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VIDEO: And Now for the Inevitable Rachel Dolezal Late-Night TV Spoofery

Former Spokane NAACP executive Rachel Dolezal spent much of her adult life doing a kind of impression of herself in order to pass as black. On Monday night’s “Late Night With Seth Myers,” comic actor Maya Rudolph, who actually comes from a mixed-race background, debuted her impression of Dolezal.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



On Becoming Black, Becoming White and Being Human: Rachel Dolezal and the Fluidity of Race

When I think of the former NAACP official’s attempt to pass for black, I am reminded of my cousin Ernest, who successfully passed for white for four decades, and the fact that race in the United States—though a mutable social construct—remains more important than ever to the way we see ourselves.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Why Rachel Dolezal Infuriates Us

The more I read about Dolezal and her life in “blackface,” the angrier I got. Here are 10 reasons her critics are on solid ground in denouncing her.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Chick-fil-A May Be Cooked

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The editor in chief of The Advocate talks chicken and bigotry, the tea party wins big in Texas, cybersecurity from the inbox to the nuclear power plant, race and politics, and we remember Gore Vidal.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 READ MORE


Chick-fil-A May Be Cooked

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The editor in chief of The Advocate talks chicken and bigotry, the tea party wins big in Texas, cybersecurity from the inbox to the nuclear power plant, race and politics, and we remember Gore Vidal.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 READ MORE


Harold Ford Jr.
AP / Alex Brandon

Does Harold Ford Jr.’s Race Matter?

New Yorkers, beware. It seems that former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., a transplant from Tennessee, has upset people again. Ford, an executive at Merrill Lynch and a New York University lecturer who might be seeking to unseat fellow Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York in a race for the U.S. Senate, has made a very bold statement about his identity.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

A Truth, Crudely Put

Forgive me if I am neither shocked nor outraged at Harry Reid’s comments about Barack Obama’s skin. What I would find stunning is evidence that his assessment was anything but accurate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


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