We always think of Rihanna as a wild child who has nothing more to talk about than pouring it up and making sure b-tches have her money, but in the latest issue of Vanity Fair she’s expanded her subject matters a bit — interestingly enough to include talk of Rachel Dolezal.

It’s not clear how (or why) the topic of the NAACP leader who pretended to be black for years came up in the midst of conversation at a restaurant in Havana, Cuba, but nevertheless it did. And this is what Ri-Ri thinks of the woman who’s become the butt of the facetious transracial movement.

“I think she 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.”

Sorry, we’re sleep on that.

While we can agree that being black is a great thing, because it is, it’s hard to find a single positive outcome of the transracial madness as it concerns Rachel. In fact, a number of people suffered negative repercussions because of her issues which run deeper than simply appreciating African Americans and our culture. Let’s talk about the embarrassment she brought to the NAACP who had to explain how they didn’t know Rachel was really a white woman. Or how people likened her façade to that of members of the transexual community, particularly Caityln Jenner, reducing their very real struggles to nothing more than crazy people playing dress up. Or how Shaun King had to defend his bi-racial identity after the right wing tried to “out” him as white. Is this the work of a hero? We think not.

At the end of the day Rachel Dolezal was a joke who belittled her own contributions to the African American community through her appropriation of our culture. Rachel, despite her motive, was simply a full embodiment of what fashion mags and websites and designers do every day, bit by bit, which is take our culture and claim it as their own. The only new perspective white people got out of that was not to take things quite that far. We wouldn’t exactly call that waking anyone up.


Image Credits: Vanity Fair

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