by Yvette Carnell
Rachel Dolezal may stake her claim in blackness now, but back in 2002, she obviously still viewed herself as a white woman since that’s when she sued Howard University for discrimination.
According to The Smoking Gun, Dolezal sued Howard University in court but her case was dismissed.
Dolezal, who resigned from the Spokane NAACP early Monday, sued Howard University in 2002, the same year she graduated from the HBCU with a Masters in Fine Arts, for denying her teaching jobs because she was a white woman.
She named both the university and Professor Alfred Smith as defendants in a lawsuit filed at Washington, D.C.’s Superior Court.
It would seem now that Dolezal chooses her race–black or white– based upon which is more convenient.
In statement to the Spokane NAACP, Dolezal wrote that “challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness”, but in 2002, no one could surmise that she was challenging racial constructs. Instead, the only conclusion to be reached is that she was clear on her status as a white woman who was being mistreated by a black college.
In Dolezal’s statement, she also bemoaned how the dialogue had “shifted” to the “context of defining racial identity.” But here again, Dolezal held no ambiguity about her status as a white woman when she sued Howard University.
More and more, it seems that Dolezal has been race hustling her way to the top; selling her black art and pushing her diversity training when convenient, while suing an HBCU when in line with her agenda.
Dolezal didn’t want to be black so much as she wanted to get paid to be black. She had a lot of black art to sell, then she entered the world of diversity training and activism. Jackpot.
We have enough of our own hustlers, though, and are in no need of imports. What will Dolezal do now that she can no longer teach us about black hair or marginalization? Who knows. But the better question is… who cares?