Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP branch president who gained global notoriety for claiming to be black now insists she is “trans-black” and silently changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo in a Washington Court last October.
Her new first name Nkechinyere originates from a Nigerian language, Igbo, and stands for “gift of God” or “What God has given”. Diallo also originates from a Nigerian language, Fula (Muslim ethnic group), and means “bold”.
There is no clear reason why Dolezal decided to rename herself; it could be the negative press she received once the scandal broke in 2015, when her parents disclosed that she wasn’t black as she claimed.
Heat Street reports:
She was consequently forced to step down from her position as NAACP branch President in Spokane, Washington and as a professor at a university there. She later admitted that she was “biologically born white to white parents” but insisted that race isn’t “coded in your DNA.”
According to a recent interview with The Guardian, Dolezel is having difficulty getting by after the scandal. She told the paper that she’s nearly homeless, can’t find a job and is currently living on food stamps.
She has applied for well over 100 jobs, including a supermarket position, but received no offers. The only offers the former professor receives are to perform in pornography or reality television, opportunities she has declined.