Montage/Youtube - Rachel Dolezal before she "became black" to the left, and as a "black" person being exposed as white person to the right.
Former civil rights activist and head of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rachel Dolezal, who self-identified as an African-American for 10 years before she was exposed as white, and said that she "doesn't believe in race", is now calling for a ‘racial fluidity’ to be recognized in the same way as transgenderism. She wants people to choose themselves what race they want to belong to.
Dolezal said on BBC, that drawing parallels between transgender and her racial identity has been “somewhat useful, just because gender is understood, we’ve progressed, we’ve evolved to understanding gender is not binary, is not even biological.”
But in 2015, Dolezal rejected the idea of transracial.
“I don’t like it because I don’t believe in race. To say ‘transracial’ further entrenches that idea” .“I really feel we need to come up with better vocabulary.”
Dolezal told NBC on Tuesday, that she liked the term trans-Black. “I was allowed a more complex term, I would say I'm a pan-African, pro-Black, bisexual, mother, activist, artist, you know that's like too long. So trans-Black is quicker.”
Rachel Dolezal was outed by her own parents in 2015 as "biologically Caucasian". She was raised in a strict fundamentalist Christian family where she says she always felt black and would imagine she was an adopted Egyptian princess. She later reinvented her race and backstory, adding extensions to her hair and darkening her skin to appear black.
She says she has been “stigmatized and ostracized” since being exposed.“The thing that hurt the worst was from the black community because I still feel like that is home for me and even if I get evicted or get pushed to the fringe or some people don't see me as part of that group, it is still where I feel like I fit and where I feel at home.“It is painful because I feel like there is misunderstanding that I want to resolve, if I could resolve one group’s understanding it would be theirs,” she said.