As critics attacked NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal for allegedly lying about her race, Charlamagne Tha God quickly rose to her defense. The radio personality made it very clear that he feels Rachel is just like transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner — but transracial.
Charlamagne Tha God, 34, has caused quite the stir on social media after comparing the recently open transgender woman, Caitlyn Jenner, 65, with Rachel Dolezal, 37 — the leader of the NAACP who was allegedly caught lying about having a black father. Now, he’s slamming society for accepting Caitlyn as a transgender woman but refusing to accept Rachel as a “transracial” woman who identifies with being a different race.
This is a pretty touchy subject, and unfortunately it’s being taken as more of a joke on social media than anything else. It all started when Charlamagne Tha God sounded off on NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal on Friday morning, June 12. The radio host, whose real name is Lenard McKelvey, had some very strong words about the situation and the critics who are slamming Rachel for allegedly lying.
“If Bruce Jenner can be a woman Rachel Dolezal can be black,” the Power 105.1 Breakfast Club co-host tweeted. “So how can Bruce Jenner identify with what he wants to identify with but Rachel Dolezal can’t? I’m confused about this… Hold up so you can be transgender in America but not transracial?”
Although his tweets started out with a very serious intonation, he then went on to make jokes about the situation. His jokes were not only about the ongoing situation with Rachel, but seemingly directed towards the transgender community for being privileged enough to be accepted.
“I want Rachel Dolezal on the front ofEbony!!!! Call Me Raquel,” he tweeted as a follow up. He also posted a photo of singer Robin Thicke on Instagram with the caption, “Let People Be who they really are!!!!!” The photo had “#TRANSRACIALLIVESMATTER” written across Robin’s face.
However, as the “transracial” debate continued on his social media accounts, Charlamagne went back to taking the controversy seriously in hopes of changing minds about Rachel. “It’s ok to say Rachel Dolezal is crazy for identifying as black but say Caitlyn is crazy and you’re transphobic,” he wrote. “If you think transracial is b.s. Then you must think being transgender is b.s too.”
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— Susan Johnson