Rachel Dolezal, a transracial woman who was born white but claims to be African-American, has claimed to be “vindicated” by the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.
“Racially I identify as human, but culturally I identify as black,” she again claimed during a phone interview with the New York Post. “I do hope that we can rework the vocabulary. That’s part of challenging the race world view.”
According to the New York Post, Dolezal legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo in 2017 but continues to go by her former first name. Dolezal also claims the protests that have sprung up in major cities across the U.S. since George Floyd was killed in May have “vindicated” her own controversy.
“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. I have received hundreds of messages. Most of it’s been overwhelmingly positive,” she said per the report.
The New York Post adds:
She credited a sympathetic 2018 documentary, “The Rachel Divide,” for helping change people’s minds about her.
“The Netflix documentary did help some of the people understand some of the context and backstory. I have received a lot of apologies from people who jumped on the bandwagon on social media,” she said.
In June 2015, Dolezal was claiming to be biracial while serving as president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane when a local news reporter revealed that her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal of Montana, were both white.
As a result of this controversy, Dolezal was removed from her post at the NAACP and ultimately lost her teaching job at Eastern Washington University.
Sales from her 2018 memoir, “In Full Color,” helped, but she was later accused of welfare fraud for not reporting $84,000 in earnings to the state’s Department of Social and Health Services.
As the Daily Wire reports, Dolezal complained to The Guardian in 2017 that she exists on an island of her own when it comes to being transracial.
“There’s no protected class for me. 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,” she said.
She continued, per the report: “I do think a more complex label would be helpful, but we don’t really have that vocabulary. I feel like the idea of being trans-black would be much more accurate than ‘I’m white’. Because you know, I’m not white. There is a black side and a white side on all kinds of issues, whether it’s political, social, cultural. There’s a perspective, there’s a mentality, there’s a culture. To say that I’m black is to say, this is how I see the world, this is the philosophy, the history, this is what I love and what I honor. Calling myself black feels more accurate than saying I’m white.”