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'White Privilege' Shows Up in New Profile of Rachel Dolezal

Ijeoma Oluo found Dolezal 'dismissive,' 'condescending' toward blacks in interview

(Newser) - If you haven't tired of hearing about Rachel Dolezal —the woman who was born white but now identifies as black— Ijeoma Oluo has penned "The Heart of Whiteness," a new piece for the Stranger that Jezebel calls "so good we never have to think about... More »

How Rachel Dolezal Became a 'Woke Soul Sista'

She describes childhood, transformation in new memoir

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal might have been born a white woman in Montana, but she calls herself "unapologetically black." Now jobless and selling paintings to get by, the former head of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP—who has legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, meaning... More »

Controversial NAACP Leader Invited to Speak at MLK Fest

Cary, NC, has asked Rachel Dolezal to participate

(Newser) - Cary, North Carolina, is courting controversy with its speaker choice for the annual MLK Dreamfest Celebration in January, reports the New Observer . The city has invited former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who triggered a national conversation about race and identity last year when it was revealed that she had presented... More »

Caitlyn Jenner Inspires 'Word of the Year'

Dictionary.com chooses 'Identity'

(Newser) - Unlike Oxford Dictionaries , Dictionary.com is sticking with an actual word for its 2015 word of the year: "identity." The site unveiled its choice as "the clear front-runner" Tuesday, noting "many of the year's biggest stories focused on the way in which individuals or members... More »

Rachel Dolezal: My Identity Isn't a 'Costume'

Ex-NAACP head tells 'Vanity Fair' world may be confused about her, but she's not

(Newser) - It's been more than a month since Rachel Dolezal caused a media circus when her parents revealed she was a white woman passing as black. Now the ex-NAACP head is speaking out, telling Vanity Fair that she still identifies and connects with the "black experience," and that... More »

Diddy Takes a Tumble at BET Awards

Sam Smith also made an appearance—sort of

(Newser) - Watch where you're walking, Diddy. While rocking out on stage at the BET awards last night, the hip-hop star fell into a hole that had opened in the stage to introduce Lil' Kim during a performance in celebration of Bad Boy Records' 20th anniversary. He managed to pull himself... More »

Dolezal Booted From Police Oversight Panel

Report identifies workplace harassment, conflict of interest

(Newser) - If Rachel Dolezal gets a reality show, it won't be able to focus on her volunteer position on Spokane’s police oversight commission. Spokane City Council voted 6 to 0 yesterday to remove Dolezal from the Police Ombudsman Commission after a report found evidence of wrongdoing by Dolezal and... More »

Dolezal's Next Move: Reality TV?

There's also a $50K porn offer on the table

(Newser) - Days after stepping down from her post at the NAACP, Rachel Dolezal may already be in talks for a new gig: her own reality show. Dolezal has reportedly been "offered two reality shows from different production companies," a source tells Radar Online . "The offers were made last... More »

Why Dolezal 'Undermines' African-Americans

Columnist: Her lie was made possible by our nation's racist past

(Newser) - As a white woman, Rachel Dolezal could have turned into an especially strong advocate for African-Americans as leader of her local NAACP, writes Tamara Winfrey Harris in the New York Times . Too bad that her "empathy evolved into impersonation," a dishonesty that "undermines the very people she... More »

Dolezal: 'No Biological Proof' White Parents Birthed Me

'Yeah, I am black,' she tells NBC

(Newser) - The Rachel Dolezal story got even stranger during an NBC interview last night in which, as Raw Story puts it, she went "full-scale birther" on herself. Asked by Savannah Guthrie whether she thought it was misleading to identify as black, Dolezal responded, "I haven't had a DNA... More »

Are You a Black Woman? Rachel Dolezal Finally Answers

Former NAACP leader gives her first major interview

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal opened up to Matt Lauer this morning, who put it to her plainly: "Let me just ask you the question in simple terms: 'Are you an African-American woman?'" Dolezal didn't hesitate: "I identify as black," she replied. Lauer challenged that answer, displaying... More »

Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as NAACP President

'This is not about me. It's about justice,' she writes in Facebook post

(Newser) - This morning it seemed up in the air whether there'd be an NAACP meeting today to address the Rachel Dolezal controversy . Now, however, it appears that the NAACP part of the story is over, as Dolezal is apparently stepping down from her post as president of the Spokane chapter,... More »

Rachel Dolezal's Parents: We Didn't Plan to Expose Her

Couple says they were approached by reporters: 'We weren't going to lie'

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal's biological parents say they didn't set out to expose their daughter as a white woman . That was merely the consequence of "some investigative reporting," according to her father. Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal, the white couple listed on Dolezal's Montana birth certificate, say they... More »

NAACP Board: Dolezal Can't Just Postpone Meeting

She doesn't have authority—and group still has other work to do, members say

(Newser) - A post yesterday on the Spokane NAACP's Facebook page indicated that the meeting between beleaguered president Rachel Dolezal and NAACP board members had been postponed . But some of those members are now saying Dolezal doesn't have the authority to put off said meeting. The Spokesman-Review reports that in... More »

Rachel Dolezal Didn't Try to Pass as Black at Black College

But NAACP official looks much different now, says former student

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal may be a white woman passing herself off as a black woman , but Jezebel reports that she made no such effort while attending a predominately black college. “She had straight, blonde hair,” a former student at Howard University tells the website. “She didn’t look... More »

What the NAACP Thinks About Rachel Dolezal

Group issues statement in response to the chapter president being outed as white

(Newser) - A white Montana couple say their daughter, the head of the Spokane NAACP in Washington, has been disguising herself as a black woman for years, but it appears the NAACP is still standing by Rachel Dolezal, at least for now. A statement released today by the group notes that "... More »

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