Rachel Dolezal Identifies as Black, Not African-American
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 16:05
She shared: "I was a little too white Black for his tastes".
Criticised for cultural appropriation Dolezal claimed that by not acting as a black woman it would be a betrayal of herself and her black community which she had represented and campaigned for. I definitely feel like in America, even though race is a social construct and we've acknowledged it in academia and science, there is still a line drawn in the sand. She taught African Studies at a university in Washington state and was even president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.
But Dolezal, who has a new book, 'Now In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, ' 'isn't backing down from her claim that she is a black person, regardless of her race. "Politically, here is a black side and a white side", Rachel Dolezal said.
Dolezal, 39, taught courses on African-American history and became president of a branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
"Gender is understood - we have progressed, we have evolved into understanding gender is not binary, it is not even biological but what strikes me as so odd is that race is not biological either and actually race has been to some extent less biological than gender", she said.
With this new book, Dolezal will try to explain her own thoughts and feelings about the great controversy she stirred back then. "When applying for a job, people were just seeing "Rachel Dolezal" and not paying attention to the wide-ranging experience and qualifications that I do have".
And, she says, she is "is still committed to racial and social justice work and education".
Rachel Dolezal, the USA woman who became famous -or infamous- in 2015 for passing as a black woman during a long time, recently published a book on her hard experiences with her struggles on racial identity. She has two mixed-race sons, Izaiah and Franklin, who have stood by her in the hard times she has had after scandal broke out.
Dolezal, who welcomed a son a year ago, said the impact of the media attention she has received is "definitely still a big challenge". Her legal name change was not revealed during the live television interview. It's been two decades of people trying to convince me I'm black, or I'm white, or I'm mixed.