Dave Chappelle: Rachel Dolezal Would Be Black in the Racial Draft

Dave Chappelle: Rachel Dolezal Would Be Black in the Racial Draft

Comedian shared his thoughts during a visit to his alma mater.

Published June 15, 2015

After the story of Rachel Dolezal's "Black disguise" hit the Internet, celebrities — really, Keri Hilson? — have been weighing in left and right, sharing their opinions on the scandal. The latest to do so is Dave Chappelle, who, during a graduation speech at his alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., directly slammed the NAACP leader before sharing a bit of his classic humor.

"The world's become ridiculous," he said, according to the Washington Post. "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."


Though he thinks her actions are inexcusable, he does think she's Black in some regard — as far as comedy's concerned. Remember that episode of the Chappelle Show over a decade ago where the comedian performed the hilarious Racial Draft sketch? Well, he said that he would actually include Dolezal in the Black category. "I think Black," he said. "We would take her all day, right?"

Interesting take. This may be all in good fun, though, as Chappelle said that this will be the first and last time he speaks on the hot topic. During an interview with the Post after his speech, he said that he will most likely hold off on any more jokes about Dolezal since it's an emotionally loaded subject.

"There's something that's very nuanced where she's highlighting the difference between personal feeling and what's [a] construct as far as racism is concerned," he said. "And she's just a person, no matter how we feel about her."

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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