In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World by Rachel DolezalIn Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World by Rachel Dolezal

In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World

byRachel Dolezal, Storms Reback

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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A lot of people have made up their minds about Rachel Doležal. But none of them know her real story.

In June 2015, the media “outed” Rachel Doležal as a white woman who had knowingly been “passing” as Black. When asked if she were African American during an interview about the hate crimes directed at her and her family, she hesitated before ending the interview and walking away. Some interpreted her reluctance to respond and hasty departure as dishonesty, while others assumed she lacked a reasonable explanation for the almost unprecedented way she identified herself.

What determines your race? Is it your DNA? The community in which you were raised? The way others see you or the way you see yourself?

With In Full Color, Rachel Doležal describes the path that led her from being a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identifies as Black. Along the way, she recounts the deep emotional bond she formed with her four adopted Black siblings, the sense of belonging she felt while living in Black communities in Jackson, Mississippi, and Washington, DC, and the experiences that have shaped her along the way.
Rachel Doležal holds an MFA from Howard University. Her scholarly research focus is the intersection of race, gender, and class in the contemporary Black diaspora, with a specific emphasis on Black women in visual culture. She is a licensed Intercultural Competency & Diversity Trainer, dedicated to racial and social justice activism. S...
Title:In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:194464816X

ISBN - 13:9781944648169


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transformation is Choice Adoption is a theme of maturation. One can adopt children or grandchildren who call you 'Mom' or Grandma. Is that false? Here in Alberta, Canada, many Caucasian women, deeply distressed at their heritage, adopt the First Nations spirituality and are warmly welcomed into tribes where they're renamed and become part of their new family. Some of us adopt personas too, and others of us trans into who we feel we are inside - that's our choice. How inspiring it would be to have seen such a gifted woman as Rachel welcomed instead of so emphatically rejected. Eleanor Cowan, Author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife
Date published: 2018-05-10

Editorial Reviews

“Finally, Rachel Dolezal in her own voice and words shares her intriguing account and path of conscious self-definition, embodied in a life of activism. . . . Rachel forces us all to question what we have come to accept until now.” —Bishop Clyde N.S. Ramalaine, author of Preach a Storm, Live a Tornado "Rachel Dolezal’s early life memoir is not simply a narrative of radical activism. . . . It serves to critique the cultural straightjacket of traditionalist white ‘Protestant work ethic’ society. At this moment of alt-right reactionism, it punctures the fake nostalgia for an imagined pre-multiculturalism era of supposed purity and authenticity.” —Gavin Lewis, Black British writer and academic  “The storm of vitriol Rachel received in the national spotlight was as cruel as it was undeserved. Her deep compassion for others shines through every chapter of her life and has clearly motivated her truly outstanding advocacy work.”—Gerald Hankerson, president of the NAACP Alaska Oregon Washington State Area  “It’s absolutely necessary to know the whole story in order to understand the extraordinary racial journey that Rachel Dolezal has made.”—Ann Morning, associate professor of sociology at New York University and author of The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference