Rachel Dolezal, the white woman infamous for identifying herself as a black person for decades and running a chapter of the NAACP, blames the “white media” for her troubles.
“It’s kind of a manufactured frenzy and controversy that got stirred up in 2015, right? By white media, the white parents, the white police… those are the people who instigated that controversy,” she told “Vice News Tonight” correspondent Dexter Thomas.
She said that if black people are mad at her, it’s “based on a white narrative,” and that the negative press has hurt her changes of getting a job.
“People just are, you know, not ready to progress and evolve and move forward on the issue of race, and I think part of what’s holding that up is there’s still this sense of, like, a score needs to be settled,” she said. “You know, we still haven’t had reparations, we still haven’t had, like, this healing, truth and reconciliation kind of stuff.”
The Vice reporter chimed in: “If we had reparations, would you be getting a check?”
“No,” Dolezal said. “I don’t actually identify as African-American. I identify as black.”
Dolezal’s life began to unravel two years ago when a TV reporter asked her, “Are you African-American?” and she turned from the camera and fled. After the incident went viral, her Caucasian parents came forward with photos of her childhood as a freckle-faced blonde and claims that her roots are German and Czech, with traces of Native American ancestry.
Last month, in an interview with The Guardian about her upcoming memoir “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World,” Dolezal said she’s jobless, has only been offered employment in reality television and porn films, feeds her family with food stamps, and doesn’t know how she will come up with rent money. She also said that although she has applied for more than 100 jobs, no one will hire her even to stock shelves.
“Right now the only place that I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” she said, claiming she can currently count the number of friends she has left in Spokane on her fingers.
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