According to the modern liberal, gender is entirely fluid. It’s a social construct meant to herd society into predetermined groups, meaning there is nothing wrong with choosing to switch sides if you feel you’ve been mislabeled. This is the basis for the transgender acceptance movement. It’s why we’re celebrating Caitlyn Jenner rather than pushing her to seek counseling.
It doesn’t get mentioned as often, but social science academics believe the same thing about race. When confronted with studies that indicate lower IQ scores among blacks – entirely apart from socioeconomic status – they retreat to the social construct argument. Whatever biological traits we associate with race, they are only there because we’ve decided they are important. These are social divisions we’ve created in an attempt to justify bigotry, slavery, segregation, and genocide.
Given these theories, one might wonder why it matters if Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane’s NAACP chapter, has been outed as a white woman. If Dolezal wanted to leave her heritage behind in favor of identifying as an African-American, is that not her absolute right? Liberals contend that men can become women and women can become men, but this is the sticking point? If race is a social construct, then the worst Dolezal can be accused of is lying. And unless she is exposed as a secret white supremacist looking to destroy the NAACP with a shocking scheme, it’s hard to understand what all the fuss is about.
“Back in the early 1900s, what she did would be considered highly racist,” said Dolezal’s brother, Ezra. “You really should not do that.”
And indeed, it feels as though the media may use this moment to meld their philosophies in such a way that they are logically compatible. Some critics insist that Dolezal’s civil rights efforts should not be overshadowed by her European genetic heritage. We could begin to see a new transracial movement rise out of the controversy. White? Black? Hispanic? Decide for yourself!
America is not quite ready for that leap (probably?), and so we will likely see Dolezal make her shameful exit within the next week or so. But there are always a couple of sacrificial lambs. Even if she is forced to resign, she may clear a path for Americans to choose for themselves which race they want to belong to.
Conservatives, whole of mind, naturally cringe at these absurd theories. At the end of the day, though, they could conspire to destroy the Democratic Party. After all, their platform is built almost entirely upon “social justice.” That means exploiting race and gender for all the oppression they’re worth. That means holding up the white man as an example of America’s greatest evil. If liberal theory blurs the line between men, women, blacks, and whites, though, their blame game is going to run out of steam very quickly. If everyone gets to choose how they identify themselves, is there any room left for generational histories of victimhood?
Of course, it could also lead to a backlash. Blacks and women, realizing that they are on the verge of losing their trump card, may insist that we create separate classifications for “trans” folks and keep them there for all time. That would be a dream for Democrats, who would now have fresh new categories they can exploit.
Given enough time, we’ll all be victims. At that point, the Oppression Olympics can begin in earnest as Americans fight to determine who suffers from the most discrimination and who is worthy of the most stringent political protection. It’s probably not the future envisioned by the Founders, but, you know, it’s a future.