You Won’t Believe What Dave Chappelle Said About Rachel Dolezal
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Ever since the Rachel Dolezal revelation, the internet has been flooded with hilarious memes featuring the hashtag #AskRachel testing her “Blackness” and many discussions on the issue of race.
Currently Rachel Dolezal is the number one trending topic, especially among Blacks, as they express a wide range of emotions ranging from support to condemnation of Spokane, WA NAACP president who has been masquerading as a Black woman for 10 years.
Dave Chappelle, 41, who is known for tackling tough race issues in his insanely popular, now-defunct Chappelle’s Show, delivered the commencement address to this year’s graduating class of his alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. In explaining why artists are important to contextualizing the world, he cited Dolezal.
If Rachel Dolezal was in the Racial Draft, where would she go?
However, don’t think that she will become part of his comedy routine, at least not for a while if he chooses to do so at all.
“The world’s become ridiculous,” he told the awestruck grads at George Washington University’s Lisner auditorium. “There’s a white lady posing as a black lady. There is not one thing that woman accomplished that she couldn’t have done as a white woman. There’s no reason! She just needed the braids! I don’t know what she was doing.”
“The thing that the media’s gotta be real careful about, that they’re kind of overlooking, is the emotional context of what she means,” Chappelle said thoughtfully, between drags of American Spirit cigarettes. “There’s something that’s very nuanced where she’s highlighting the difference between personal feeling and what’s construct as far as racism is concerned. I don’t know what her agenda is, but there’s an emotional context for black people when they see her and white people when they see her. There’s a lot of feelings that are going to come out behind what’s happening with this lady.
The man who came up with the character Clayton Bigsby, a blind black Klansman who doesn’t know that he is Black or the Racial Draft, which grouped celebrities and ethnic groups hilariously voted and traded them among each other is relatively quiet about Rachel Dolezal?
“I’m probably not going to do any jokes about her or any references to her for awhile ’cause that’s going to be a lot of comedians doing a lot. And I’m sure her rebuttal will be illuminating. Like, once she’s had time to process it and kind of get her wind back and get her message together.”
“We would take her all day, right?”
Judging by all the controversy and comments on social media, the jury is still out.
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