“Why is Rachel Dolezal back?” Outcry as Netflix drops documentary trailer on white woman who “identifies as black.”

Just when we thought she had disappeared from limelight and many black people’s nerves, Netflix has just dropped a trailer of its upcoming documentary on the controversial Rachel Dolezal – the white woman who  claims she “identifies as black”, saying she is “transracial”. And once again she has ignite an uproar and this time even her own son, who is bi-racial, is also vehemently resentful.

 

 

Dolezal, who now fancily calls herself Nkechi Amare Diallo (and still insists she is a black woman) has a well documented and mind-numbing story, including the fact that for years, she had even presided over the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (Naacp) after hoodwinking everyone into thinking she was black. She was only unmasked in 2015 when her white biological parents exposed her true identity – to a global outcry.

But it seems after a year into oblivion, she is back seeking legitimacy – to the bafflement of many including one of her two young sons.

“This documentary might just backfire, like everything else has backfired… I resent some of the choices and some of the words she has spoken in it. She can identify with whatever she wants to be because its her business, but when its put in the limelight, I don’t think you should be pissing people more than they already are…” laments her son Franklin, against the documentay The Rachel Divide, which will stream on Netflix in April.

But from the 2.30minute clip released by Netflix on Thursday, in which she appears with her now trademark afrobraids, Dolezal appears hellbent on defending her perplexing theory: “If someone has hope, don’t take that away from them, maybe its all that they have,” she coyly responds to her son he implores her to give it up: “why don’t you just let it go away?” Franklin pleads with his mum.

The outrage to this documentary so far,  is tellingly scathing. here are a few reactions.

 

 

 

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reGina Jane

reGina Jane Jere is a Zambian-born London-based journalist and founding Editor of the New African Woman magazine the sister-publication of the New African magazine of which she was the Deputy Editor for over a decade. The mother of two juggles a wide-range of editorial and managerial duties, but she has particular passion on women’s health, education, rights and empowerment. She is also a former Zambian correspondent for Agence France Presse, and a former Africa Researcher at Index on Censorship. She writes extensively on a wide range of issues, from politics to women’s rights, media and free speech to beauty and fashion

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