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NAACP Imposter Sued School Over Race Claims

Rachel Dolezal alleged she was victim of white discrimination

 

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JUNE 15--The NAACP official who today resigned in the face of evidence that she masqueraded as black once sued Howard University for denying her teaching posts and a scholarship because she was a white woman, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Rachel Dolezal, 37, who headed the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter, sued Howard for discrimination in 2002, the year she graduated from the historically black college with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

 

Dolezal, then known as Rachel Moore, named the university and Professor Alfred Smith as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C.’s Superior Court. During the pendency of the civil case, Smith was chairman of Howard’s Department of Art.

 

According to a Court of Appeals opinion, Dolezal's lawsuit “claimed discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender.” She alleged that Smith and other school officials improperly blocked her appointment to a teaching assistant post, rejected her application for a post-graduate instructorship, and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student.

 

The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was“motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over”her.

 

As detailed in the court opinion, Dolezal’s lawsuit contended that Howard was “permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult.”

Judge Zoe Bush dismissed Dolezal’s complaint in February 2004, 18 months after the lawsuit was filed and Dolezal was deposed on several occasions. Bush found no evidence that Dolezal was discriminated on the basis of race or other factors. The D.C. Court of Appeals subsequently affirmed Bush’s decision.

Following the dismissal of Dolezal’s lawsuit (and the Court of Appeals decision), she was ordered to reimburse Howard for a “Bill of Costs” totaling $2728.50. During the case, she was also ordered to pay the university nearly $1000 in connection with an “obstructive and vexatious” court filing that sought to improperly delay her examination by an independent doctor.

Dolezal’s lawsuit, included “claims for medical and emotional distress damages,” according to a court docket. (5 pages)

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"The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was“motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over”her."

 

What!? She got a lot of gall to then try to pass for black, nothing but a practiced liar. She is cooked and exposed, I feel embarrassed for the NAACP. She got issues.

Ya know, there's something racially wrong with this chick.  Hopefully, she'll get help and make amends with her father and mother before they die. Tell them you love them before they die so that you won't end up kicking your ass feeling sad when they're no longer around.  Life's really too short for all the bull shit we're surrounded by world-wide. If she's black in her mind, she's black in her mind.  No different from men who are women in their mind or women who are men in theirs.  The crazy's off the heezy these days.

 

When EVERYONE totally loses their mind to the point of no return, either there's going to be peace or there's going to be just earth circling the sun with no life upon it anywhere.

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#RachelsMixtape: Twitter Attempts To Dub Rachel Dolezal’s Next Street Project

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Black Twitter seriously is a treasure trove. When questionable phenomenon centered around race arises, it’s often the first and the fastest to turn SMH’s into laughable moments.

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Take the reemergence of Rachel Dolezal, the white former NAACP chapter president still working to convince the masses (and herself) that she is indeed a blackwomanVanity Fair’s new feature on her opened up the can of worms surrounding her race fluidity, in which the accompanying photos for the piece likened a probably mixtape cover from the hood.

How much knitting yarn did it take to make that whateverthefuckitis hanging off the side of her head? Looks like there's enough of it to throw across a river and make a bridge. Whether racially confused/sexually confused; confusion's confusion. She looks like Caitlyn with some meat on the bones. The sickness that's going around affecting most of humanity's becoming too much for me to fathom. I can't believe the crap that's going down everywhere on every channel of my TV. I can't even find anything worth a damn for me to watch on DEMAND. Looks like there's about 14 hours of watching autopsies if I so choose. Ain't that some shit? Can watch some sexaholics or watch some "comedians" tell some oral sex "jokes" that are supposed to make me bowl over with laughter, I suppose. Watched a David Bowie documentary, went through that without falling asleep, which was a miracle. Dennis Rodman's on there, can't look at him long enough to even begin to think about his friendship with North Korea.

 

I have Philip Bailey's and Charlie Wilson's books to start reading and I'd better start soon. Old Blow-up Doll Mouth's flappin' about Senator McCain. Wonder how he'd have made being locked down in Viet Nam being tortured for 5 years? That teeny tiny mouth of his stuffed with something or another? Probably wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes with his 10 billion.

