate their fantasy — we gave them treatment.  So who is being more cruel, those who refuse to acquiesce to the PC culture and let these people continue to spiral into their delusional behavior, or those who refuse to provide the necessary care, treatment and assistance required that may allow them to break free from it?

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7 Responses to Identity Scandal? Hardly

  1. Uke says:

    All of this gets lost in the “complexities” of our modern society. But some things simply are not complex. They are artificially made complex in order to hide the simplicity of the situation. The ‘complexities’ are manufactured in order to obfuscate the reality that there is no ‘debate’ or ‘differing perspectives’ or ‘alternative views’.

    This is a very accurate statement.

    Some things in life are complex and require a lot of study, experience and study to understand thoroughly. These things are already complex enough without people injecting more.

    However, many other things–perhaps even most other things–are quite simple, or at least simple enough to have a decent grasp on.

    But it is in the best interests of some to make everything in life, even and especially the simplest things, seem so complex that it befuddles and paralyzes the average person. This is by design. It makes people more dependent upon others for even the most mundane decisions.

    Such a people is ripe to be ruled.

  2. notamobster says:

    Race, she believes, is a “social construct” used to pigeonhole people.

    “I unapologetically stand on the black side,” she said. “Blackness better defines who I am philosophically and socially than whiteness does.”

    This self-induced victimization betrays the prejudice she holds toward black people. While she believes race is fake, she assumes an identity that is “oppressed” because she sees them as the noble-oppressed victims and herself as the long-suffering revolutionary agent of change, but in her quest to have an “authentic black identity” she lied, cheated, stole, and conned everyone she encountered.

    What does this say about her view of black people?

    When I was young I grew up immersed in black culture. Then my Dad moved us to the country and I was conflicted in my identity. I acted black, talked black, listened to rap music and lived in ghettos, even as a young adult.

    It wasn’t until I did some serious soul-searching that I realized it was okay to be white. In my affectation of ebonic mannerisms, I was actually being disrespectful to my black friends. I was demeaning them and talking down to them. I decided that I would just be me and anyone who didn’t like it could kiss my ass. Turns out, all of my friends are still my friends.

  3. MadBrad says:

    No man can wear a pair of Daisy Dukes like my friend Buddy. Buddy is a FLAMING Homosexual. Many of his friends refer to him in the effeminate but he was raised a South Georgia Redneck and that’s how I address him. He appreciates it too. None of his other friends care to do that. I see right through his bullshit and I won’t perpetuate it. He would have you believe that he’s bat shit crazy. I know otherwise and I don’t let him get away with his nonsense. He utterly appreciates it.

  4. Mark says:

    I work as an instructor in JFKSWC on Ft. Bragg. We just had our first transgender training, which as you probably know, went over like a turd in a punch bowl. You are talking about a room full of grizzled combat veterans. I thought it was curious that we as a nation think that it is just fine to hand a person that believes that they are not the sex that they were born, and as a group (transgender) has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, a gun. I also asked the question that given all of the training on what we can and can’t do with transgender individual soldiers, if it would be ok to change my race. I asked that question in the same light as you asked your question about being a 1973 Pontiac (with rear wheel drive). Makes me wish I would have asked that question instead…..

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I attended the JFKSWC SERE Instructor School in ’84 and its Target Interdiction Course in ’87. Sounds like things have changed around there. We had to have a security clearance for SERE and pass the MMPI for sniper school. Being “transgendered” would have resulted in failing each.

  5. BrunDawg says:

    Didn’t see any mental issues in being called “they” instead of “he”. Then “they” committed murder.

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California, Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular elementary-school teacher.

    Soon, the crime that police described as “very brutal and unusual” in a city that reported just two homicides last year was sucked up into the debate over gender identity when it was reported that Gomez preferred to be called “they” rather than “he.”

  6. Uke says:

    “I am, in fact, a 1973 Pontiac LeMans. I drink motor oil and speak in a unique dialect called “Vroom-Vroom! I believe my organs are interchangeable and intent to replace my lungs with a Fram air filter. I don’t have to pay taxes other than my personal title and registration fee. In the winter, I put myself into storage because I am rear wheel drive.”

    I honestly missed this line the first time I read this article, but it’s hilarious.

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