It’s been almost two months since Rachel Dolezal has been at the national forefront. She’s trying to figure out how to live. She says she does hair now. She spoke with Allison Samuels of Vanity Fair about her life now.
Rachel, a Caucasian American by birth, claimed for years that she was black and went as far as to identify a man she’d met in Idaho as her father until her biological parents ousted her. She spoke with Allison about her identity.
“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 say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.”
Hmmm I am struggling to find a way to understand how you can say you are black but not African-American. Though the term applied to blacks is incorrect how do you “identify” yourself as black? What makes one black?
She says she is trying to find out where to go from here as all her sources of income have dried up. She no longer has her teaching job nor does she have any of her paid or unpaid positions with the NAACP. She has fallen back on what a lot of single mothers in the black community have fallen back on, doing hair. She says she learned to do black hair while in Mississippi.
About how other’s perceive her now? She claims that she received a ticket and black was checked off on race without any question.
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