Mark this down as one of the most perfect responses to the Rachel Dolezal story we’ve heard so far.
Dave Chappelle recently was asked to deliver the commencement speech at his high school alma mater. He delivered a few laughs, but he also shared poignant thoughts about some of our society’s most recent scandals.
In front of hundreds of young minds at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Chappelle said he thinks Dolezal would be black. He said, “We would take her all day, right?” Of course, you’ve heard of this woman. Dolezal is the recently outed woman misrepresenting her race and who is white but has been masquerading as a black woman for more than a decade.
Chappelle continued, saying, “The world’s become ridiculous. 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.”
But during a backstage interview with the Washington Post, Chappelle reveals why he won’t be using her in any of his jokes. He said, “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. There’s something that’s very nuanced where she’s highlighting the difference between personal feelings 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.”
That is quite literally one of the most well-thought-out and perfectly constructed responses to this strange and twisted tale I have read since it broke last week.
He ended speaking about Dolezal by saying, “…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.”
I am literally blown away by how perfect his responses have been regarding this. Not because I don’t expect it from him, but that he is saying exactly what everyone needs to hear and what a lot of us are thinking. We don’t know what the deal is. It is different for black people and for white people, and it will be interesting and illuminating once we hear her official response.