This is one of those tweets that we initially thought couldn’t be true; someone was just digging for more dirt on transracial academic Rachel Dolezal and misinterpreted an innocent mistake. But no — tweeter Jolie Adams has convincingly outed Dolezal as a plagiarist as well.
For sure, Dolezal, who allegedly holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Howard University, seems to have heavily based her painting “The Shape of Our Kind” on J.M.W. Turner’s “The Slave Ship.”
There must be an explanation. Surely it’s a deliberate copy that was part of her art education.
Offered for sale? As Adams has found out, Dolezal is selling “her” painting “The Shape of Our Kind” on the site ArtPal, where you can snag the original painting for $5,100 or a coffee mug for $14.
Yep. That’s what makes this case so interesting. Remember fake Native American Ward Churchill, once a celebrated professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder? Churchill plagiarized a large number of authentic Native American artworks and was blocked from selling art marketed as “Indian art” under a federal law in 1990. A committee at the university found he had also copied at least three written works and claimed them as his own.
The really scary revelation: in her ArtPal biography, Dolezal reveals her “interest in the medical field” and says she “has begun Pre-Medical studies, working toward an MD and a residency in trauma surgery.” How is she going to fake that?
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