Rachel Dolezal has been bashed from both sides of the spectrum, but won’t go away.
Dolezal is making headlines again now that her tell-all book is being published, and in it, she claims that “race is a social construct,” and that you can identify as any race you like… in her case, she chose to fake being African-American long enough to land a lead role in the NAACP.
In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, is what she called her book, which tells her life story. How she was born into a very white family, and how she ended up becoming “black”.
“I’ve identified as black. And black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and social view,” she said in a CNN interview.
Breitbart has more:
Dolezal’s book, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World dives deep into the 2015 media frenzy that erupted after the former NAACP branch president identified as “African-American.”
In an interview Saturday with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Dolezal said: “I believe that race is a social construct.”
Feeling as though she has always been misunderstood after publicly coming out as African-American, Dolezal said, “If I would have had time to really, you know, discuss my identity, I probably would have described a more complex label, pan-African, pro-black, bisexual, mother, artist, activist, but I think the question, Are you African-American? — I haven’t identified as African-American.”
“I’ve identified as black. And black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and social view,” she said.
Asked if she believes there are parallels between herself and transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, Dolezal said, “I want to be careful because certainly every category of our identity is, you know, with its own unique circumstances and challenges.”
The former African-American culture instructor at Eastern Washington University recently changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, a West African moniker that means “gift of God.”
Dolezal’s memoir, she says, was rejected by 30 publishing houses before one said it was willing to print.
“There’s no protected class for me,” Dolezal told the Guardian last month. “I’m this generic, ambiguous scapegoat for white people to call me a race traitor and take out their hostility on. And I’m a target for anger and pain about white people from the black community. It’s like I am the worst of all these worlds.”