The New York Times talked to Rachel Dolezal earlier this month.
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In a New York Times report chronicling reactions to the discovery of Ms. Dolezal’s deception, blacks and liberals accused her of an offensive impersonation, part of a long history in which whites appropriated black heritage when it suited them.
Almost 1,500 Times readers responded in comments on that article:
So, if a white person claims to be black to get into Harvard (just like the 1980s movie Soul Man), h/she should be left alone and allowed to continue enjoying the fruits of the deception? — Lanier Y. Chapman, New York
Portraying oneself as black when they’re not is not a crime. However, if one isn’t truthful about one’s