Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal gets new African name

Edith Mcgee
March 5, 2017

Rachel Dolezal is now known as Nkechi Amare Diallo, which means "gift of god" in the west African Igbo language, after she filed legal papers in Washington.

She told The Guardian she had been unable to obtain even a low-level job, receiving only offers to appear in reality television and pornographic films. She presented herself as a black woman when she spoke out against hate crimes in the area. In an interview with the Guardian last week, she said she began to "see the world through black eyes" after her parents adopted several African children and attending the historically black Howard University.

After applying for almost 100 jobs, Dolezal says the only employment opportunities she's received are from porn and reality TV agents.

Over the weekend we talked about the plight of Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP representative who turned out to be considerably whiter than her public persona would have indicated.

Her memoir is set to be released later this month.

News of Dolezal's name change comes on the heels of reports that the former African-American culture instructor is jobless, on welfare, and on the brink of homelessness. In November she created a change.org petition under the name Nkechi Diallo to promote a video of a lecture she gave in April 2016 at the University of Idaho. The topic: race and identity. Please post her talk online immediately. She should not be censored due to her unique perspective.

The page makes no mention that Dolezal and Diallo are the same woman. It added that some of the speakers "occasionally share ideas we don't stand behind".

"There's no protected class for me", Dolezal told the Guardian.

Despite the fact that this ongoing circus lends itself to all sorts of jokes (many of which are admittedly in bad taste) I'm forced yet again to remind myself that there's actually nothing technically "wrong" going on here. "And when I could no longer do things for people I was thrown away". One part of that story touched upon a detail which I admittedly didn't pay much attention to at the time. She also said she had to resort to food stamps to feed her family and feared she might become homeless.

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