Rachel Dolezal Has Changed Her Name & Black People Are Pissed
BY: NISHA THOMAS
Rachel Dolezal, who is best known as the former NAACP leader who’d pretended to be African American for more than a decade, has now reportedly changed her name to a West African moniker that means “gift of God” and people are now giving her the side-eye like no other.
The 39-year-old allegedly wishes to be called Nkechi Amare Diallo from now on, according to the Daily Mail.
Recent legal documents that were obtained by the British publication showed that she’d legally changed her name in a Washington state court room back in October of last year. The history of the name originates from the Igbo language of Nigeria, which translates into “what God has given” or “gift of God,” according to reports from the Mail.
Diallo, which means “bold”, is ultimately of the Fulga origin, which is a Muslim ethnic group that is said to have roots in the Middle East, as well as parts of West Africa.
Dolezal recently made other headlines for reportedly falling on hard times, after being exposed by her white parents back in June of 2015 for lying to the public, claiming that she was African American.
Speaking with The Guardian just last week, the advocate for civil rights openly described what it has been like for her, not being able to find a job and being forced to get on food stamps. The publication also revealed that she could also be losing her home soon.
After deciding to get a name change, Dolezal also attempted to use her new identity in hopes of garnering some positive attention… Needless to say, it didn’t work.
The “trans-black” woman started a Change.org petition, sending out a request that the TEDx organization post her controversial speech that was given back in April of 2016 at the University of Idaho.
This petition was listed under her new name and didn’t give off any mention of her birth name.
Receving only 30 signatures out of 100, TEDx decided to just go ahead and release the footage anyway.
“Refusing to post it would unduly limit an important conversation about identity, and the social underpinning of race — and would be counter to TED’s guiding philosophy of radical openness,” the organization said.
So, what are your thoughts on Dolezal and the current situations that she is being forced to face? Is she simply going through what most blacks experience on a daily basis?
Comment below and tell us what you’re thinking.