Keri Hilson Says Rachel Dolezal Deserves a ‘Thank You’

Keri Hilson Says Rachel Dolezal Deserves a ‘Thank You’

"She's doing more than most of us do for ourselves," says Hilson

Published June 12, 2015

Keri Hilson thinks Rachel Dolezal deserves praise, not ridicule.

The NAACP leader was recently outed by her parents for posing as a Black woman, but Hilson says Dolezal should still get credit for her work in civil rights. 

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But there are parts of the act that she took a little too far, the singer said. Dolezal, who leads the Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter and teaches Black Studies at a local college part-time, claimed that as a child she was beaten with a “baboon whip” similar to those used on slaves.

In a statement Friday, the NAACP showed its support for Dolezal, noting: "One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. “ 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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