The summer of 2015 saw Rachel Dolezal's rise to media infamy. It all started when her parents snitched on her (rightfully so, though) for falsely portraying herself as a Black person while simultaneously holding office at Spokane, Washington's NAACP branch as its president. The news was a lot to deal with, and to this day continues to cause media frenzy. Enter Martina Adam. This woman will have you longing for the simplistic days in which we thought Dolezal was as bad as things could get. Adam is a German white woman who is dead set on "transitioning" into becoming a Black person.
Her efforts to "transtition" are objectively concerning for a bevy of reasons. First off, you cannot transition into being a Black person. The mere idea of this impossibility suggests a severe lack of knowledge and sensitivities into the lived experiences of Black people. The oft-stated "everyone wants to be Black until the cops show up" fits in here. Adam's particular "transition" includes lip fillers and an extremely dramatic breast augmentation that suggests all Black people look one certain way, which in reality, of course, is not true. The result of her surgeries turns her into a caricature of what she thinks Black people look like. Ultimately, this gross fetishization of Blackness is harmful and disrespectful on so many levels. The fact that she thinks transitioning to a different race is feasible is also a trivialization of transgender people, who are still struggling to gain validation and exist in a world in which they have a 1-in-12 chance of being murdered as opposed to the average person's 1-in-18,000 chance. All of these reasons together suggest Adam does not understand the weight of her actions.
Her peculiar obsession with how she perceives Blackness could honestly make you long for Rachel Dolezal, something we never thought we'd type. Dolezal, at least, was familiar with the history and was actively working toward bettering the lives of Black people through her work at the NAACP. When push comes to shove, though, both of these women are in the wrong. Aggressively going out of your way to conceal your real identity and trying to be something you're not is just something we could never get behind.
(Photo: Martina Big via Instagram)
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