Rachel Dolezal announces a new memoir in which she will defend her black identity

By Sam Gillette
Updated November 01, 2016 06:15 PM
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Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president whose white parents outed her for posing as black, is back – and unapologetic as ever in her new memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.

In the book, Dolezal promises to explain how she transitioned from “a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black.”

“A lot of people think they know what Rachel Dolezal is,” reads the description, “Race faker. Liar. Opportunist. Crazy bitch. But they don’t get to decide who Rachel Dolezal is.”

“Along the way, she’ll discuss the deep emotional bond she formed with her four adopted black siblings, the sense of belonging she felt while living in black communities in Jackson, Mississippi and Washington, D.C., and the discrimination she’s suffered while living as a black woman.”

Dolezal caused national controversy last year when her identity was revealed while she was passing as a black woman and black community activist in Spokane, Washington.

She later admitted on The Real that she was “biologically born white,” but said she has identified as black since she was a young girl.

While some commenters on Dolezal’s social media were supportive of the new book, others accused her of taking opportunities away from black writers.

Writer and editor Evette Dionne tweeted: “Rachel Dolezal wrote a memoir about being ‘discriminated against’ but real Black women have trouble finding literary agents.”

She added: “Rachel Dolezal is the epitome of white privilege.”

In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World is due out in March 2017.