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One thing that is frowned upon in the hip-hop community are “industry plants.” An industry plant is an artist or person within the community isn’t authentic. They lie about where they are from. They sell you an image that they think you want to see, rather than sharing how they really feel or who they really are. In 2015, one of the most bizarre stories is based on the an industry plant by the name of Rachel Dolezal.
Last week, a story broke on Dolezal, the Spokane NAACP president and civil rights activist that has been misrepresenting herself as a black women.In a recent interview with Dolezal’s parents, the couple stated that their daughter’s real heritage is white and not the one she’s been proclaiming for years. The parents of Dolezal exposed their daughter even further by showcasing pictures of their daughter as a blonde child.
In the hip-hop community, fugazi people and things are brought to the forefront everyday, Dolezal has dedicated her adult life to the urban community and the NAACP. Her involvement in the Washington community has surely opened doors for many. This work by cannot be denied and is on the record. Lying about her race doesn't erase the good deeds, but puts a blemish on her once good name and character.
I am very surprised that Rachel missed the many examples of caucasian people within the urban culture that didn’t falsify their background while making an impact. Rick Rubin is a great example within the hip-hop community. Along with Russell Simmons, Rubin is the founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings. With the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Run–D.M.C., Rubin helped popularize hip hop music.
The hip-hop community has been relentless on Dolezal, attacking her character on social media and in the press. I believe there are two sides to every story, but it may be too late for Rachel to share her side of things and not be judged.
What's really upsetting about this is that she was paid for these positions and speaking commissions- those are opportunities that should have been for people of color. So often their contributions and concerns were erased and ignored, and the fact that she prioritized her voice over those she was supposedly advocating for makes her motives very suspect. You're right to point out that her contributions did not need to be made this way- she would have been welcome as an ally everywhere she was present.
@shannonl5 I really wish she would've went about things differently. You also make a good point about her getting paid for these speaking commissions and taking opportunities away from other people of color. For her to take on those dates based on certain specific details she knew she didn't meet is a pretty tough pill for me to swallow.