 

CNN can't stop talking about the 50 women Bill Cosby drugged with Quaaludes and all the shit he did that he DIDN'T want Camille to know, that she KNOWS NOW. The 30 presidential candidates yappin', flappin', noddin', wavin' everywhere else, horrific explosions in the foreign war zones between ISIS or whatever, people (probably women and babies) being fried into ashes instantly. Mothers' sons totally out of their damn minds over there and over here too.

 

I've got to search for some MIND RELAXATION. Maybe I'll start with Charlie first, Philip second.

 

Gotta coerce someone into buying me that twerking bear at Walmart, I'll start with the man I married first, to see how far I get. 

Rachel Dolezal's 15 minutes of fame is officially up. It went as fast as it came.

 

She's off the front page nationally, she lost all her hustles while pretending to be a African American woman, she's not going to get any sympathy or compassion from anyone regardless of how well intended she was trying to help Blacks.

 

Getting hired?

 

Maybe (Blacks will give her a break but not Whites) but not right now.

 

More TV?

 

Dead.

 

Book or possible movie deal?

 

Dead.

 

Dylann Roof, the confederate battle flag and Rachael Dolezal.

 

All things White coming down for good.

 

There is no longer interest in her that she really hoped would have taken here to the very next level in popularity, notoriety, fame (infamy), reputation and very high positive cash flow she hoped would be coming her way because she got exposed hoping to take clear advantage of it.

 

Instead she's damaged goods, treated like a disease and a routine punch line for stand up comics.

 

She's the brand new Tiger Woods who sadly (no one cares) doesn't have a place or race to call home (Whites men and especially white women, don't want nothing to do with her) who got abandoned by the African American community because Tiger Woods isn't Black or biracial but instead, "Calabasian".

 

Her best political and business move right now?

 

Go to therapy.

 

Crazy white girl painted in a corner.

 

I still say that everyone is making this into a much bigger deal than it really is, because there are plenty of White people out there that really do "identify" with Black people, the same way there are plenty of Black people out there that "identify" with White people, and we all know that if there would not be White people out there that would send these Black people back to the Black race with their tails between their legs, these Black people would be claiming to be White and not Black.  

 

This story keeps cropping up because they know it's just more distraction chatter.

 

 

 

 

That's why there should be mandatory DNA testing and close everyone in America's mouths permanently about race. Some folks would even commit suicide probably. Sick as this country is racially; folks would have no idea. Some folks would probably even die of laughter, finding out the true identity of other folks, who had no clue.

 

Put it on TV, it would be better than anything on now. Name it:  The True Racial Identity of America's Assholes, All of Them.

Adopted Black Face/Black Mind

She's no different than white people tattooing themselves into total blackness on their arms, then being so damn proud to show the nastiness. That truly looks insane to me along with the Blurple, which I discussed before. Folks just insane. Trump wants to get in so he can bring back the total INSANITY back in the days of 1619. People in America living the lie so much they're turning into racial beasts. God's trying to end this shit; trying hard!!!!!!

I think they made too big of a deal about her in the first place, I mean, I couldn't see what sooooooo wrong with her claiming to be Black from the context in which she explained it.  

Hell, there are countless White people in America that don't deal with nobody but Black people, that walk, "talk", dress, and live Black; who have essentially given up their "Whiteness" in favor of "Blackness".  

I believe her story was deliberately given so much press to shame other White people from adopting the Black race, and to humiliate her for doing so.  

Hell, how many people are passing for "White"as we speak?  

How many passed as "White" after Slavery?

During Reconstruction?

During jim crow?

How many Black women are walking around with their nappy hair chemically relaxed or heat straightened?  

And, [shamefully], how many Black women are getting cancer and/or scarred for life trying to bleach their beautiful black and brown and tan skin white or lighter?

How many Black people, in America (and globally) are walking around literally mimicking EVERYTHING White people do or say?

So, I think the criticism and 'outrage' was over-kill on Rachel Dolezal, and that if anything, Black people should have been insulted that her [or anyone else] wanting to be Black was viewed as so outrageous that it deserved to be put under a microscope, psychoanalyzed, and dissected into a million pieces, in the first place.

 

 

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I think they made too big of a deal about her in the first place, I mean, I couldn't see what sooooooo wrong with her claiming to be Black from the context in which she explained it.  

