What’s the latest stop on Rachel Dolezal’s odyssey into absurdity? What’s the latest way station for the white woman who insists she is black?
Would you believe changing her name?
You might believe that; changing your name is a hell of a lot easier than changing the color of your skin.
Would you believe changing her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo?
You might believe that; she apparently is paying tribute to her supposed African heritage.
Would you believe that Nkechi Amare Diallo, short for Nkechinyere, originates from the Igbo language of Nigeria and means “what god has given” or “gift of god”?
You’d better believe it, because all of the above is true, according to The Daily Mail.
Dolezal, the former president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter and a part-time professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, changed her name in October in a Washington state court.
Only days later, she initiated a Change.org petition under Nkechi Diallo to lobby TEDx to post her speech from April, 2016 at the University of Idaho. She didn’t mention her birth name, only posting, “Rachel Dolezal's TEDx Talk on Race & Identity . . . is still not available online. Please post her talk online immediately. She should not be censored due to her unique perspective. We want to watch this speech!”
The petition only garnered 30 signatures; 100 were needed to get TED to post the speech, but TED posted it anyway on its TED blog, writing:
TEDx organizers host events independent of TED, and they have the freedom to invite speakers they feel are relevant to their communities. These volunteers find thousands of new voices all over the world - many of which would not otherwise be heard - including some of our most beloved, well-known speakers, people like Brene Brown and Simon Sinek. What TEDx organizers have achieved collectively is remarkable. But, yes, some of them occasionally share ideas we don’t stand behind.
Dolezal's memoir, In Full Color, is set to be released next month. It describes her journey from being the child of white Evangelical parents to “an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black.”