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The Definitive List of People Who Think Rachel Dolezal Is Actually Black

Have you ever wanted an all-inclusive list of people who think that it’s perfectly legitimate for a white woman to radically change her appearance, denounce her white relatives and ask a black man to pretend to be her father, and live her life as a black woman? Well, here it is!

Rachel Dolezal

Former Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal thinks that Rachel Dolezal is black.

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry (and author Alyson Hobbs)

Harris-Perry asked MSNBC panelists Saturday whether it is “possible that [Dolezal] might actually be black,” asking whether someone can be “cisblack and transblack.” Acedemic and author Alyson Hobbs agreed, saying there was “authenticity” to Dolezal’s claim to be black.

The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehesi Coates

Coates tweeted out a link to Mediaite’s coverage of Harris-Perry’s comments and gave the segment high praise.

He also went even further and declared that conservative radio host Glenn Beck was free to be Asian, and that race itself was a lie.

Liberal radio host Earl Ofair Hutchinson

Hutchinson said on MSNBC’s NewsNation with Tamron Hall that Dolezal was free to identify as a black woman or even a Martian, regardless of her DNA. Host Tamron Hall didn’t go quite so far, but did wonder whether or not society was quickly reaching a “transracial point,” and whether it was “politically correct” to call her a liar.

The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symone

The pair defended Dolezal, with Goldberg comparing the issue to transgender individuals who identify as the opposite gender and Raven-Symone saying it wasn’t necessary to have black skin in order to be black.

A Strong Majority of MSNBC Viewers

In an (admittedly unscientific) poll, 71% of MSNBC’s daytime viewers say it’s perfect fine for Rachel Dolezal to be transracial. Yes, really.

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