Almost two years ago, former leader of the NAACP Rachel Dolezal was publicly exposed in one of the most embarrassing interviews ever as a Caucasian woman pretending to be black, and it has all been downhill from there in the life of this woman, best known for her cultural appropriation and fraud. Now, after claiming to be “trans-black” and stating that white is not a race but a state of mind, she has revealed that she is unemployed and expects to be homeless soon.
As The Guardian reported, “She has applied for more than 100 jobs, but no one will hire her, not even to stack supermarket shelves. She applied for a position at the university where she used to teach, and says she was interviewed by former colleagues who pretend to have no recollection of having met her. The only work she has been offered is reality TV and porn.” She has been providing her family with food stamps and receiving help from her friends to pay off her rent.
Recently it has also came to light in an article by the Daily Mail that the 39-year-old woman who is part of a family of White Christian fundamentalists (not including a black father, as she falsely claimed once) legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo back in October. Nkechi, being short for Nkechinyere, derives from the Nigerian language of Igbo and means “What God has given”. Diallo, on the other hand, is of Fula origin (a Muslim ethnic group with roots in the Middle East and West Africa). Nevertheless, people on the street still recognize her face and mock her.
Later on, Dolezal created a petition in Change.org under her new name and wrote about herself in the third person in a ridiculous description, saying “Rachel Dolezal’s TEDx Talk on Race & Identity, given at the University of Idaho in April 2016, is still not available online. Please post her talk online immediately. She should not be censored due to her unique perspective. We want to watch this speech!” This statement was clearly not true, taking into account that as of today, the petition was not able to even get 50 signatures of the 100 needed. TED however was forced to publish the talk on their website and you can watch it here.
If you are interested to read more about her story or just need a good laugh, you can check out Rachel Dolezal’s memoir titled “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World” coming out next month after being turned down by 30 publishing houses. And if you are wondering if she has learned anything from her experience about how ignorant she has repeatedly been for so many years, this quote of her interview with The Guardian may help you:
“I’m not going to stoop and apologise and grovel and feel bad about it. I would just be going back to when I was little, and had to be what everybody else told me I should be – to make them happy.”