Hell, there are countless White people in America that don't deal with nobody but Black people, that walk, "talk", dress, and live Black; who have essentially given up their "Whiteness" in favor of "Blackness".  

I believe her story was deliberately given so much press to shame other White people from adopting the Black race, and to humiliate her for doing so.  

Hell, how many people are passing for "White"as we speak?  

How many passed as "White" after Slavery?

During Reconstruction?

During jim crow?

How many Black women are walking around with their nappy hair chemically relaxed or heat straightened?  

And, [shamefully], how many Black women are getting cancer and/or scarred for life trying to bleach their beautiful black and brown and tan skin white or lighter?

How many Black people, in America (and globally) are walking around literally mimicking EVERYTHING White people do or say?

So, I think the criticism and 'outrage' was over-kill on Rachel Dolezal, and that if anything, Black people should have been insulted that her [or anyone else] wanting to be Black was viewed as so outrageous that it deserved to be put under a microscope, psychoanalyzed, and dissected into a million pieces, in the first place.

 

I believe her story was deliberately given so much press to shame other White people from adopting the Black race, and to humiliate her for doing so.  

Excellent points! But I do think it was foul basing that lawsuit on reverse racism, it smacks of entitlement. 

When you contrast what Black women do with nappy hair, why is the reverse such a big deal? 

A Black family took in a white kid they were babysitting and for some reason the mother never came back for him. After so many days they went to where she was staying and got his stuff and took him in and treated him like family. He was a really a quiet dude hardly ever said a word. And he never had a lot of friends but he was one tough white boy. He seemed like he was depressed, hardly ever smiled or laugh.

But he was as Black as anyone on the block and I never forget a white boy at school called him a nigger because Timmy dressed with Black taste, spoke with a Black accent. Timmy beat his ass and dragged his face on a hot black tar street, Timmy could throw down with the best of them. This was back in the day when boys took turns fighting each other and that white boy had no idea Timmy had skills honed in the hood. He married his step sister and no one batted an eye.  

Blackness is culture too, not just what we look like. 

  I listen to the interview.  Wasn't impressed.  Blackness is a label massa put on us...but!  It's our culture he/she wants cuz he/she ain't got one.  So like always they select the portions of our culture they want/like as theirs then bash what they don't want/like/or understand as truth.  What troubles me is the arrogant and entitlement....and the open denial about their twisted barbaric misogynistic  history.  As I listen to her speak, I can't help but think....how dare you whore.  Stand in your own lane.  This is not your culture.  We can't have anything.  Not even our men.  With you snooping being the whore that you are.  That's all you know  So.  Oh No. You ain't tryin to come in my kitchen talking no shyte about my black culture.  I don't care how many black heads you braided or combed or brush.  Don't make you black.  So.  Who.  You?  That's what I'm thinking as I  hear describe what she think is the essence of black hair.  Her credentials means...absolutely nothing.  Cuz we have own amazing black women past and future doing their thing for the black cause.  Hey these women are the REASON there is still admiration and pride about the black culture.  Don't need no skank whore speaking for us.  We do WELL all by ourselves.   As a matter of fact, we do EXCELLENT.

If you really care?  Since you now have black babies?  Spend more time at the police brutality protests/justice for peace rallies.   Other than that?  Us black women here doing fine.  Just fine...without you.  That's what I would like to convey, if I could.  Cuz we don't need a minstrel dance coming from a white whore.  She can contribute nothing.  Not a damn thang.  Like she's a better black woman than a REAL black woman.  GTFOH.  See?  Massa  TOOK everything.  Now his whore is attempting to take the black woman's identity. [cuz the only identity the white woman has is being whore or madame in some (Arab's) harem or playboy bunny club] .  I know that this is a bit of a stretch.  But this is the real world and the kind of thinking that got us over here as slaves.  So I wouldn't put anything pass a white whore's motive.  Hell Jenner is now wearing a dress. He snatched our identity so you know white whore gonna follow right behind him.  As why it is important for Rachel to be viewed as a black woman....not a white woman.  Cuz her history is sex slavery.  Our history is labor.  Then we got freedom.  Hers is still ongoing.  So whose history would you pick?    But!  

