Rachel Dolezal, a woman of European ancestry who made headlines for claiming she is black, said the revitalized Black Lives Matter movement has “vindicated” her.
“Overwhelmingly, most people I hear from are black or mixed or non-white in some way, and a lot of people have said, ‘This is your moment, you’re vindicated.’ I have received hundreds of messages. Most of it’s been overwhelmingly positive,” Dolezal told the New York Post in an interview published Saturday.
“I do hope that we can rework the vocabulary. That’s part of challenging the race world view,” she added.
Dolezal came into the public’s view in 2015 when she was claiming to be biracial but revealed during an interview with KXLY-TV that her parents are white. At the time, she was the president of a local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter in Spokane, Washington, but left the position following the controversy over her Caucasian ethnicity
Overwhelmingly, most people I hear from are black or mixed or non-white in some way and a lot of people have said this is your moment, you’re vindicated,” Dolezal said. “I have received hundreds of messages. Most of it’s been overwhelmingly positive.”
She previously said that she has “no protected class” after it was revealed she is white.
“There’s no protected class for me,” she said. “I’m this generic, ambiguous scapegoat for white people to call me a race traitor and take out their hostility on. And I’m a target for anger and pain about white people from the black community. It’s like I am the worst of all these worlds.”
The Black Lives Matter movement has regained traction in recent weeks, following the death of unarmed black man, George Floyd, while he was in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Protesters decrying his death and similar incidents have called on police departments to be restructured or overall defunded to combat racism and police brutality.
Author : Emma Colton
Source : Washington Examiner : Rachel Dolezal claims Black Lives Matter movement has ‘vindicated’ her