Transracial activist Rachel Dolezal resigned from her post as president of Spokane's local NAACP chapter this morning, acknowledging that the controversy surrounding her ethnicity—she's a white woman who insists she's black—is a detriment to the organization and its work. While Dolezal's racial ambivalence has proven newsworthy and bizarre, it's her extensive deception and many lies about (and to) her immediately family that have damned Rachel Dolezal in the press.
As media and onlookers pour over Dolezal's statement of resignation, another controversy has come to light. Dolezal, a painter who studied fine arts at Howard University, is accused of plagiarizing British watercolor landscape artist J.M.W. Turner's painting The Slave Ship, which is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Social media users have shared side-by-side comparisons of Dolezal's The Shape Of Our Kind and Turner's The Slave Ship.
Rachel Dolezal plagiarized a painting that has its own damn wikipedia article (a painting i had to take a final on) pic.twitter.com/i5F8IhZaL0