New York Times Gives Rachel Dolezal Platform to Promote ‘Trans-Racial’ Identity

Rachel Dolezal / Twitter screenshot

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The New York Times came under fire on Tuesday after they live-interviewed former NAACP official and supposed "trans-racial" advocate Rachel Dolezal.

Dolezal has been doing a series of media interviews to promote her new book, In Full Color. While shows like NBC's "Today" and publications like "The Guardian" have interviewed her, the Times is easily the most prestigious outlet to grant her a platform.

The Times tweeted out a link to the Facebook livestream, which began a wave of snarking commentary.

The video was flooded with "angry faces," the Facebook option for expressing dislike. Times readers did not hold back in the comments, either.

"There are literally thousands of people who are doing good work and could use this platform and NY Times decides to interview Dolezal? Come on," reads the most-liked comment on the Facebook post.

"If black men start identifying as white then they will stop getting shot by police right? No, so transracial is something only white people can do… that is the privilege," argued the second most-liked.

Other responses were less serious. "I identify as an AH64 Apache attack helicopter, you must all recognize my rights to launch Hellfire missiles and reign terror [sic] from the skies or you are a heliophobe," joked one.

Dolezal received controversial fame in 2015 when she was forced to resign from her NAACP position and was fired from her adjunct teaching gig in the African-American Studies department at East Washington University when it was discovered that she was a white woman posing as an African-American.

In February, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Dolezal was holding to her assertion that she is not white, but could not find a job, was on food stamps and preparing to be homeless.

Now, Dolezal is attempting to raise awareness for those who are "trans-racial."

"I do think a more complex label would be helpful, but we don’t really have that vocabulary. I feel like the idea of being trans-black would be much more accurate than ‘I’m white’. Because you know, I’m not white," she told The Guardian in February.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at griswold@freebeacon.com

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