It’s been two years since Rachel Dolezal rose to infamy as the white women pretending to be black. Now the 39-year-old former NAACP leader is telling the Guardian that she’s been totally unable to monetize her fame, and is now broke, unemployed, and living off food stamps. But despite her current circumstances, Dolezal remains defiant.
“I’m not going to stoop and apologize and grovel and feel bad about it,” she told the Guardian. “I would just be going back to when I was little, and had to be what everybody else told me I should be—to make them happy,” she said.
After Dolezal was outed as white by her parents back in 2015, she was let go from her position as an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University and told the Guardian that despite having applied for over 100 jobs, she still hasn’t been able to find work. To her credit, Dolezal has been offered roles on reality television and in porn, both of which she’s turned down.
“Right now the only place I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” she added. “The narrative was that I’d offended both communities in an unforgivable way, so anybody who gave me a dime would be contributing to wrong and oppression and bad things. To a liar and fraud and a con.”