The ongoing saga of Rachel Dolezal boils down to this: as a means of expressing the racial hatred and anger within her heart, she committed an act of identity theft on a racial level. She sought an identity diametrically opposed to that with which she was born. Rather than continue to be the white, blond, blue-eyed suburbanite raised by white parents, Dolezal purposefully adopted a self-loathing, self-destructive identity, denying the reality of who she originally was.
In pretending to be black, Rachel Dolezal reminded me of a previous representation of a misguided, benighted and pathetically foolish person . Thanks to the inestimable Dave Chapelle’s show, in the character of “Clayton Bigsby; The Black, White Supremist” we have such an example. Rachel Dolezal is the opposite side of this coin, the Yin to its Yang if you will. Enjoy.