Having already legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, a name rooted from Africa, the woman whom the United States knows as a genetically white woman however passing, or pretending to be, a black woman, has released a new book. Known by her original name, Rachel Dolezal’s book, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, has received terrible criticism in reviews with few complimentary because the overall ending theme is that she is still a white woman pretending to be black, which is understandably offensive to many.
In an interview with Today, she explained how she didn’t identify as African American, but black, and that she is part of the Pan-African diaspora. However, to most, this doesn’t and will never flow well most in society of African descent who see her comparisons to the black struggle, reaching all the way back through slavery, as insulting because there is no way she could compare her life nor would think to compare her life to anyone in black skin if she truly understood the pain, hurt and sacrifice of the past and present.
Either way, Rachel, or Nkechi, has released and is marketing her book to tell her story so that many can receive the explanation from her own mind for why she claims to be black. So far, it isn’t going over well with anyone. Read the full synopsis from Amazon below.
“In June 2015, the media “outed” Rachel Doležal as a white woman who had knowingly been “passing” as Black. When asked if she were African American during an interview about the hate crimes directed at her and her family, she hesitated before ending the interview and walking away. Some interpreted her reluctance to respond and hasty departure as dishonesty, while others assumed she lacked a reasonable explanation for the almost unprecedented way she identified herself.
What determines your race? Is it your DNA? The community in which you were raised? The way others see you or the way you see yourself?
With In Full Color, Rachel 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 identifies as Black. Along the way, she recounts 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, DC, and the experiences that have shaped her along the way.”