LISTEN: The color line has been crossed many a time - Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal is in South Africa to deliver a talk on non-racialism.

She will be attending the inaugural event of Quest for Non Racial South African Society Dialogue (QfNRSASD) at the Johannesburg Theatre on Wednesday.

Dolezal, a civil rights activist, made headlines in 2015 when her parents outed her for pretending to be black. She has since been slated for appropriating race.

She however insists that race is a social construct and that the term ‘transracialism’ should perhaps be adopted as a terminology for those who do not identify with their biological race.

We need some new vocabulary for plural identities or racially fluid identities, so I think that maybe trans-black is a good compromise because I was born to white parents but have an authentic black identity.

Rachel Dolezal, US activist

Historically there has been more of the numbers crossing the colour line in the opposite direction, people born categorised as black in the United States who passed for white or lived a whiter life, that sense of racial fluidity certainly has a bit of a spectrum.

Rachel Dolezal, US activist

Even people like Michael Jackson and others have reversed their pigmentation or skin color, so there is possibility for fluidity.

Rachel Dolezal, US activist

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