Rachel Dolezal Now Does Hair Weaves and Braids

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Rachel Dolezal
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Rachel Dolezal and her box braids have turned their 15 minutes of fame into 17 minutes after a new interview with Vanity Fair. As my colleague Danielle Belton puts it, “Vanity Fair never interviews black people, so they found a fake one?”

Dolezal’s interview includes tons of trans-rachel tears. Dolezal’s life after resigning from the Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter hasn’t been a crystal stair. In addition to losing that job, she did not renew her professor’s contract at Eastern Washington University, where she taught classes on things like black-hair politics.

But that experience teaching about black-hair politics is now helping her.

Dolezal is now a beautician, and she told Vanity Fair that she now makes her living braiding and weaving black hair. Dolezal told the website that she has about three appointments a week, and the money is filling in a gap after she lost her previous jobs.

Dolezal also still states that she’s black—even though she was born to two white parents.

“It’s not a costume,” Dolezal says. “I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me. It’s not something that I can put on and take off anymore. Like I said, I’ve had my years of confusion and wondering who I really [was] and why and how do I live my life and make sense of it all, but I’m not confused about that any longer. I think the world might be—but I’m not.”

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Source: The Root |