There are so many things we could have been born as. Be thankful we're human. Who cares what this confused woman wants to do with herself?? No worse than Caitlyn Jenner or some of the other confused humans on the planet. If white people had been born as spiders, we could have tap danced all over their asses and squished them into oblivion. Folks need to be thankful they're breathing today. Some crazy mother's something or another could blow your brains out before the day's over. Worry about things important. Black White Rachel ain't one. That's her mother's problem. When you go outside, look at the folks and like "Find Waldo", see if you can "Find Sanity", amongst the creeps walking your way. If you find one, you've had a good day for now.

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Rachel Dolezal Is Filming a Documentary at Howard University

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Noted "black experience" reenacter Rachel Dolezal was spotted at Howard University on Thursday. Her arrival was catalogued in a series of tweets by people on campus who were probably just as confused as you are. 

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.@racheldolezaI is on @HowardU's campus shooting a documentary about race and identity in America.

 
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lmfao at this text I just got. howard university potbelly.

 

Maya Cade, the executive editor of A Tribe Called News, wrote that Dolezal stepped on the grounds of her alma mater to film a documentary about "race and identity in America." According to Cade, the director of the film is white. No word yet on the name of the documentary, but chances areTranscending Race was suggested at least once.

Calls to Howard inquiring whether the university granted permission for Dolezal to film on campus were not immediately returned.

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I kinda like her, she identifies being Black and loving it. Yeah, she did some questionable things but I don't think anyone got hurt? Lots of coons really want to be white, doing everything they can to look white and I don't see white people criticizing them. 

  When they talk about her?  I  say to myself....Duh  ummm whatever man.  Cuz she [with her taking ownership of being black]...strikes me a little different-knowing the history of the white mistress associated with slavery, and the ante bellum era.  I dunno.  I just don't believe it.  Something about her to me is fake and it could be that something happened in her family dynamics to make her reach outside of that to seek another identity[as a matter of fact, the total opposite in identity].  I'm not sure how I feel about her anymore.  With everything happening to our race-the violence, the deaths...I grow very suspicious to the enemy's motives...even with a smiling face and even when wearing our style of image...somethin' just ain't right.  I feel it in my gut.  It could be for me how massa can just SNATCH...focking take our identity at will-dissect it.   And we can't say anything...cuz you know we don't have proof except for the black image smeared on the ancient artifact...not the graphic imagery that massa creates demanding that it belongs to him-when it clearly doesn't.  So I'm troubled with women like her who use our identity to hide behind...without dealing their own indiscretions with their people...why pull us in it?  So I'm currently strugglin with that.  Cuz we can't have nothing it appears.  We can't have our OWN culture...or the people in it.  I feel sometimes like the animals who are skinned for their pelts and the rest as food.  They taking our music, our sciences, our arts or literary works, our achievements, our image/philosophy.....I mean what can we as people keep as OURS?   Now this?  Couple that with transgenders....and man!  Black people ain't gon have no rights....cuz they are gonna be usurped by wannabe blacks...plus if they wanna be a woman too?  We are doomed.  But!   

Ole Massa is a SNATCHER from way back!!!!!!!!!!! Snatches countries, people, genitalia, embraces hatred of all kinds, snatches lives of everything living/breathing on the planet, a genius at pretending.

Who informed us they were human beings or is that something that was just assumed? 

Sunnubian  “I still say that everyone is making this into a much bigger deal than it really is, because there are plenty of White people out there that really do "identify" with Black people, the same way there are plenty of Black people out there that "identify" with White people, and we all know that if there would not be White people out there that would send these Black people back to the Black race with their tails between their legs, these Black people would be claiming to be White and not Black.”

Not confined merely to one’s gender identification, the meaning of transgender seems to imply that gender identity to which a person presently identifies with transcends and go beyond their gender birth assignment. Therefore, birth assignment and a birth certificate both of which identify gender at birth is illrelavant and has little or no meaning as it relates to gender identification.   In the 1970’s the U.S Census Bureau added the racial category of “other” that identified Americans of mixed racial heritage.   In particular the category “other” applied to Americans of mixed racial identity who refused to be categorized as solely black, white or Asian.   Likewise, transgender and transsexual people and their advocates are seeking a third legal gender category.   The transgender argument and resolution will ultimately reach the Supreme Court of the United States where the question of whether transgender is a protected category under the CRA of 1964.

