Rachel Dolezal is no more!
It’s been over a year since the former head of Spokane, Washington’s NAACP chapter ignited a media firestorm when it was revealed she had been posing as a black woman and was biologically white.
The controversy cost Dolezal her job, her credibility, and now, her name — as the 39-year-old now officially goes by Nkechi Amare Diallo!
According to legal docs obtained by DailyMail.com,
Rachel Nkechi officially changed her name in a Washington court order back in October — and the meaning behind her new moniker couldn’t be more obnoxious!
Nkechi, short for Nkechinyere, is a Nigerian name that means “gift of god” or “what god is given.” Diallo is a last name of Fula origin meaning “bold” — a word we certainly can’t rob her of after all the headlines she’s made.
Shortly after her name change, Nkechi put her new identity to good use — by trying to give publicity to an old TEDx Talk she gave back in her Dolezal days.
She started a Change.org petition urging the TEDx organization to post one of her controversial speeches under the name Nkechi Diallo. And no, she never mentioned her previous name.
The petition read:
“Rachel Dolezal’s TEDx Talk on Race & Identity… is still not available online. Please post her talk online immediately. She should not be censored due to her unique perspective. We want to watch this speech!”
Pretty desperate, bold gift of god.
Regardless, Nkechi’s tactic worked, and TED shared the video in November even though only 30 of the 100 required signatures were received.
We do have to give her some credit for going through such great lengths to start a discussion on identity and race — but it’s hard to see homegirl as genuine when she’s so inherently dishonest!
What do YOU think of all this? Either way, we have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear from Nkechi.
[Image via NBC.]