Originally posted by vivify
Dolezal also lied about being a victim of hate crimes, and even faked such acts by sending herself hate mail. Had she simply lied about her race because she felt like she belonged, I'd have no problem with it.
Still, it's far from the worst thing a human being has ever done. The reaction to her was ludicrous. Her parents are especially terrible for s ...[text shortened]... bjecting their own daughter to public humiliation; they were the ones who brought this to light.
I have no objection to Dolezal misrepresenting herself as an African-American as long as
she made no attempt to profit personally from it. If she identified so deeply with African-Americans
that she yearned to identify herself as one, I accept that. In another case that I mentioned
in an earlier thread, I criticized a white American Jewish man who suddenly reclassified
himself as 'Hispanic' (even though he had no known Hispanic heritage or association
and could speak no Spanish) only to take advantage of affirmative action and get a job
ahead of some real minority applicants.
Korla Pandit (nee John Roland Redd in 1921 USA) was a light-skinned black American who
successfully passed, professionally (as a musician) and socially (marrying a white woman),
as an 'exotic' immigrant (Hindu Brahmin) from India until his death in 1998. His real
background was not publicly exposed until after his death, and his children apparently
were unwilling to believe it. Korla Pandit had acquired a legal document certifying the
fiction that he was born in India to an Indian (Hindu Brahmin) father and a French mother.
Given his almost complete ignorance of authentic Indian cultures and languages, how did
Korla Pandit succeed in deceiving Americans for so long that he was a real Indian 'wise man'?
Because almost all Americans were similarly ignorant. Korla Pandit always wore a turban,
which he wrongly explained was obligatory for a Hindu Brahmin. Shortly after the
Oklahoma City bombing, however, he, for once, briefly removed his turban out of fear that
he could be misidentified as a Muslim and attacked by Americans. On the few occasions
when he was approached by real Indians, his handlers could have explained his refusal
to speak any Indian languages to them by claiming that he had taken a vow of silence.
Actually, he did not know how to speak any of the languages of India. Early in his career
as an 'exotic' act, Korla Pandit was advised by his white promoter to avoid speaking in public.
One reason was that he spoke English with a mild, yet noticeable, black American accent,
and even an ignorant white audience might wonder how a real Indian had acquired it.
William Ellsworth Robinson, a white American, successfully impersonated (in yellowface),
a Chinese magician called 'Chung Ling Soo'. He died when a dangerous trick went wrong.
"After Chung Ling Soo's death, the public was shocked to learn that he was not Chinese.
Soo's true identity was largely known among professional magicians. A year before Soo's
death, English magician Will Goldston commented in an interview with Magician Monthly
that the public did not question Soo's identity because" [he appealed to its prejudices]."
I doubt that many real Chinese, in contrast to white people, were deceived by 'Chung Ling Soo'.
While it has long abandoned the racist practice of blackface, to this day Hollywood continues
the racist practice of yellowface to some extent, with major characters of East Asian heritage
being played by white (or Latino) actors in 'yellowface' make-up.
To this day, the Western media propagates many absurd ignorant stereotypes about many non-Western peoples.
I expect that many, if not most, Westerners prefer to believe these stereotypes even if they were told the facts.