updated 3:27 PM UTC, Oct 27, 2016

Rachel Dolezal’s New Gig


( 4UMF NEWS )Rachel Dolezal’s New Gig:

The disgraced NAACP leader who sparked a national uproar amid accusations she was masquerading as a black woman is using the skills she used for her startling transformation to make ends meet.

Rachel Dolezal is now braiding and weaving hair just to survive in Spokane, Wash., she told Vanity Fair online.

Dolezal, 37, said she has had a rough time in the wake of the scandal, which forced her resignation as head of Spokane’s NAACP chapter. She also lost her job at Eastern Washington University — where she worked as an adjunct and once taught a course on the politics of black hair.

“My last paycheck was like $1,800 in June,” she said. “[I lost] friends and the jobs and the work and — oh, my God — so much at the same time.”

Dolezal now takes appointments about three times a week, she told the magazine’s Web site, adding that her passion for styling black hair was sparked as an undergraduate at Belhaven University in Mississippi.

Despite the backlash, Dolezal continues to identify as a black woman.

“It’s not a costume,” she told the magazine’s site. “I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories, I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me.

“It’s not something that I can put on and take off anymore. Like I said, I’ve had my years of confusion and wondering who I really [was] and why and how do I live my life and make sense of it all, but I’m not confused about that any longer,” she added. “I think the world might be, but I’m not.”

She admits she has some regrets, including not talking to those close to her about what was really going on.

“If I would have known this was going to happen, I could have said, ‘OK so this is the case. This is who I am and I’m black and this is why,’ ” she said.


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