In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, its latest covergirl Rihanna discussed her album, relationship with Chris Brown and more. But she also discussed the racial implications of Rachel Dolezal—and that didn’t sit well with people.
“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit,” Rihanna said. “Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up,” Rihanna said.
The first thing that crossed my mind when I read this was, “Please let this be a joke.” Rachel Dolezal is a white woman pretending to be black in order to benefit herself. How can she be a hero to Rihanna? Let’s take several seats please…and don’t get up for a while.
Rachel is basically living her life in blackface. She impersonated a black woman when she worked at the NAACP, when she taught black studies and black feminism courses at Eastern Washington University, and when she attended Howard University—before she tried suing for discrimination. That is NOT a hero. That is a sick individual who could benefit from help.
Do we sound too harsh? We’re not. Just look at the (many) facts. Here’s just a single example: in July 2010, Rachel resigned from the Human Rights Education Institute in Kootenai County because she claimed she was being discriminated against for being black. She claimed that she once found a noose on her porch and would also receive hate mail. However, police insist that Rachel was always the sole eye witness to any of these incidents. When questioned by officials, her stories would never hold up.
Rachel Dolezal sounds like a white person suffering from such severe “white guilt” that she attempted to remove herself from the race in order to stand with African Americans. The problem is that pretending to be black and suffer “black experiences” such as racism makes a mockery out of actual problems that minority people face. It’s baffling to consider how Rachel lying about being black “changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up,” as Riri said. Did people not know racism existed before Rachel’s fake behind went viral? Was Rachel the long-awaited godsend that America needed to finally bring civil rights and salvation to all black people around the country?!
Hopefully, Rihanna isn’t going to be in too much pain as she slowly tries to take her foot out of her mouth for this. But it may be too late. The tweets are already talking:
Rihanna calling Rachel Dolezal a hero is obviously a typo… help. pic.twitter.com/H0nCKd2qvT
— Johnny Boy ☮ (@JohnTheFame) October 6, 2015
How I feel about what Rihanna said about Rachel Dolezal: pic.twitter.com/zCQoUQgLUr
— Najma (@overdramatique) October 6, 2015
when Rihanna says Rachel Dolezal's a hero pic.twitter.com/Ni3yh2cHRd
— PAKINEXTDOOR (@jesstalwar) October 6, 2015
Why in the hell did anyone ask Rihanna about Rachel Dolezal in the first damn place?
— PracticeSquadTrophy (@inomallday) October 6, 2015
— Mic (@micnews) October 6, 2015
— Bree Binder (@BreeBinderrr) October 6, 2015
Me, when I read Rihanna's comments on Rachel Dolezal https://t.co/px1UubgFPI
— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) October 6, 2015
— hip hop star (@beyonseh) October 6, 2015
Maybe Rachel can save ya girl?