Rachel Dolezal is paying a high price for passing as a black woman. The former Africana studies professor, who still insists that she is black, was released from her contract at Eastern Washington University and resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP. In a Vanity Fair profile Dolezal says she is working on a book about her experiences, and is doing braids and weaves to make ends meet.
As she figures out where she’ll land next, Dolezal says she is surviving on one of the skills she perfected as she attempted to build a black identity. At Eastern Washington University, she lectured on the politics and history of black hair, and she says she developed a passion for taking care of and styling black hair while in college in Mississippi. That passion is now what brings in income in the home she shares with Franklin. She says she has appointments for braids and weaves about three times a week. She says that a previous custody agreement with her ex-husband mandates she stays in the Spokane area, but that now her ex may approve a move given recent circumstances.
“I would like to write a book just so that I can send [it to] everybody there as opposed to having to continue explaining,” she says. “After that comes out, then I’ll feel a little bit more free to reveal my life in the racial social-justice movement. I’m looking for the quickest way back to that, but I don’t feel like I am probably going to be able to re-enter that work with the type of leadership required to make change if I don’t have something like a published explanation.”
I mean she did fool thousands of people with that very realistic-looking curly hair wig, so… maybe she has skills?
Ladies, what are your thoughts? Are you sympathetic to Rachel’s plight, or do you feel this is all deserved?