Rachel Dolezal is a Hero

Hey everyone! Happy Hump Day!

Usually, I like to keep my blog fairly light and free of controversy, however, I thought I’d make an exception.

I’m sure we’ve all heard of Rachel Dolezal, the woman who spent the last few years of her life pretending to be black.There were many people who spoke out against her actions and theorists who argued whether being trans-racial was, indeed, a thing. (News flash, I highly doubt that it is.)

courtesy of Vanity Fair

While the masses were not only shocked and offended by Dolezal, one unexpected person thinks she is somewhat of a hero. In her profile with Vanity Fair, Rihanna shares her opinion on the matter. ” I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black?”, Rihanna states during her interview with journalist Lisa Robinson of Vanity Fair.

She also continued to say that it is a great thing to be black and Dolezal may have changed people’s perspectives a bit. After reading her thoughts, I had to admit that she does have a point. It is an awesome thing to be black. There was never a doubt in my mind about that. But I think the most alarming thing about Rihanna’s perception of Dolezal was that she labeled her a hero. Rachel Dolezal is many things, but a hero is not one of them. Pretending to be something that you are not, in general, is never a good thing. It usually means that a person has trouble accepting themselves for who they are, and in an age where people are fighting to be their true selves, Dolezal has done the complete opposite.

Hero’s are usually mavericks, daredevils who go out of their way to help people in need, and people who fight for a cause. I guess, in a way, Dolezal is her own kind of maverick, but labeling her as a hero is still a little far-fetched.

What are some of your thoughts on Rihanna’s statement? Until next time…


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