When we last checked in on Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president and self-identifying black woman was doing weaves and braids three days a week to make ends meet.
Not that styling hair isn’t an honorable profession, but it had to have seemed like an awfully big step down from lecturing on the politics and history of black hair at Eastern Washington University. Dolezal, however, will return to the limelight this weekend when she appears at the Naturally Isis BraidOn Economic Liberty March and Rally in Dallas.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 1, 2016
@thedailybeast has she successfully transitioned to a black woman? The world must know.
— Valore Victorius (@VictoriusValore) September 1, 2016
Fake Black Lady Rachel Dolezal Invited to Feature at a Rally for Natural Black Hair https://t.co/eboNNz8a86
— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) September 1, 2016
— Dash (@DaJSch) September 1, 2016
Dolezal was invited to participate in the event when organizer Isis Brantley, owner of the Institute of Ancestral Braiding, saw some of her braiding work on TV. She was unaware of the media frenzy surrounding Dolezal, reports the Daily Beast.
Brantley was very quickly made aware of the controversy surrounding Dolezal when people on social media began calling her a sellout and threatened to boycott her business.
.@Naturallyisis the only thing "natural" about Rachel D is her appropriation
— nealcarter (@nealcarter) September 1, 2016
Who is Naturally Isis and why is she playing with demons 💀 pic.twitter.com/kof3cyjIlh
— Tissonade Lemontiss (@NaturallyTiss) September 1, 2016
— Umoja Sasa ☥ (@umojasasa) September 1, 2016
Brantley didn’t rescind her invitation, nor did Dolezal let the uproar online change her plans to attend the event. “It’s a justice issue and I’ve been a social justice activist for years,” she explained in a telephone interview with the Daily Beast. “It’s really that simple.”
I'm going to Dallas for the Natural Hair Parade at the request of its founder, NaturallyIsis, to support her and the BraidOn movement.
— Rachel Anne Doležal (@RachelADolezal) September 2, 2016
@KatTimpf Um, isn't that cultural appropriation?
— Diana Morrison (@GrandmaD62) September 1, 2016
@KatTimpf Isn't that cultural appropriation? Or does that not count?
— NinjaCat (@FaithBased92) September 1, 2016
Yes, it is cultural appropriation, and very much so; but in this case, it might be acceptable. Or not. Honestly, we have no idea and it makes our heads hurt just thinking about it.
— David Hammond (@ReggieMoto) September 1, 2016
Even better: Dolezal says she is just a few chapters away from completing her memoir, in which she will tell the full side of her story, with the emphasis on “story.” Oh, what a tangled weave.