The former NAACP leader of the Spokane, Washington chapter, releases her memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, this month. In it, she details her journey to “freeing” her “inner blackness,” according to New York Daily News.
“I’d stir the water from the hose into the earth… and make thin, soupy mud, which I would then rub on my hands, arms, feet, and legs,” she writes in an excerpt shared by Daily Mail.
“I would pretend to be a dark-skinned princess in the Sahara Desert or one of the Bantu women living in the Congo. Imagining I was a different person living in a different place was one of the few ways… that I could escape the oppressive environment I was raised in.”
Chapter titles include “Escaping to Africa (in My Head)” and “Hustling to Make a Dollar,” in which the 40-year-old likens her childhood chores to slavery.
From Daily Mail:
“‘It wouldn’t have been too much of a stretch to call me an indentured servant,’ she wrote.
Warming to her theme, she tries to claim that she developed a ‘similar resourcefulness’ that slaves were forced to develop because of the way her parents made her to do housework.
She claims this everyday rite of passage for modest children was similar to ‘the institution of chattel slavery in America’.”
Dolezal continues to receive both support and criticism on social media.