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How Rachel Dolezal Forced us to Examine Who Gets to be Black

Altheria Gaston Caldera

Abstract


Although she was born to two white parents, Rachel Dolezal claims that she is Black, a label she prefers to African-American. The Africana Studies adjunct instructor and now former president of Spokane’s NAACP local chapter has been living as a Black woman for at least a decade, but she was recently “outed†by her parents, who revealed details of Dolezal’s true identity on HuffPost Live.

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ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness. ISSN: 1543-0855 (online).
Editor: Dr. Sonjah Nadine Stanley-Niaah.

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