Grammy-winning singer Rihanna gives her personal opinion on the controversy former N.A.A.C.P. leader Rachel Dolezal sparked earlier this year for pretending to be African American in a new Vanity Fair cover story.
Within her feature, RiRi speaks up for Dolezal and questioned her critics.
And she talks about Rachel Dolezal, the white N.A.A.C.P. executive who pretended to be black, saying, “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.” (Vanity Fair)
Back in June, rapper Meek Mill shared his thoughts on the Dolezal topic.
New York rapper Talib Kweli also spoke out on the controversy earlier this year.
“She took it to the next level. When you lie, when you’re saying your adopted brother is your son, when you’re suing Howard one year for saying you’re too White, then saying people hung nooses at your door the next year – that’s crossing the line. You’re not a friend or an ally to the movement. You’re an enemy.” (Rolling Stone)
Fellow Big Apple rapper Azealia Banks joined in on the social media hot topic in June.
Dolezal announced her resignation from the N.A.A.C.P. in mid-June.
“It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley. It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.” (Rachel Dolezal’s Facebook)