The former leader and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rachel Dolezal recently emerged as a subject of controversy and ridicule after her estranged parents disclosed the fact that she was born white and trying to show herself African-American. However, the Barbadian singer Rihanna has supported her saying that she truly admires Dolezel. Continue reading to know more in details.
While having a conversation with Vanity Fair, the “R&B” singer opined that she admired Dolezal for stirring up a discussion about race. The 37-year-old American civil rights activist created headlines in June after she claimed to be the victim of racial discrimination. Her self-identification at first became the matter of controversy in June this year when her parents went against her. They had produced a copy of their daughter Montana birth certificate and claimed that she is of German and Czech heritage.
Dolezal’s parents even said that she started identifying herself as a part of African-American community since 2007. Based on their allegations, an investigation was carried on by Elizabeth Banas, a professional genealogist, who later found only white ancestors in the last 400 years. Banas also found ancestors of Czech, Dutch, German and Swedish.
“I think she (Dolezal) was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. 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 in a tone of supporting her.
According to The Guardian, Rihanna also openly discussed about her relationship with ex-beau Chris Brown and she recalled those days when she became a victim of domestic violence at his hand in 2009.
“It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything, or I don’t take it seriously. But, for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it,” Rihanna said.
She also added that she could have moved ahead but she got back together with Brown with a noble objective to change him.
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