She got caught for her shenanigans when her oyinbo parents outed her as white, and she was
fired made to resign from her position as the President of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) chapter in Spokane, Washington, as well as losing her job as an African Studies professor at the Eastern Washington University over the controversy because…Montana-born W.A.S.P.
Has she kept quiet and slowly slunk away though? Has she, heck. Now, Rachel Dolezal says that although she no longer identifies as African-American, she IS “black” and has a connection with and awareness of the black experience. My arse.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, she says “I wouldn’t say I’m African-American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms,” she told the magazine. “I didn’t deceive anybody. If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty.”
Ms Dolezal claims she recently received a traffic ticket from a police officer who identified her as black on the ticket without asking for her ethnicity.
But she defends her choice to identify as black by insisting the theme of “blackness” is an imprecise definition when applied to the African-American experience and to cultural identity.
“I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me.
“It’s not something that I can put on and take off any more. I’ve had my years of confusion and wondering who I really [was] and why and how do I live my life and make sense of it all.
“But I’m not confused about that any longer. I think the world might be, but I’m not.”
She talked about losing her jobs and the financial strain she’s now under as she braids hair for money in order to eke out a living.
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