“Being a black woman is such a stigmatized identity that someone who would opt out of whiteness into blackness is ‘showing a sign of mental illness,’” Rich said. “There are lots of reasons why her decision to become aesthetically black is not a sign of mental illness.”

I think this person needs to shift their perspective just a bit here. To equate the claims of mental illness with Dolezal’s desire to “be black” is silly. People do all sorts of things with their appearance and associate themselves with many different things. “Blackness” isn’t the issue, it’s the lies and the goofy stories this woman has constructed, not to mention the deep denial.

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