Can white people be black? These four women say they are

March 10, 2018 at 10:06 am | Entertainment

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

March 10, 2018 at 10:06 am | Entertainment

Rachel Dolezal

Now known as Nkechi Amare Diallo, the former Africana studies teacher and civil rights attorney caused much banter in 2015 for stepping down from her position as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Washington state chapter president.  Dolezal also referred to as Diallo led her chapter members and others to believe that she was African- American and lied about other aspects of her background.  She was outed by her parents as being fully White and subsequently, she resigned as NAACP president of the Spokane, Washington branch.

She also lost her positions as an instructor of Africana studies and police ombudsman commission over a “pattern of misconduct.”

Since then, Diallo has worked as a hairdresser and in 2017 it was reported that she was homeless and using government subsidy programs as a means of survival.

A Netflix special titled “The Rachel Divide” documents Diallo’s journey since she revealed that she identifies as black; it’s due to premiere on April 27th. 

Filmmaker and the brains behind the before mentioned project Laura Brownson stated, “Regardless of how people feel about Rachel, I hope the film will challenge audiences to think more deeply about race and identity in America.”

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