I don’t think I can articulate any kind of answer for this article’s headline, but I’ve sure as heck been trying. (In case you live under a rock, Rachel Dolezal is the white lady who says she “identifies” as black, and until recently, was the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.) We have some thoughts about Rachel, and here’s a round-up of news stories and clips in the hopes of making some sense of all that’s gone down in the past few days. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 12, 2015
Civil rights activist and Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal has been revealed to be white—despite identifying as a Black woman, according to her parents.
Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal provided the media with pictures of her birth certificate and personal photos of Dolezal when she was younger, that paint a very different image of what Dolezal actually looks like. The Dolezals say they are of European descent—Dolezal, however, says otherwise. She identifies as Black and says Lawrence is simply her stepfather and that her father is actually a Black man. Read More
"People take our experiences, they take our trauma and they turn it into something trivial or meaningless. They turn it into some kind of joke” explains rape survivor Taylor Malone upon seeing a drink titled “Date Grape Koolaid” at a new local bar, the Daiquiri Factory in Spokane, Washington. And sadly, she’s right; the bar, which just opened, not only chose this name but refused to rename the beverage after feminists and survivors of sexual assault organized online and in-person protests. Read More