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Remember The White Woman Who Claimed To Be Black? Rachel Dolezal Claims New Identity

Contemporary America has a long, ongoing history of acrimonious racial conflict. The saga of the previous Presidents of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rachel Dolezal, demonstrates how contentious and complicated the issue has become. In early 2017, Ms. Dolezal announced the release of her new memoir, entitled: ‘In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World. For several years, Ms. Dolezal has been viewed as a divisive figure in America’s conversation about racial issues. Many people see her a pioneering figure, encouraging equality and unity in America while another portion of the population believe she is a deceitful hypocrite.

The cause for such contention lies in Ms. Dolezal’s history, in 2015, the former President of the NAACP was accused by her own parents of “passing as black” and that the woman was “irrational and…disconnected from reality”. Ms. Dolezal was born to white parents and lived with 4 adopted, African-American siblings. In her new memoir, Ms. Dolezal targets the accusations of her parents and replaces their narrative of her childhood with a completely different one, saying that her: “childhood was riddled with corporal punishment…It wouldn’t have been too much of a stretch to call me an indentured servant”. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Ms. Dolezal’s book where she details possible the sexual exploitation and extraordinary negligence of her parents, informing readers that she was the primary caregiver for her African American siblings and developed a strong sense of kinship with them in the process.

The highly debated story of Rachel Dolezal serves as an excellent example of the broader divergence of beliefs within America when it comes to issues of race. It is hoped that Ms. Dolezal’s new memoir will give a more definitive, fact-based account of her very controversial life but only time will tell.

Source: USA Today
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