The infamous “transrational” media personality has opened a “black hair” salon.
Rachel Dolezal rose to the media spotlight in 2015 when she came out to say that she is a white woman and had been posing as a black activist part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for years.
Naturally, the also stylist whose work caters largely to black customers received major backlash because her “identity” was effectively blackface and in America’s tense political climate, it would not be tolerated. She even wrote a book and went on world tour, essentially defending her identity as a “transracial” woman. To add to the never-ending fire, she now runs a home-based hair salon which specializes in hairstyles for people of colour.
She shows off her braiding skills with this thick twist:
She even explains her technique…
This is what people had to say:
Could u imagine a chick asking u for money to get her hair done. And she goes to Rachel Dolezal…?
I’m not giving shit up regardless, but u still gonna get a cute pop in ur mouf for being absurd. Got damnit.
— Dr. Dee (@BigBlackOracle) April 11, 2018
Idc how hard life gets if my only option to do my braids is Rachel Dolezal I’m going on youtube to learn my damn self.
— bring back alaskancarl1 (@LUSHHFOREVAA) April 9, 2018
Whether the above is acceptable or not, since some may argue that she isn’t harming anyone, it’s so important to highlight why it is problematic to appropriate black culture, for aesthetic reasons – it is erasure of the baggage, historical trauma and violence that is laiden in being black.
What are your thoughts?
The Racel Dolezal documentary will be premiering on Netflix on the 27th of April.