The ghosts of black ancestors past may have come down and ruined Rachel Dolezal’s life after she pretended to be African American with lies about her upbringing, bad weaves, and a fake son.
The former leader of Spokane’s NAACP chapter, stepped down from her position in 2015 after her parents revealed that she was actually a white woman who did not have a black father who fled the south after he assaulted a police officer, was not born in a teepee in Montana where she had to live off the land, did not get beaten by her mother with a bamboo like a slave, and was not receiving racist hate mail (she actually sent the hate mail to herself). During that time, it was also revealed that Dolezal, a professor of Africana studies, once attempted to sue Howard University, where she studied, because she felt they discriminated against her for being white. Since these facts came to light, Dolezal’s life has not been the same.
Dolezal reveals that she is now out of work and after applying to at least 100 jobs, no one will hire her. She says she currently relies on food stamps to feed her family. A friend helped her pay her rent this month, but she could quite possibly be homeless next month. Dolezal says she applied for a position at the university where she used to teach but was interviewed by former colleagues who pretended to have no recollection of having ever met her.
“Right now the only place that I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” Dolezal tells The Guardian.
Dolezal, who says she identifies as African-American because race is “not coded in your DNA,” is set to drop her memoir, “In Full Color,” in March. The book was originally passed on by over 30 publishers before one actually picked it up. Could this be what finally sets Dolezal on track financially?