Former civil rights leader Rachel Dolezal – a white woman notorious for disguising herself as black for years – is set to be featured in a Netflix documentary that examines both her life and its ensuing cultural shenanigans, as well as the concept of “transracialism” in our ever more post-modern world.
The documentary – dubbed The Rachel Divide – has proven to be divisive even before its release, with the expected calls for silencing of the film from the always head-in-the-sand left and general condemnation of the film’s subject from the public in general.
With all of the fuss, one thing is for sure: this documentary will offer a spectacle probably worth taking in.
For those not in the know, Dolezal made headlines in 2015 when the then-NAACP leader was asked – seemingly randomly – “are you African American” by a news reporter during an otherwise innocuous interview. After Dolezal stared blankly at the reporter, refusing to answer, it soon emerged that she was in fact a white person – a truly lily white person, in fact – as opposed to the black woman that she had been masquerading as.
The Rachel Divide trailer:
As if that wasn’t interesting enough, she soon claimed to be “transracial,” following on the misguided footsteps of the ongoing transgender craze. And – surprise, surprise – at least some people took her seriously.
Complicating matters for Dolezal is the fact that she has children – black children, fathered by a black man.
One of those children, her teenage son Franklin, is featured in the documentary’s trailer, and his mother’s contravery’s effect on him is immediately made clear when he says, “I really do not want to focus on this for the rest of my life.
“I resent some of her choices and I resent some of the words she has spoken in interviews.”
Oh, what a tangled web we weave. But, as with any train wreck, many of us won’t be able to help but to rubberneck.
The Rachel Divide is set to air on Netflix on April 27.