Most of us have moved on from talking about Rachel Dolezal and her confused self-identification. However, Dolezal seems to be staying strong and refusing to back down from her lies.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair the former Spokane NAACP Chapter president stated that she will continue to identify as black.
“It’s not a costume. 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 that I can put on and take off anymore. Like I said, I’ve had my years of confusion and wondering who I really was and why and how do I live my life and make sense of it all, but I’m not confused about that any longer. I think the world might be—but I’m not.”
So, according to Dolezal, we’re the crazy ones.
“I just feel like I didn’t mislead anybody; I didn’t deceive anybody. If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn’t say I’m African American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.”
She also revealed that her last paycheck dated back to June and that her main source of recent income has been styling African-American hair- doing braids and putting in weaves.
Seems like there’s no “negotiating” with her any longer. She feels black and will continue to unapologetically identify as black.