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

Altheria Gaston Caldera


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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