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Something to Think About: A Double Standard When it Comes to Rachel Dolezal

Op/Ed By Michael Vaughn


michael_vaughn2The definition of a double standard is, a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.”

Usually, we all know what a double standard is, and most often, as decent people, we do not like it when a double standard has been applied. The reason we do not like it, I believe, has to do with the implicit unfairness of it, and what the motivation has been behind it. Why have I brought this up? It is because of what has transpired over the last few weeks, regarding Rachel Dolezal.

Dolezal is the former NAACP leader who’s stated she is black, which would not be an issue, except for the fact that she was born white. However, maybe she considers herself to be” trans-racial!”

It had been quite interesting, at the time this “trans-racial” discussion was taking place. Bruce Jenner received so much attention, and accolades, for becoming Caitlyn Jenner. Folks had been praising Jenner’s bravery; he was appearing on talk shows, and getting words of encouragement from different folks about what he had done.

However, herein lies the double standard. Some of the same folks (in the media) who have praised Jenner, have blasted Rachel Dolezal, on the contrary. My question is, why? As far as I am concerned, they both have issues in their souls. Rachel, however, has not undergone any surgery to deal with her soul-hurts.

So, why is it that someone who was born white, and now thinks she is black; so much so that she has been living as a black person, is any different than someone who was born a male, and now thinks he is a woman, so much so, that he has transformed himself into a female?

I believe, conceptually, a “trans-racial” person  should be treated no differently than a transgendered person. They have both denied the original bodies with which they were born, have stated they are something different, and would like the world to accept their choices.

However, in this case, it seems only Jenner gets to have his way. Some people have said the main issue they’ve had with Dolezal is that she lied when she stated who she was. Hmmm…I am almost certain that, in a little while, if folks ask Bruce Jenner who he is, he will lie, and say he is a woman named “Caitlyn!” How is that any different from what Rachel has done? This is where the issue becomes a double standard!

Bruce Jenner’s situation has involved the homosexual agenda, and has been very aggressive, to the point where they not only want to live their lives the way they want, but they also want to force everyone else to accept, and agree with their lifestyle choices. Therefore, people have said Bruce’s soul issue is to be celebrated, because he has embraced something which can only be described as wonderful, nice, and finally connected with who he really is.

However, on the other hand, Rachel is a crazy liar who has misrepresented herself.

That is a double standard.

If it is ok to be transgendered, it should be ok to be “trans-racial.” After all, we want people to be comfortable in the skin in which they believe they belong, not the skin in which God created them. Right?

The same reasons folks have celebrated Bruce Jenner should be the same ones applied to Rachel Dolezal. If not, it will show, quite clearly, there is a double standard.

The other reason I believe the homosexual agenda, and its supporters, have not wanted to tolerate Dolezal is because folks have seen very clearly she was born a different race. However, if that “picture” of Jenner had been allowed to remain, people would see how contrary it is to claim you are one gender, when it is obvious you were born a different gender.

Again, I believe that neither Rachel nor Bruce should be celebrated, because they both have gone against nature, and the way God created them. However, unless you are willing to admit to a double standard, there should be no way you can praise Bruce, and condemn Rachel!

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