And now, a word from Rachel Dolezal about Black Lives Matter, the death of George Floyd and the movement to defund the police.
Dolezal, a white woman who became a viral sensation in 2015 after she was outed for posing as a Black woman for over a decade, is speaking up in the wake of police brutality protests across the country — but her words may not be what anybody wants to hear.
The single mom of three, who changed her legal name to Nkechi Amare Diallo in 2017 but still goes by Rachel socially, says she’s been “energized by the drive for justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death,” according to the New York Post.
Dolezal concedes that the Black Lives Matter movement in her area of Spokane, Washington has declined her offer to get involved, though she says she has good relationships with individual protesters and members of the Black community. In fact, according to her, many of her supporters believe “this is her moment.”
“Overwhelmingly, most people I hear from are Black or mixed or non-white in some way and a lot of people have said ‘this is your moment, you’re vindicated,’” Dolezal tells the Post. “I have received hundreds of messages. Most of it’s been overwhelmingly positive.”
She continues that, in the years since the 2015 scandal exploded, “I have received a lot of apologies from people who jumped on the bandwagon on social media.”
Despite a high-profile Netflix documentary, Dolezal has been struggling financially since she was exposed for posing as Black and lost her jobs at the NAACP and at the Africana Studies department of Eastern Washington University.
In 2019, she was accused of welfare fraud for not reporting $84,000 in earnings from her memoir Full Color to the state’s Department of Social and Health Services.
These days, Dolezal is braiding hair for cash and trying to sell her art for $1000 a piece, including one she calls “Truth be Told,” which features white busts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Franklin Roosevelt, splattered with red paint. She’s also selling “skin tone masks” online:
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