One of the points I tried to make yesterday is that how one frames the Rachel Dolezal story has a lot to do with what you think it means to be black in America. Freddie DeBoer, for example, offered an analysis that implied that we have over-incentivized being black. Who wouldn’t want to be black, right? At best, if you think that the only issue is employment fraud, that in turn would seem to presuppose a background perception that being black in America is, not should be, but is, a neutral condition.
Nine people in Charleston, SC would know that they’d be far better off in America being white than black. But they don’t. The dead know nothing except that it is better to be alive.