I’m Back: Twenty-three with a Degree

Never mind that I actually turn 24-years-old next week, but I finished my last undergraduate quarter and walked in Commencement this past weekend.

So what does this mean? More life updates, more insights and finally more content. I’m back and I’m more comfortable in my skin than ever. What at true joy it is to complete your education in something you’re so passionate about. Communication changed my life and I can’t wait to fill you in on it soon!

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Rachel Dolezal and Ethics in the Digital Age

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(obtained from bellanaija.com)

If you haven’t heard by now, Rachel Dolezal is the 37-year-old white woman who posed as a black civil rights activist for the last few years. Dolezal, who was born white, identifies as a black woman. While this odd controversy has sparked a debate about being “transracial”, and even lead to misguided comparisons to those who are transgendered, most people, especially those who serve in the NAACP Spokane, Washington chapter under Dolezal’s presidency, aren’t buying it.

A petition started by Dolezal’s co-chapter members, titled “It’s not about race, It’s about integrity!” began circulating MoveOn.org this weekend. Of the many complex issues associated with this topic, including race, racism and appropriation of culture, the subject of ethics is where I’d like to focus.

Whether Dolezal posed as a black woman because she has a personality disorder, or she truly believes she was meant to be a black woman, doesn’t exactly matter when we look at the ethical issue of the case.

An interest, concern and general passion to help racial groups outside of one’s own is not only okay, but also encouraged by most social justice groups. Being an ally, a member of one group fighting for another, always has a place in the struggle for equality. Anyone can donate to the NAACP. Anyone can join the NAACP. Anyone can hold leadership positions in the NAACP.

And while we’ll probably never really know why Dolezal decided to lie about her skin color, her father, her sons and her time in South Africa hunting with bows and arrows, (and the speculation that she lied about multiple hate crimes against her for the color of her skin), we do know that lying to the public about identity while holding a public position centered around that identity is wrong, unethical and deceptive.

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(Obtained from getmybuzzup.com)

The top values we discuss in public relations are typically integrity, honesty, accountability and transparency. None of which Dolezal has upheld in the wake of her untimely reveal. Dolezal has not issued an apology, continues to insist she is a black woman and accused her parents of beating her growing up, which her younger brother has refuted as false.

In the age of social media and information spreading like literal wildfire, who did Dolezal think she was going to fool? Or more importantly—since she fooled many for years—how long did she think she could keep up her charade? Her caricature of the black female experience in America was a PR disaster waiting to happen.

In order to protect one’s image, brand and the reputation of whichever organization’s a person represents, it should start becoming blatantly clear to the public that privacy for the sake of upholding non-truths and withholding honesty is becoming a thing of the past. Everything in this age is transparent, therefore we need to be a glass window to the public first.

While the fate of Dolezal’s NAACP leadership, and overall career is unknown, what is clear is that while Dolezal was obtaining her MFA in Africana Studies, she missed out on courses in ethics, integrity and the power of the media.

It’s my first post!

Hi all!

So while I have an about me page, I thought I would delve a little deeper into introducing myself, and explaining why I wanted to started this blog.

First off, I’m wrapping up my junior year at Cal Poly Pomona, and so far it has been absolutely amazing. Not only am I extremely fortunate to attend a school I’ve fallen in love with, I’m also indebted to the wonderful friends and professors I’ve been able to meet.  I am on a fantastic journey of growth, self-expression and maturation. It also helps that I adore my major: I love communication, I love public relations and I love social media. Everyone says to “find your passion” and “major in something you love.” I never thought I would find my passion—and yet here I am.

I started this blog to expand on my professional interests while applying them to my personal interests. You can easily find the seven categories I’ll be writing about on this blog on the top toolbar: health, lifestyle, personality, pop culture, public relations, social issues and travel.

I hope this blog helps me as much as it brings interest to all of you.

Hugs and kisses!

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(gif from julep.com, Nene Leakes, RHOA: Bravo)