Its been six years since Rachel Dolezal was blasted for impersonating a Black woman for four years, and she told Tamron Hall that she’s still unable to find work.
“I started with applying for all of the things I was qualified for, and after interviews and getting turned down, I even applied to jobs that didn’t even require degrees,” she said — jobs, she added, like “being a maid at a hotel, working at a casino. I wasn’t able to get any of those jobs either.”
Dolezal told the host that she wants to be seen for “who” she is and not “what” she is.
“A mother, an activist, and an artist … that’s really who I am.” she said. “When it comes to race and identity, I’ve always identified racially as ‘human’ but have found more of a home in Black culture and the Black community, and that hasn’t changed.”
“I’m still doing the work, I’m still pressing forward, but it has been really tough for sure,” she maintained. “Not having a job for six years, having to create my own job and find my own ways to provide for my children through braiding hair, through grant writing to bring funds into marginalized communities and Black-owned businesses and non-profits, through painting, through doing pep talks on Cameo.com.”
“It’s definitely been a long six years,” said Dolezal, “but I really strongly believe that as a person, you have to just continue to be who you are. And you can’t change who you are.”
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