Talib Kweli Calls Rachel Dolezal 'An Enemy' to the Movement For Racial Equality
Noted MC and activist Talib Kweli spoke to Rolling Stone about the topic on everyone's lips: Rachel Dolezal and her years-long insistence (including her interview with the Today show on Tuesday morning) that she, a white woman, identifies as black. "Cool story, but that's not a real thing," says Kweli, "because at any time, she could go back. That is a privilege that people of color do not have."
Kweli notes the inconsistency in Dolezal's actions, that "she tried to take advantage of [Howard University] by suing them, and then later she advanced her career by playing black. She has a history of taking advantage of the situation."
"Every quote-unquote 'positive' thing she did to help people," he adds, "she could have done without pretending she was a black woman."
"When you lie," the rapper concluded, "that's crossing the line. You're not a friend or an ally to the movement. You're an enemy. Maybe you're not as dangerous an enemy as killer cops, but you're not down with us at all."