Media Outlets Manufacture Backlash Over Rachel Dolezal’s Memoir


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The media is trying its best to manufacture outrage over the upcoming release of Rachel Dolezal’s memoir, “In Full Color: Finding My Place In A Black And White World.”

Dolezal, a white woman who identifies as black, gained national attention last year when she was pressured to step down from her post as president of the NAACP Spokane chapter for misrepresenting her race.

Dolezal, previously dubbed “Fake Ass Freddie Brooks” by Essence Magazine, quietly announced her memoir is available for pre-oder on Amazon via Instagram Friday. The post has had very little traffic with less than 300 likes and 40 comments.

Though she only has a few thousand followers on Instagram, many sites are portraying a few angry tweets as a grassroots uproar of social justice. BET, Vibe, The Root, Complex, and The New York Daily News all decided that a handful of tweets is enough to suggest the entire internet is enraged.

BET applauded Twitter users for “pointing out the egregious white privilege that landed a white woman a book deal talking about Black issues.” The Root’s sub-headline reads, “Stop the presses! No, really. Stop the presses.” The New York Daily News states, “The internet isn’t happy Rachel Dolezal is releasing a memoir.”

Multiple outlets are even re-using the same tweets to drive home the reported outrage. The repeated tweets come from outraged individuals: Janée Woods, the director of Organizational Culture at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund; Jack Monroe, a transgender writer for the Guardian; and Philip Lewis, an editor at the Huffington Post.

Amazon describes the forthcoming book as, “Rachael Dolezal 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 identified as black.”

In contrast, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren previously made unsubstantiated claims about being Native Indian but is embraced as a leader by the Left.

“In Full Color” is due for release March 2017.

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