Dolezal says the first true love she ever knew was for the black Haitian baby and three African American babies her parents adopted in quick succession when she was Dolezal might still have been leading that life today. The increasingly Afrocentric look I sported invited all sorts of criticism. Larry and Ruthanne would say I was possessed and exorcise my demons, because I was very creative and that was seen as sensual, which was of the devil. She read about a fellowship in Jackson, Mississippi which preached racial reconciliation and ran a Christian community where blacks and whites pooled their wages and shared their meals. I started wearing my hair in box braids and sporting dashikis and African-patterned dresses.
And when I could no longer do things for people I was thrown away.
Rachel Dolezal: ‘I’m not going to stoop and apologise and grovel’
I had the courage to be exactly who I was. Just as her world was imploding, Dolezal discovered she was pregnant. Trans commentators have been incensed by the suggestion of parallels. On the white side I noticed hatred, fear and ignorance. But also to open up this dialogue about race and identity, and to just encourage people to be exactly who they are. We would not blame her for any subterfuges she might have felt compelled to commit, or cite them as proof of her untrustworthiness. There was a long, awkward moment of silence.