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It was reported this week that a woman named Rachel Dolezal, leader of the Spokane NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People), has been lying about her ethnicity for over a decade. Her motivation, according to most observers, has been to facilitate a career in America’s burgeoning racial grievance industry, of which the NAACP is but a bit player.

And if she was motivated by personal ambition, then it certainly says a lot about the power of the grievance industry that she was prepared to go to such extreme lengths. But what if wasn’t personal ambition? I don’t think it should be dismissed prematurely that Ms Dolezal actually believes she is black.

Joking comparisons to Bruce Jenner aside, Ms Dolezal has reacted to her outing with defiance, and at the time of writing, is sticking by her self-identification.

‘Trans-racialism’ was the word used by a black friend of mine to refer to this phenomenon, and it’s a phenomenon he claims isn’t wholly new. Just as people struggle over their gender, he explained, so do people with their racial identity. Just as a man can feel he is born in a woman’s body (impossible, of course), so can a White woman feel she was born in a black woman’s body (equally so).

Strange times.