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June 16, 2015

Notes on a Scandal: Rachel Dolezal and the ‘Trans-Black’ Con

By now, you’ve probably heard the sordid and bewildering story of world-class Decepticon, Rachel Dolezal, explode across your social media timelines. Each day since her cover was blown Rachel's alternate reality shatters in a million little pieces, as more information is revealed about her real identity. In the event you’ve been luxuriating on a remote island, off the coast of I’ve Got Fancier Shit to Worry About, here’s the gist of the situation: Rachel Dolezal—a White woman, and (now former) president of Spokane Washington’s NAACP chapter—has been living a good chunk of her adult life masquerading (with the help of slightly darker makeup, box braid extensions and Afro-textured wigs) as a biracial woman with a Black father, and reaping the benefits of colorism’s complexion hierarchy.

In an elaborate 21st-century minstrel tale that probably makes Vijay Chokalingam envious, Rachel was able to craft a highly derivative life, as if she’d taken her cues from the scripted pages of a psychological thriller. 

October 17, 2012

Etsy Profits from Golliwogs and Other Racist Nostalgia

Looking for your very own handmade Grandpa Golliwog doorstop? Or perhaps you’ve been looking for a “cute” handmade Mammy doll or Baby Girl Golly? Well according to an online petition that’s being circulated by a woman named Raquel Mack, virtual artisan marketplace, Etsy provides a whole slew of racist nostalgia for purchase on its website despite recent revisions to their policies, which were implemented in January 2011, prohibiting the sale of items that promote and glorify hate and that demeans people based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, and/or sexual orientation.  
“In May of 2012 the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP attempted to reach out to Etsy only to receive this response”'[…] our members come from all walks of life, and may hold differing opinions of the legitimate collectability of certain types of historical items.’ Read the petition’s statement. 
“Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of this issue is that that one would be hard pressed to find racist items of any other demographic on Etsy, which begs the question, Why is it okay to sell items that dehumanize and denigrate those that fall into the category of ‘black people’; and would there be the same lack of response were these items offensive toward the LGBTQ community, or Asian community, or any demography that is “more likely” to be shopping or selling on Etsy? Etsy receives $0.20 for every item listed on their site by merchants and they collect a 3.5% fee on the sale of every item, racist or not. Since Etsy has failed to address this issue it may be safe to assume that they have no scruples about profiting from the very items they prohibit.” The petition continues.