Well it looks like Rachel Dolezal is still African-American.
After her ordeal where she claimed to be Black during her tenure as a part-time professor of Black Studies and President of NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) chapter in Spokane, Washington, Rachel is still positive that she is and will always be Black.
In a feature interview in Vanity Fair titled “Rachel Dolezal’s True Lies”, Rachel says that even though she knows she isn’t African-American, she can’t help but be Black and people’s misunderstanding of her intentions is not her fault.
Read excerpts from the interview;
“It’s not a costume“. “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.“
“It’s taken my entire life to negotiate how to identify, and I’ve done a lot of research and a lot of studying.” “I could have a long conversation, an academic conversation about that. I don’t know. I just feel like I didn’t mislead anybody; 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, because I wouldn’t say I’m African American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.“
Read the rest of her interview on VanityFair,com.
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