Alison Samuels recently interviewed Rachel Dolezal for Vanity Fair.com. Yes Sista Rachel, the white woman who’s been living her life as a black woman.
After her estranged parents set her downfall into motion by telling a local newspaper, in no uncertain terms, that their 37-year-old daughter had been born Caucasian, Dolezal was relieved of her paid and unpaid positions in Spokane. She resigned from her position with the N.A.A.C.P. (though odds are she would have been ousted if she hadn’t), and was asked to step down from a police oversight commission. Eastern Washington University, where she had a beloved part-time teaching job in the school’s Africana-studies program, did not renew her contract. Her life bears little resemblance to the one she and her 13-year-old son, Franklin, were living just six weeks ago.
“I’ve got to figure it out before August 1, because my last paycheck was like $1,800 in June,” she says. “[I lost] friends and the jobs and the work and—oh, my God—so much at the same time.”
According to Alison Samuels, Ms. Dolezal has very strong knowledge of black literature and the Civil Rights Movement. It’s also known that she attended Howard University for her graduate studies where she sued the school for discriminating against her because she’s a white woman. She sued as a white woman but lived her life as a black woman. And she continues to identify as a black woman even after all the media hype and criticisms she’s faced.
Dolezal spent years researching and then perfectly molding her black identity. She commands an impressive knowledge of African American literature, its writers, and the history of the Civil Rights movement. She attended graduate school at the historically black Howard University (where, The Smoking Gun reported, she unsuccessfully sued for being discriminated against because she was white). She is an expert in black hair, both as a practical matter and as a subject of academic inquiry. She makes it clear she doesn’t plan on altering the way she presents herself anytime soon.
Since she’s lost all of her jobs due to the controversy Rachel makes a living as a hair stylist specializing in braids and weaves.
You know I thought for sure Rachel would have received book and movie offers by now. LMN hasn’t called her yet?
Check out the entire interview at Vanity Fair.com.