If the Supreme Court of the United States affirms that transgender is indeed a protected class and category under the CRA of 1964, then the meaning of transgender that I alluded to in the above paragraph applies. In light of a US Supreme Court decision that affirms transgender as a protected class then any argument that relates to the issue of gender specific public facilities and birth assignment is futile. In the case of transgender one can only conclude that an affirmative decision by SCOTUS is interpreted to indicate that gender assignment at birth relative to current gender identity is obsolete.

In similar manner as the transgender birth assignment argument, being born from a union of two Caucasian parents should be equally as obsolete when it comes to racial identification. The US Census Bureau as I previously stated added the category and placed a check box “other” on census questionnaires that identifies those of mixed racial heritage.   Rachel Dolezal has argued vehemently that she identifies as “black or African American.”   In Rachel Dolezal’s case the question of racial identification carries the same qualities as that of transgender for whom both identities differs from their birth and racial assignment. Thus, following this current transgender crusade it is not inconceivable to believe or imagine that in the next 50 or so years, - the day will arrive when regardless of skin color “white wiggers,” and black people who deny their race may get their wish and be able to legally claim to be other than what they were born as. The ramifications would turn affirmative action and the CRA of 1964 on its head as any white person who as Rachel Dolezal has done can identify as black. Thus, in the future anybody based solely on racial identification could have legal grounds to argue and win affirmative action cases. This is not what Dr. King envisioned.

Aside from denying the real horrors and depravity of the centuries-long Holocaust against us, how often is the obvious acknowledged? –  > that the US is a Euro-African culture.

I was checking Trump supporters on Facebook. They are haters and KKKers from hell. We’ll get an accurate readout of how many throwback white racists are out there by how many vote for ignorant Don. Yeah, I’m voting.

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Must like mold in your basement or a fungi that grows up the side of your house...

She's back promoting...NATURAL HAIR!!!

 

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Rachel Dolezal’s New Controversy: Headlining a Natural Hair Rally
The woman who was born white and identifies as black is causing an uproar for simply being invited to speak to a gathering focused on black hair.
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Rachael Dolezal, the white woman caught masquerading as a black woman who ignited a national debate about race, has kept a relatively low profile since her fall last year.
But this weekend she will headline the Naturally Isis Braid-On, Economic Liberty March and Rally in Dallas, Texas. Dolezal was invited by Isis Brantley, a celebrity stylist, natural hair activist, and owner of the Institute of Ancestral Braiding.
The announcement about Dolezal, posted on Brantley’s Facebook pages, sent formidable shock waves throughout the natural hair community as baffled naturalistas struggled to understand why a champion of an African cultural art form would invite a white woman accused of appropriating black culture to be a featured speaker at a black cultural event.

