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Donning her blond Solange inspired faux loc extensions, Rachel Dolezal, also known as Juwanna B. Black, covers Vanity Fair in an exclusive they call “True Lies”. For what seems to be a time when one would be hiding, it seems that Rachel Dolezal is unapologetic and obviously black. She explains as she sits down with Vanity Fair that she in fact still identifies as a black woman, even though she’s biologically white.
“It’s not a costume,” she says. “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 anymore. Like I said, 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.”
We know all too well, Ms. Dolezal, that it isn’t a costume. Which is why we are trying to understand why you’d like to wear it. The problem here is, you can’t be “Black” without being “colored” or “African American” in this country. That’s because that’s the origin of the name. It’s just the one that’s politically correct. If you were ACTUALLY black, you’d know the difference. But I digress. When asked about the support from the members of the community, Rachel said,
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“It’s been really interesting because a lot of people have been supportive within the N.A.A.C.P., but then there’s also some awkwardness because I went from being president to not-president,” she says. “I’m kind of just keeping a little bit of distance so that Naima can get in her flow of leadership. It’s actually hard because I think there’s a little coldness from her, which is hard to deal with for me, to feel like she doesn’t trust me as much now or something. I don’t know.”
Now to act naive as if she doesn’t understand the problem is beyond me. Ms. Dolezal you have misrepresented yourself AND the NAACP organization in its entirety. The morale is low and you can thank yourself, do not drag Naima into it. She is apparently responding to a statement that the new President of the Spokane chapter , Naima Quarles-Burnley, made stating, “I feel that people of all races can be allies and advocates, but you can’t portray that you have lived the experience of a particular race that you aren’t part of.” I have to admit, I agree with Naima.
Then the true feelings are revealed, listen closely. Rachel wants to write a book on the black experience or the way she experienced it. The problem for me is, why does she feel like she should make money off of her lies and deception?
“I would like to write a book just so that I can send [it to] everybody there as opposed to having to continue explaining,” she says. “After that comes out, then I’ll feel a little bit more free to reveal my life in the racial social-justice movement. I’m looking for the quickest way back to that, but I don’t feel like I am probably going to be able to re-enter that work with the type of leadership required to make change if I don’t have something like a published explanation.”
Rachel Dolezal, we do not need you to root for us or speak for us! Black people would have been fine with you being a white woman who was down for the cause, the lies and deception is to much! We didn’t forget about those paintings you plagiarize either! You’ve sold us a dream, we don’t need your book. Shout out to Allison Samuels for the shade that was present the entire interview in Vanity Fair. If you’d like to read the entire article click here http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/07/rachel-dolezal-new-interview-pictures-exclusive