Certified black woman Rachel Dolezal is participating in a natural hair event this Labor Day weekend in Dallas and no one’s going to stop her!
Dolezal—the fictionally black but actually white former NAACP Spokane chapter president—has taken her love of black culture to epically warped proportions, to the point of working as a professional hair braider for black women. This weekend, she’ll be marching in the 6th annual Naturally Isis Braid On, Economic Liberty March and Rally in Dallas to further show her commitment to being black.
When it was first announced in August, Dolezal’s inclusion in the event was rightfully ridiculed. But according to its founder, Isis Brantley, homegirl is a real deal advocate. “She is a supporter,” Brantley told the Cut. “I wanted people who are passionate. She’s passionate. I wanted people who were advocates, who were activists. She is a fighter for justice.”
Dolezal is certainly fighting for something. Brantley says, “If I knew that teaming up with Rachel was going to bring bad energy…” (The sentiment appears to trail off, which could mean: Maybe we should’ve re-thought this.) But then she adds, “We need to join forces with people of all nationalities that braid hair. This is our gift. This is the blood.”
On Twitter, Dolezal clarified that she’s not headlining the rally, as outlets like The Daily Mail reported. “Why throw shade?” she wonders.