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Rachel Dolezal: A Strategic Advantage for Racial Equality
By: Ehimwenma E. Aimiuwu
July 18, 2020

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What is Rachel Dolezal known for?

A documentary on Netflix showed Rachel Dolezel, a white woman, who claimed that she was black and was the President of the NAACP in Spokane, WA. In the documentary, she was leading the rallies in Spokane against injustices done to Blacks, but she was rejected by Blacks. Many argued that she did not have the right to call herself Black because she had not shared in their collective abusive experiences of being a Black woman. Others claimed that she was a fraud trying to take advantage of her White privilege to benefit from being perceived as Black.   

Does Rachel Dolezal have a right to be black?

According to Netflix, Rachel has since changed her name to African names Nkechi Amare Diallo; dates black men; adopted black children; went to an HBCU; taught African and Black courses; and was a President of an NAACP branch. How many progressive African-Americans love African names, attend HBCU, teach Black experience courses, or affiliate with Black civil rights organizations publicly?

Should black Americans learn to reach out strategically?

In many Netflix movies, it was the Americans and the Soviets that came to help the Jews against Nazi Germany. In the Bible, it was Saul, who was a Pharisee that killed Christians that later became a Christian himself, changed his name to Apostle Paul, and wrote most of the New Testament to promote Christianity before he was executed. White Americans helped to elect President Barack Hussein Obama, a son of an African and White woman as well as has a Muslim name, twice for 8 years, but Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who are African-Americans, could not even win the Democratic ticket.      

How can black Americans achieve true power?

True power is making non-members fight on your behalf even when you are unavailable or powerless, especially members of the powerful group. In the Netflix movie, Black Americans have failed to allow non-members to fully participate in winning their cause for them. Instead, they have successfully pushed non-members away from representing them because they do not want to be seen as weak or powerless. Rachel or Nkechi should have been supported and encouraged by Blacks to go get more of her kind. In America, White women can move faster with the congress, courts, and police towards achieving social justice and equality for African-Americans.