Rachel Dolezal, who stepped down as the leader of the Spokane NAACP branch in 2015, says she has no regrets, despite now being jobless and living on food stamps.
Dolezal, a white woman who has claimed to be black for years, said she expects to be homeless in the near future, saying she’s only been offered jobs in the reality TV and porn industries, according to Fox News.
The 39-year-old wouldn’t have made rent this month if it wasn’t for a friend of hers, and unless someone helps Dolezal with paying her rent in March, she could be on the streets.
While identifying as an African American sparked controversy two years ago and led to her stepping down from her position with the NAACP, Dolezal told The Guardian that she still doesn’t view herself as a white woman.
“I do think a more complex label would be helpful, but we don’t really have that vocabulary,” Dolezal told The Guardian. “I feel like the idea of being trans-black would be much more accurate than ‘I’m white.’ Because, you know, I’m not white…Calling myself black feels more accurate than saying I’m white.”
Dolezal drew a comparison with gender identity, saying racial identity is fluid.
“It’s more so because it wasn’t even biological to begin with. It was always a social construct,” she told The Guardian. “…I feel that I was born with the essential essence of who I am, whether it matches my anatomy and complexion or not. I’ve never questioned being a girl or a woman, for example, but whiteness has always felt foreign to me, for as long as I can remember. I didn’t choose to feel this way or be this way, I just am. What other choice is there than to be exactly who we are?”
Dolezal said she has been rejected by at least 100 employers. She’s even written a memoir, titled “In Full Color,” but that too was rejected by 30 publishers before finally being picked up recently.
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