BACK IN THE NEWS: WHITE WOMAN WHO PRETENDED TO BE BLACK AND LIVED AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN FOR OVER 10 YEARS

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Throughout her childhood, she claims, she felt that she was black – even though she did not meet a single black person until she was ten.

She had blond hair and freckles while growing up near Troy, Montana. She says it was a ‘painfully white world’, which she eventually left behind.

When she was a teenager, her parents adopted four black children, and she felt ‘closer to something that felt oddly familiar’.

But even that warrants an attack on her parents because she claims the adoption was solely to benefit from tax breaks.

Dolezal says it wasn’t until she was able attend college that she was able to express herself as a black woman.

Rachel Dolezal spoke about how her parents 'outed' her as white in her book In Full Color
Rachel Dolezal spoke about how her parents ‘outed’ her as white in her book In Full Color

She attended Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, for her bachelor’s degree, then went on to get her Master of Fine Arts from the historically black college Howard University in Washington, DC.

Dolezal had married Kevin Moore in 2000, when he was a medical student at Howard University. They divorced in 2004, which is when she decided to become publicly black.

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The ruse worked for years until 2015 when her parents, with whom she has long feuded, told local reporters their daughter was born white but was presenting herself as a black activist in the Spokane region, an area with few minorities.

After the scandal that cost Dolezal her job in 2015, she lost her position with the NAACP.

She has sold some of her artwork, and also braids hair to earn money. But she said local colleges have refused to hire her, as have nonprofits, government agencies and even local grocery stores.

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Dolezal said she has applied for more than 100 jobs, including a position at the university where she used to teach, but no one will hire her.

The only work she has been offered is reality TV, and porn.

Dolezal said she wrote her memoir ‘In Full Color’ because she wanted to ‘set the record straight’ to both the black and white communities that felt as if she had wronged them. The book was released in March.

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One thought on “BACK IN THE NEWS: WHITE WOMAN WHO PRETENDED TO BE BLACK AND LIVED AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN FOR OVER 10 YEARS”

  1. The rights of individuals as transgender is the same right this lady exercised.

    If we accuse her of highest order deceit, that’s acceptable. As she seems in denial of her racial genetics.

    In her shoes, she probably never knew how to go about declaring who she felt she was.
    She confided in her brother though, that she was going to change her identity and request him no not to blow her cover.
    Psychologically, she may need help not branded as fraud. This is deeper than meets the eyes I dare say.

    Could she be experimenting on a research?
    Maybe not as she’s not working in collaborative liaison with any institution.

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