Race V Ethnicity: The Curious Case of Rachel Dolezal, Explained (sort Of)

“Are you African American?” There should be just two possible answers: yes or no. Yet for Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights leader in Washington state whose identity politics gave birth to approximately 40,000 think pieces on Friday, life is apparently not that simple. To her parents, however, it is. In the hours since, the internet has provided us with hot take after hot take after a hot take. And, of course, there will be many more – along with more actual answers about Dolezal’s life story, from her role as the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to her relationship with her parents.



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