Dolezal, who lives in Spokane, Washington, says that she had no ill intent when Brantley approached her through Facebook in February to invite her. She said it was a few months before she accepted because she was close to giving birth to her third child.
“I’m not coming as a curiosity or for any controversy,” said Dolezal, who agreed to a phone interview on the condition Brantley be interviewed at the same time. “My intention is to support Isis and the braid freedom movement in whatever way it will be most helpful. I don’t want to be a liability for anyone. It’s a justice issue and I’ve been a social justice activist for years. It’s really that simple.”
Since resigning from the NAACP and losing her job as an adjunct instructor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, Dolezal said she now makes her living as a braider. Dolezal once taught a course in the politics of black hair—now she works braiding it. She specializes in creating styles that are popular among African-American women.
Dolezal kept the media pretty busy last year digging up details about her background. She insisted that a black man, Albert Wilkerson, was her father, even though he repeatedly denied it and her estranged biological parents, who are white, produced photographs and a birth certificate as proof that she is white. Her cover was blown after she was suspected of planting a package in the post office box of the NAACP that was addressed to her and filled with racial threats and epithets. What was mysterious was that the package had no postmark that would indicate that was actually mailed to the post office box which had only two keys. The postal workers who were cleared in the investigation had access to one key, Dolezal had the other.
Brantley, who insists that she did not know about Dolezal’s reputation and controversial past, says the backlash and critical social media messages took her by surprise.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she told The Daily Beast during the interview call. “People threatened to boycott me. They are calling me a sellout and saying that I am ‘Massa’s girl’ or some mess like that. I just stopped looking and blocked everybody.”
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Brantley says that Dolezal’s braiding skills that she caught glimpses of on television “impressed” her and she wanted to ask her to come to the hair event to celebrate and join them in rallying for braiders’ rights.
“This would make a great connection or union,” Brantley said. “If we could just come together we can spread this love across the country and see that braiders are free to work in all 50 states.”
She said that Dolezal’s role will have more to do with solidarity, meeting and greeting but not serving as a keynote speaker.
Reactions to Brantley’s decision to invite Dolezal were emotional, ranging from ear-shattering wails of disbelief, expletives, and social media postings that either ranted or mocked what she did. Because Brantley is a revered leader in the community, many of the disappointed ones preferred to keep their comments off the record.
“Strange bedfellows,” says L. Michelle Smith, a Dallas PR executive and former client of Brantley who joins the chorus of the confused. “Isis is everyone’s natural hair hero and Dolezal is the queen of cultural appropriation.”
“Sisters are hotter than a straightening comb in a beauty shop full of women on the day before Easter,” says Olinka Green, a Dallas community activist who asked whether Dolezal had any magical skills that helped her get invited.
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“Can she touch scalps and instantly get rid of aleopecia?” Green said. “Can she restore growth? Does she have the Midas touch? Apparently she does because she went from being pale white to golden brown.
“Rachel wants the black girl magic and the glory and attribution,” she said, “but she can’t put up with what we go through day to day.”
“Bringing her is a slap right in our faces,” said Tonia Lawson, a longtime Brantley admirer from Detroit. Lawson saw the Facebook announcement, which had a photo of Brantley wearing her trademark puffy, free-flowing curls, posed next to Dolezal who wore long blond locs. “It was absolutely a Twilight Zone moment for me,” Lawson said. “I started to unfriend her I was so mad.”
Brantley’s critics flooded her Facebook page with their complaints and accusations of betrayal before she deleted the posts. Many don’t believe that she was unaware of Dolezal’s background since the media was saturated with stories of her exploits that also dominated conversations and debates about racial identity for months.
“Everybody knows about that controversy,” said Kerin Rodriguez of Dallas, who has attended previous hair events by Brantley. “Isis knows exactly what she’s doing and why she’s doing it—to get people to go to her event.”
Rodriguez refers to a Facebook message that Brantley posted in May that causes her to doubt Brantley’s claims of being clueless about Dolezal’s bizarre past. In the message Brantley asked whether Dolezal should be allowed to participate on a team of organizers who would help plan a natural hair event and march that will take place in Washington, D.C., next year. It appears that she did not consult with them about whether Dolezal should attend her Dallas event.
“Why is it necessary that she is there?” said Pamela Ferrell, a prominent D.C. braid salon owner and co-founder of the Washington, D.C.-based American Hairbraiders and Natural Haircare Association (AHNHA), which has supported Brantley and hundreds of other braiders in legal battles over regulation of what they consider a cultural art form that should not be government controlled. Ferrell worries whether Dolezal is being handed an unfair advantage and will use the platform as an opportunity to further a personal agenda. “The controversy around this person is her dishonesty,” said Ferrell. “Don’t think of her as someone who has contributed to the years of work we have done to protect this cultural art form. I see it as an opportunity for a white woman to steal this African cultural art form, become an expert and then get opportunities that we have been denied. I’ve seen it happen over and over again.”
Brantley’s history of braiding and activism in the profession dates back to 1979 when she first started braiding, supporting her four children who are now adults with her earnings. Twelve-year-old Erica Abi Wright, who grew up to be performer Erykah Badu, was one of Brantley’s many clients over the years. For two of the hair event’s six-year history, Badu lent her celebrity and hometown popularity to draw large numbers, which have since dwindled in her absence as headliner. While Dolezal may not have the Badu-level celebrity to guarantee a large event turnout, her notoriety and pending appearance have created enough buzz to draw the curious—and the furious.
Brantley also has a history of controversy from her nearly 20-year-battle with the state of Texas over licensing issues. In the late 1990s, she was arrested for braiding hair without a license, but after the state gave in to lobbying efforts she was later “grandfathered” into a new rule that created a separate category of braiding certification that requires only 35 hours of instruction to braid legally as a business, instead of meeting the 1,500 cosmetology training requirement. In 2013, Brantley fought with the state over rules preventing her from being able to open a braiding school unless she first became a licensed barber and met strict equipment and building requirements. In January, after filing a joint lawsuit with the Institute of Justice (a law firm that represents individuals who have been denied their constitutional rights), a U.S. district court judge ruled that the state regulations prohibiting Brantley and other braiders from seeking an honest living as braid instructors was unconstitutional. The ruling lifted barriers for Brantley and other braiders to work unencumbered by arbitrary state regulations.
Journalist Cheryl Smith, who publishes several black weekly newspapers in the Dallas area, is among those who say they are confused by Brantley’s decision, but understand the complexities of activism and the challenges of getting support from people whose causes they struggle to represent. For that reason, she says she is willing to give Brantley the benefit of the doubt.
“Why can’t people with a consciousness be able to speak out on issues that might not directly impact them? The only thing it appears Rachel did was misrepresent and lie about who she was. I don’t know what her motivation was for lying, but that’s not the issue. If there is someone who does not look like me, but who supports and votes and addresses issues that are of interest to me and what I stand for, they are more valuable to me than the millions who look like me and don’t do anything.”
Dolezal doesn’t seem to be ruffled by the criticism. She says that the social media feedback that she has received has been positive and is looking forward to the visit. In the meantime, she is focusing on braiding and raising a 6-month-old son, Langston, who is named after the late black poet Langston Hughes.
Dolezal says she will soon have an opportunity to tell the full side of her story through her memoir that she says is a few chapters away from completion. She says that her agent shopped her 20,000-word book proposal to more than 30 publishers who passed on it, fearing negative publicity, before independent publisher BenBella books gave her a deal.
The book, she says, will tell about her life and address “the larger issues of race.”
“I agree with Dick Gregory, who says that white isn’t a race, it’s a state of mind,” Dolezal says. “I pay homage to my African ancestry.”

