|Rachel Dolezal continues to acknowledge she's a "Black woman". She is struggling since her downfall.|
The former president of the Spokane NAACP who was outed as a White woman comes out of hiding.
She publishes a memoir of her life growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family, her embracing of Black culture and the downfall of her career as an activist.
Rachel Dolezal became a focus of scandal when her own family outed her as a White woman. Growing up in Montana, Dolezal claims that her family was brainwashing her and making her life miserable. She left the family to explore an area where most in Montana would normally avoid. She embraced the Black culture. She adopted the Black hairstyle and even identified herself as a Black woman in many public outings. She would take a role in the NAACP Western district. She would become a vocal voice in the organization.
She was also a target of death threats then and now. Her deeds would go punished.
She and her three sons are living nearly on broke. She is getting food stamps and is nearly homeless.
The major book deal fell flat and she's relying on an independent distributors and an interested group of readers.
Sometime in 2015, Dolezal became the focal face of White privilege when she was pretending she was Black. The 39-year old activist got fired out the cannon over at Eastern Washington University,
The former professor and columnist told The Guardian she's applied for more than 100 jobs, but not a single place will hire her. The only offers that have come her way have been for reality television and porn.
Dolezal says that food stamps and some of her friends keep her afloat. But she fears that the toll will leave her and her family homeless.
The memoir called "In Full Color," will come out in March and it was a hard sale. Over 30 publishing companies turned down her memoir.
Dolezal is defiant she's a Black woman, despite being outed by her parents. She opened up about how she got through her struggles as a sheltered woman. She opened up dialogue about race and identity, and she encourages people to be who they feel comfortable with.
"The times I tried to explain more, I wasn't understood more. Nobody wanted to hear, 'I'm pan-African, pro-Black, bisexual, an artist, mother and educator,'" said Dolezal to the Guardian. "People would just be like, 'Huh?'"