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“Only Love is Real.” ~A Course In Miracles

“Why didn’t she simply embrace her humanity and show that she could fully embrace the humanity of others, despite her whiteness,” from ‘Rachel Dolezal’s Imitation Game…’ by Charles D. Ellison, veteran political strategist and contributing editor of The Root.

In view of the Rachel Dolezal story, a woman who resigned her post recently as President of the NAACP’s Spokane Chapter in Washington State, seems a national conversation has started about race, which is good. Yet, this time, the focus is more about racial identity rather than race or the complex subject of racism.

According to Huffington Post article “Rachel Dolezal Steps Down As President of Spokane NAACP Chapter,” Ms. Dolezal, is a White woman who allegedly passed as African American for nearly a decade. According to another Huff Post article, “Rachel Dolezal’s Parents Say She Has a History of ‘Seeking To Reinvent Reality’”, seems the story has now taken a life of its own; thereby, inspiring many news articles and discussions.

While watching Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN recently and his lovely guests, writer and social activist, Michaela Angela Davis and New York Times op-ed columnist, Charles M. Blow, I was struck by the statement referring to race as being a “social construct” in which all three unanimously agreed. Being self-educated in the School of Higher Learning where a universal experience of truth is sought rather than a collective theory, here is where I differ.

Back in the day, when they still taught the three R’s (reading, writing and arithmetic) and some science, race was a term science used to identify the four basic groups of humanity. Based upon the physical characteristics of each group, mainly the skin color; hence, the Red, Yellow, Black and White race; which, at a glance, still makes sense today.

Basis of Race as a ‘Social Construct’

Recently, say within the last century or so, Social Sciences have come up with its own scheme of things known as a theory, not a fact mind you, but a mere speculation which identifies race as a ‘social construct’ that tends to sound all fancy and real, but it isn’t. Of course, this has come to serve a great purpose in the glorified world of academia, where a good debate is often preferred over speaking the truth in a given issue, in my opinion.

With required study and passage of time, the better one becomes at debating an issue, any issue, the more educated one is deemed to be; regardless of whether the truth is ever revealed. Thus, modern society is teeming with PhDs still debating, yet rarely in search of the truth.

Sadly, today, the ongoing debate about race and its ‘social construct’ continues to confuse most everybody. While the real origin of racism that continues to impede the evolution of American democracy, is rarely talked about.

Race, A Biological Reality Indeed

During the last few days seems some are trying to justify Miss Rachel’s actions with those of the transgender community, which is a big mistake. So please, let’s not even go there.

As I understand it, the purpose of gender transitioning, whether choosing to undergo sexual reassignment or not, is to live one’s gender orientation openly and truthfully in society without prejudice. Thus, free of the social construct of having to live a lie just to survive.

Conversely, one who lies about their racial origin is not free.  As that person is living a lie, thus often in a state of fear.  In time, self-hatred arises and takes its toll on the quality of life.

In Rachel’s case, had she been truthful about her racial origin and cultural background, her story to the world would have been so much more meaningful, thus richer. Instead of living a lie, she could have lived the truth, thus learning to love herself in the process.

This, I believe, is why the truth has finally come out for Rachel. So as to set her, and others close to her, free to express life’s greatest asset…the truth.

Since race is a biological reality created by a Higher Power not of this world, we can safely believe that race is not a social construct to be debated endlessly.

Yet, American racism is a social construct, ca.1600!

Today, we can choose to adopt another race and its culture as long as we tell the truth!  So, let’s keep it real, shall we? After all, no one really likes being lied too.

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2012-2015. All rights reserved.

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The other day, the news media was abuzz about the color of Santa Claus. Seems a rather attractive, fair-skinned commentator on one of the “right-wing” news networks, who likely doubled-up with laughter in the aftermath, had declared that Santa Claus was white.

Taken quite seriously nonetheless, such generally implied that Santa Claus is a white man. And so began another day or two, or more, of extensive media debate about the elusive race of Santa Claus, that great international escape artist who symbolizes the spirit of Christmas giving.

Of course, healthy debate about race and its positive symbolism is a conversation we all must have on occasion, and we welcome that and appreciate the media’s watchful eye always.

Decades ago when I was a kid still believing in Santa Claus, my particular Santa was only one color though Santa illustrations were generally of the traditional European type. Yet, we never gave any thought as to what race Santa actually was. As I recall, we never mentioned it, nor would anyone else in our world or in the news media, really.

In fact, back then, who would even believe such a silly declaration? After all, everybody knows that Santa has a white beard and lives in the North Pole, and has a red sack full of toys on his sleigh driven by eight tiny reindeer.

Beyond that, a delightful void beaming with ever-new joy was enough for us back then, when all we had to do was think about Santa Claus or Christmas Day and there we were.

As kids, new toys were our greatest concern, so naturally we waited anxiously for Christmas Morning. Later, as adults, we learned that it was the loving thought that really counts.

Yet, as we progress into a more caring society, I suppose Santa Claus has to evoke the proper perspective as well, and that’s a good thing.

In the interest of such, let us recall my childhood Santa who looked quite different from the traditional European illustration usually published in Western culture.

Instead of having a white beard with rosy cheeks and a big belly, the Santa Clause of my childhood was actually a petite and very fashionable, African American woman!

Her bag of toys was a Sears Roebuck catalog enhanced with mysteriously wrapped shoe boxes, labeled with each of our names from Santa, and filled with loads of Christmas candy, freshly shelled pecans from the South (sent by our aunt), and the sweetest of all tangerines.

Though Santa’s alleged reality likely come into question on some level, as kids we never could figure out where that mysterious wrapping paper came from, which made our early Christmases all the more mystical.  And so it was.

Thanks Mom!

Well, Merry Christmas dear reader and do Keep the Faith!

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