According to her 2002 lawsuit, Rachel Dolezal (who then identified as her true self: the very Caucasian Rachel Moore) believed she had been discriminated against for being white, and that this discrimination had not just cost her a teaching position and scholarships, it meant the removal of her art from a student exhibit.
The suit was eventually tossed out, and Dolezal was even forced to reimburse Howard University more than $3500 in court and other costs. There is no question, though, that in Dolezal’s mind she had been discriminated against by a historically black college for the sin of being white, blonde, and freckle-faced.
What’s a girl to do?
From what we now know, in the apparent belief more opportunities would open up for her, Dolezal went to extraordinary lengths to masquerade herself as a black woman. She changed her name, darkened her skin, frizzed and darkened her hair, and serially-lied in order to enjoy Black Privilege.
Until the mask was ripped off last week, from the looks of it, it worked.
Dolezal flourished as a black woman. She became the president of the Spokane, Washington, NAACP. She earned a teaching position in Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University. She even won the chair of the Spokane Police Ombudsman’s Commission.
In the academic-grievance-government industry, by “identifying” herself as a black woman, lily-white Rachel Moore from Lincoln County, Montana, did pretty well for herself.
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