Rachel Dolezal describes her unapologetic African Identity

Rachel Dolezal

In my post on February 27, 2017, In Defense of Rachel Dolezal—white woman who identifies as black, now jobless, may soon be homeless, I described my uneasiness with which both black and white communities have spoken ill about Rachel Dolezal. Up until reading the article about Rachel’s plight, I knew only peripheral bits and pieces about her from news reports and the vitriolic responses I’ve read a number of black and white individuals. After reading the article, I called a couple of my friends to ask them what they thought about Rachel Dolezal. In both instances they knew very little about her other than she was a white women who had been living as a black woman. I asked them if they felt any sympathy for Rachel—both cases they said they did not because she had lied about her race. Being a liar was, they thought, her greatest sin. So it was after these discussions that I decided to do a bit of research relating to Rachel Dolezal. I wanted to find out if she had committed other sins as a pretending black woman. Basically all I found out that was negative about Rachel was her pretending to be a black women. I did too find Rachel Dolezal TEDx Talk video in which she describes her unapologetic African identity.

I don’t know Rachel Dolezal, but I do know what it feels like to be prejudged—I think we all do. African descendants know all too well how it feels to be prejudged daily. So, do yourself a favor, watch Rachel Dolezal TEDx Talk — her unapologetic African Identity rational.  I would be interested in your thoughts.

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  1. Imam Al-Hajj Hakim Abdul-Ali
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    A very interesting issue about one’s race, ethnicity and identity. Maybe, everyone needs to take a hint and note that Africa, the original Motherland, is “the mother” of all “hue-mans” period. Mr. Bunn raises a sensitive inquiry that should make a lot of folk think about racial politics. In any case, this story cannot simply be swept away. It will and possibly register with many inquiring minds for sometime. America is a racially divided country in so many norms, and it looks like it will become more so in the future. It’s a more than an isolated, good for thought discussion, especially with so many confused multiracial claimants who are identifying with either this or that.

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