Rachel Dolezal made waves in 2015 for being a white woman who considers herself black. Now she’s on the verge of being homeless so we’ve gathered up all you need to know about her.
Rachel Dolezal, 39, was a major news story back in 2015. At the time she was the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a beloved professor at Eastern Washington University. Now, she’s on the verge of homelessness and cannot get a job. We’ve gathered up the five things you need to know about Rachel.
1. It all started when a local news crew arrived at her house.
A local news organization arrived at Rachel’s house to ask her some questions for a story. When they asked her if she was African American, Rachel told them, “I don’t understand the question,” before retreating inside. The truth came tumbling out despite Rachel denying she was white for five months.
2. She is about to homeless.
Rachel will unfortunately lose her home soon after a friend helped pay for a month’s rent. She is currently feeding her family with food stamps. “Right now the only place that I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” she told The Guardian.
3. She wrote a memoir.
She claims she wrote her book entitled In Full Color to “open up this dialogue about race and identity, and to just encourage people to be exactly who they are.” Rachel had to shop her book around to 30 publishing houses before one agreed to publish it. “I do think a more complex label would be helpful, but we don’t really have that vocabulary. I feel like the idea of being trans-black would be much more accurate than ‘I’m white’. Because you know, I’m not white,” she said.
4. She has no regrets.
“I don’t have any regrets about how I identify,” Rachel told, Today‘s Savannah Guthrie. “I’m still me and nothing about that has changed.” She also said on the program, “Race is such a contentious issue because of the painful history of racism. Race didn’t create racism, but racism created race. So I think it’s important to really think through a lot of those topics and questions that people have.”
5. Rihanna offered up her opinion on Rachel.
Rihanna defended Rachel in her Vanity Fair interview and said, “I think she was a bit of a hero because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”
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