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Rachel Doležal Pens Memoir About Passing as Black

Rachel Doležal Pens Memoir About Passing as Black

Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

By    |   Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:57 AM

Rachel Doležal — the civil-rights activist and former NAACP leader unmasked as a white woman passing for black — is writing a memoir about the discrimination she says she suffered living as an African American.

The book, "In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World," is being written with author and ghostwriter Storms Reback and is scheduled for release next March.

Doležal, 39, was serving as an NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Washington, in June 2015 when she was outed by the media as a white woman knowingly "passing" as black. She resigned the position and later admitted she was biologically white, but identified with being black.

A teaser for the upcoming book posted on Amazon says many people see her as a "race faker," "liar," "opportunist" and "crazy bitch," but "they don't get to decide who Rachel Doležal is."

"Doležal describes the path that led her from being a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black," the book description says.

"Along the way, she'll discuss the deep emotional bond she formed with her four adopted black siblings, the sense of belonging she felt while living in black communities in Jackson, Mississippi and Washington, D.C., and the discrimination she's suffered while living as a black woman.

"Her story is nuanced and complex, and in the process of telling it, she forces us to consider race in an entirely new light—not as a biological imperative, but as a function of the experiences we have, the culture we embrace, and, ultimately, the identity we choose."

Last year, Doležal told London's Guardian that she was paying a heavy price for her lifestyle.

"People don't want to associate with me. It's just like this disgust, and that was really hurtful, really hurtful," she said to the newspaper.

"If somebody asked me how I identify, I identify as black. Nothing about whiteness describes who I am."

The 256-page book by the Howard University graduate is being published in hardcover by BenBella Books.

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