Years after Rachel Dolezal was exposed for being a white woman merely masquerading as an African-American, Black Lives Matter activist Satchuel Cole is coming clean after suffering a similar embarrassment. Cole, who was originally Jennifer Benton when she was a mere white girl from Indiana, had no choice but to come forward and apologize after a report from BlackIndyLive.com published both her yearbook photos and official documents proving that she was not the race she claimed to be.
The website reported that Benton – who is (of course) also confused about her gender and likes to use “they/them” pronouns – changed her name to Cole in 2010 when she began to rise in the ranks of black activism.
“Friends, I need to take accountability for my actions and the harm that I have done,” Cole wrote on Facebook this weekend. “My deception and lies have hurt those I care most about. I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white. I have used Blackness when it was not mine to use. I have asked for support and energy as a Black person. I have caused harm to the city, friends and the work that I held so dear.
“I will do the work to take responsibility for my actions and try to reduce the harm that I have already caused,” they continued. “If there are ways to repair the harm, I will do the work that is required to do so. I will continue to seek the help necessary to heal myself. I am sorry for the harm I have caused. I am sorry for the hurt and betrayal. I will do what I can to show that I want to be a better person.”
Cole, Dolezal, and the endlessly-embarrassing Shaun King are not the only white people who have been caught trying to “trans” their race. There’s also University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student CV Vitolo-Haddad, who was forced out of her teaching position when it was revealed that she was lying about her race.
“I have let guesses about my ancestry become answers I wanted but couldn’t prove. I have let people make assumptions when I should have corrected them,” wrote Vitolo-Haddad. “It was my choice and error to identify any differently. When asked if I identify as Black, my answer should have always been ‘No.’ There were three separate instances I said otherwise. I should have never entered Black organizing spaces.”
Will you be surprised when we tell you that Vitolo-Haddad is also gender confused and prefers “they/them” pronouns?
Now when is someone going to explain to us why one of these is wrong and insane and the other is healthy and normal?