Rachel Dolezal, who was ousted from her role as a local NAACP president in Washington state and lost a part-time university teaching job after it was revealed that she is a white, still identifies as black but has changed her name.
She has a new book coming out: “In Full Color.”
“With In Full Color, Rachel Doležal describes the path that led her from being a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identifies as Black,” the book’s Amazon tease reads. “Along the way, she recounts the deep emotional bond she formed with her four adopted Black siblings, the sense of belonging she felt while living in Black communities in Jackson, Mississippi, and Washington, DC, and the experiences that have shaped her along the way.”
She said she has been unable to find steady work in the nearly two years since her background became public in media reports, and she is uncertain about her future.
“I was presented as a con and a fraud and a liar,” Dolezal told The Associated Press. “I think some of the treatment was pretty cruel.”
The mother of two has legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, a West African moniker that means “gift from the gods,” in hopes of landing a job.
“Maybe if I applied with a new name, people would see me for the qualifications and expertise on my resume, and not toss my application in the trash based on my name,” she told the AP.
An NAACP spokesman declined to comment on Dolezal, saying only: “We moved on long ago.”
Twitter is discussing her at the moment: