And when I say that I understand Rachel Dolezal, I don't mean that I necessarily approve or that I've engaged in behavior that may be seen as deceitful or culturally/ethnically insensitive.
I'm not even talking from the perspective of a Latino who:
-(I think) looks like a total white boy, has been guessed to be everything from Italian to Indian to Syrian to Greek and more,
-who's got both white and black ancestry,
-who's been subject to discrimination from Latinos, and Blacks, and Whites who have all mistook me for White, White, and as a Latino/Not Pureblooded White, respectively.
No, I understand Dolezal because obviously movies are to blame here.
And by "movies" I mean "a specific era of movies.'
Rachel must have believed that her actions would lead to a lot of humorous situations, and maybe one difficult day when she'd get outed but also learn a valuable lesson that she could take forward in life.
Dustin Hoffman got a lot of praise for his performance, and the movie was viewed very positively. If it worked for a major comedic film, why not for her?
Tootsie won one Oscar and three Golden Globes!
And who doesn't love the classic woman passes for male plot of Shakespeare's classic, Twelfth Night? Or Just One of the Guys?
Did I ever mention that the 1980's were a really weird time?
The fact that he was skilled at makeup and doing a caricature of a white man sure became useful. Hell, he used his skill to stop the mafia!
Just remember, boys and girls, don't do everything you see in 80's movies. Not only are movies in no way reflective of real life or its consequences, but they don't always offer the best or most realistic advice - just like people don't either.
Anyway, it might not work out as well for you as it did for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in Silver Streak.
I just really, really hope she wasn't inspired by White Chicks. That movie was just offensive.