Rachel Dolezal to Release Memoir About “Identifying as Black”

If you thought you had heard the last of Rachel Dolezal, you were wrong.

Back in the summer of 2015, rightful outrage was sparked after Dolezal’s parents publicly stated that their daughter was a white woman passing as black. At the time, Dolezal was serving as president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP and claiming to be black woman. The media took this story and ran with it, soon making it one of the juiciest and craziest stories of the year. Dolezal received enormous backlash and hate along with accusations of cultural appropriation and fraud — her brother even accused her of using blackface (yikes!). The outrage is pretty much justified; after all, she is trying to use black culture to her advantage when she is undoubtedly white. Despite this, the buzz died down and Rachel Dolezal was generally forgotten… until now.

Four days ago, Dolezal announced on her Instagram page that she will be releasing a memoir about her “racial identity” and the entire ordeal. The title is to be In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World. Part of the book description on Amazon reads as follows: 

A lot of people think they know what Rachel Doležal is.

Race faker. Liar. Opportunist. Crazy bitch.

But they don’t get to decide who Rachel Doležal is.

What determines your race? Is it your DNA? The community in which you were raised? The way others see you, or the way you see yourself?

Uh… okay then. Despite that fact that this is absolutely ridiculous, her book seems to be the culmination of her thoughts on the outcome and events of the controversy. With multiple big-name news outlets covering the release of her memoir, there is no doubt that the book is bound to produce a respectable amount of controversy and conversation about the whole “identifying as a different race” concept.

If you’re genuinely interested in her story or simply want a good laugh, the book is set to release March 28, 2017 and pre-order is available now.



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Alex Brown is a senior in high school from a small town in Kentucky. He has been a staff writer for Affinity since October of 2015 and senior editor since July of 2016. You can follow him on Twitter: @_alexb12 and Instagram: @alex.brown

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