Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal

The uncertainty about her own race is apparently not the only problem facing Rachel Dolezal these days.

The former college professor and head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, who is white but claims she is black is now reportedly living on food stamps, and has only been offered work in reality TV and pornography.

According to the Guardian, the “transracial” Dolezal has applied for more than 100 jobs, including positions at Eastern Washington University where she was previously an adjunct professor.

Rachel Dolezal, as she appeared in adulthood versus as she appeared in her younger years.

Rachel Dolezal, as she appeared in adulthood versus as she appeared in her younger years.

But she claims her former colleagues at the school “pretended to have no recollection of having met her” during the interview process.

Dolezal went so far as to legally change her name, but people still recognize and mock her. She says the only employment she has been offered is in “reality TV, and porn.”

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A friend is said to have helped her pay this month’s rent, and Dolezal expects to be homeless next month.

Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal

“This is obviously an issue a lot of people want to say things about,” Dolezal told the Guardian.

“And it needs to be talked about, so it’s kind of helpful to create a punching bag. There’s nobody saying, ‘Well, that’s racist if you say that about Rachel’, or ‘That’s sexist if you say that about Rachel.’ There’s no protected class for me. 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 Guardian reported:

The 39-year-old says she can count the friends she has left in town on her fingers. “Right now the only place that I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister.” She has written a memoir, titled In Full Color, but 30 publishing houses turned her down before she found one willing to print it. “The narrative was that I’d offended both communities in an unforgivable way, so anybody who gave me a dime would be contributing to wrong and oppression and bad things. To a liar and a fraud and a con.”

She wrote it, she says, “to set the record straight. But also to open up this dialogue about race and identity, and to just encourage people to be exactly who they are.” Some will read it as the first draft of a new version of identity politics, which casts race – just like gender – on a spectrum, and its author as the world’s first trans-black case. Others won’t believe a word of it. I’m not even sure whether this is a story about race, or a strange tale of one family’s dysfunction. …

If the narrative of fluid, non-binary gender identity is now widely accepted, Dolezal believes the same should apply to race. “It’s very similar, in so far as: this is a category I’m born into, but this is really how I feel.”

Is racial identity as fluid as gender? “It’s more so. Because it wasn’t even biological to begin with. It was always a social construct.”

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