The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black

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15 minutes up. Only the eclairs and croinuts care now Iljeoma.
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What was the point of bringing up Idaho?
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This is a hit piece. Nothing more than a sloppy and malicious attempt to deconstruct this woman when she is down. Ijeoma Oluo’s claims that Rachel Dolezal is so obviously white; “pretending” to be black with a cheap caribbean style hair flies in the face of reality. The truth is that Rachel Dolezal successfully passed as black for a very long time, is deeply sincere and entrenched in her identity, has had a prolific career as an activist and author, and is also an accomplished artist. She has worked very hard to fight for the homeless, the poor, and for equal rights and for people of color. Is this author so perfect that she is entitled to be the proverbial judge, jury and executioner of Rachel Dolezal? One thing is clear, and that is that Ijeoma Oluo feels that Rachel Dolezal is a threat to her that must be taken out. She describes Rachel Dolezal, as a ”really, really white” person who is “turning herself into a very, very, very, very light-skinned black woman”. It is worth noting that in a side by side comparison both Ijeoma Oluo and Rachel Dolezal appear to have very similar complexions. Perhaps the threat lies within, for this author. Does Rachel Dolezals very existence open the door for questioning Ijeoma Oluo’s own racial identity as well? Or perhaps personal identity is much too important for all of us than to simply allow perfect strangers to tell us who we are.
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Good minded people have a responsibility to do the right thing and stand up against intolerance like this horrendous piece of trash by Ijeoma Oluo . Rachel Dolezal is a good person who has devoted her life to good causes, and although she may have some troubles she not deserve this kind of irresponsible, foaming at the mouth take down by some HACK writer who's only claim to fame is being a fat black woman with a bachelors degree in Political Science. Fortunately Ijeoma Oluo does not speak for all black people. People like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Sharpton, along with NAACP have made public statements in support of Rachel Dolezal.
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Really enjoyed reading this. Your perspective is obviously informed by very different experiences and knowledge than my own but that made it all the more interesting. I had to re-read one paragraph though because it confused me:

"There was a moment before meeting Dolezal and reading her book that I thought that she genuinely loves black people but took it a little too far. But now I can see this is not the case. This is not a love gone mad. Something else, something even sinister is at work in her relationship and understanding of blackness."

Why are these assessments being regarded as inherently contradictory? Aren't you basically saying that first you saw genuine love gone a little too far and then you saw something even sinister at work? Most plausible and satisfying explanation to me is that you were right both times.
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What a remarkably unprofessional piece of writing. I'd hoped for some interesting and intelligent debate on Rachel Dolezal's thinking, but Ijeoma Oluo has used the piece as an opportunity to grandstand about her own opinions. I'm not interested in what Oluo has to say - she isn't the subject of this piece and I wish she'd realised that.