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What's the difference between Rachel being black and Caitlyn being a woman? Just because you say it's so doesn't MEAN it's so.

We can't say shit about her being in the "natural" hair business and most of the African women are wearing everything with straight hair fixated upon their heads. She looks no more ridiculous than we do with relaxers and fake dog hair/horse hair/corpse hair/Caucasoid hair/Indian hair/every country with straight hair/every animal with straight hair, flowing down our backs.

My hair's relaxed and grey and I probably look like Homie the Clown; and don't give a shit and one half. It is what it is. It's growing out of my scalp, I'm not bald and I'm not coloring it, so that's good fo' me. Don't like it, tough shit. My days of enticing penis owners are long over and I damn sure go NO other way. I'se thru!!!!!

Confusion is confusion no matter how it's portrayed. Everyone here in America that's been here more than a minute's calling themselves "American." Europeans even call themselves "American."

Confusion is confusion.

There's a white woman in my family in a roundabout way that'll tell you in a heartbeat, she "hates being white!"

Go on with your Black self Rachel. Braid on!!!!

http://nypost.com/2016/10/06/r...-speak-at-mlk-event/

Rachel Dolezal tapped to speak at MLK event

 

CARY, N.C. — Former Washington state NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who was criticized last year for passing herself off as black, has been tapped to speak at a North Carolina Martin Luther King Day celebration in January.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports the theme of the MLK Dreamfest Celebration in Cary, North Carolina, is “Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation.”

Event organizer Al Cohen tells the newspaper that Dolezal was “depicted as a major villain through media because of her preference of racial identity.” He says Dolezal committed no crime, adding that “She only had an affinity for a group of people, and she served her community well.”

 
 

Dolezal has acknowledged that she is “Caucasian biologically,” but says she identifies as black.

Rachel, there a heap of people that believe they're "Caucasian biologically" and are BLACK. If you want to identify as BLACK, you just might be, somewhere along the line. Enjoy your blackness. Men enjoy their woman-ness all over this country. Be what you want to be whether you ARE or NOT. Be YOU or PRETEND. Whatever floats the boat!!!!!!

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