Rachel Dolezal On Her Black Identity: “It’s Not A Costume”
In another interview describing her “transracial” shift to the black community, Rachel Dolezal spoke with Vanity Fair on what her new life has been like since her parents revealed to the world that she is white.
Following the controversial hailstorm from social media and social activists alike, the 37-year-old has since resigned from her NAACP chapter presidency in Spokane, Wash. and spoke to several news outlets about her reasons for “accepting her identity as a black woman.” Now, Dolezal is continuing on with her status, and told Vanity Fair that its now a permanent piece of her.
“It’s not a costume,” she said during the interview. “I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me. It’s not something I can put on or take off anymore.”
Dolezal also offered up some new information, such as being asked to step down from a police oversight commission and excusing herself from the blame of hurting actual black people with the racial falsehood. “I mean taking away my ability to lead in the community by questioning my integrity or my character or whatever really hit all of those things really hard,” she added. “Everything I do is connected to other people, so I don’t know how to assess the damage other than within my own mind. I know what I was working on and different people and systems that I was engaged with, but I mean, I hope that people are jumping in and picking up the slack.”
Dolezal finished up by saying that she plans to write a book to hopefully answer other inquiries about her racial alterations and lifestyle, and that she hopes it will reintroduce the freedom to “reveal [her] life in the racial social-justice movement.”
Check out the interview in full here.