Rachel Dolezal explains her hair: How the ex-Spokane NAACP president got her curls

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NEW YORK – Questions about Rachel Dolezal’s ethnicity led to her being outed by her parents and eventually forced to resign as the Spokane NAACP president, but one baffling question remained — if she was white all along, where did the kinky curls and dreadlocks come from?

The former NAACP leader admits that she does her own hair and that she likes to change her hairstyles; namely into braids and dreadlocks.

In a candid  interview with NBC, Dolezal responds to this question by first stating, “You’re just going to out me like that[sic]?” Dolezal continues,”Well, because you are you, and I’m here, I’ll tell you, but like I said, if I were in a grocery store or anywhere else, I would be like [sic] it’s none of your business.”  Finally, after a brief pause, Dolezal reveals, “Yes, this is a weave.”

“I identify as black,” Rachel Dolezal, former head of the Spokane NAACP chapter, told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday when asked if she was an African-American woman.

She said that she began to identify herself in some way as African-American when she was 5 years old. When she drew self-portraits, Dolezal said, she used a brown crayon instead of a peach one, and she drew herself with black, curly hair.

Dolezal gives lecture on “black hair”

On February 17, 2015,  Dolezal gave a PowerPoint presentation to students at Eastern Washington University about the history of black hair and her own personal experiences with “black hair.”

The presentation was posted on Youtube in February. In the  video, a curly-hair donned Rachel Dolezal is captured lecturing  on the timeline of black hair, ‘nappiness,’ and the brown paper bag test which, historically, was a test performed at what was colloquially known as  “paper bag parties.”

The “paper bag parties” were African-American social events at which only individuals with skin-complexions at least as light as the color of a brown paper bag were admitted.

Dolezal opened her lecture by reading the poem Among the Things That Used to Be by Willie Coleman.

Coleman, a professor at University of Vermont, wrote the poem about black hair, ending the piece by saying; ‘Beauty shops could have been a hell-of-a-place to ferment a revolution.’

Rachel Dolezal’s lecture was entitled “Black Is Beautiful.” Take a look at the video below.


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