On Friday, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed an executive order banning racial discrimination by state employees and contractors based on a person’s hair. Among the people invited were officials from various local black advocacy groups will join her, representatives from the African American Museum of Southern Arizona, Black Mother’s Forum, and the Phoenix chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Perhaps the surprise of the signing was the appearance of Nkechi Amare Diallo, otherwise known as Rachel Dolezal. Dolezal changed her name in 2017 because she said that she couldn’t get a job with her real name since she was exposed for being white and pretending to be black. Nkechi is a West African name meaning “gift of God.” So she’s effectively been doubling down even with the name.
But she’s also using the Dolezal name on her Twitter and on her podcast (yes, she has a podcast). So her real name is something she’s still using and thinks is helpful for attention and viewers.
Dolezal bragged about being at the Hobbs event and posted pictures.
Today, AZ Gov Hobbs signed The CROWN Act. Great job, Arizona, AAMSAZ, & everyone who has fought to get this passed. CROWN stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair. This legislation seeks to end centuries of hair discrimination across the U.S. #CROWNAct pic.twitter.com/UFqzhEyfGW
— Rachel Doležal (@DialloNkechi) March 18, 2023
It’s also perhaps more than a little ironic when Dolezal is talking about “natural hair” when her natural hair is straight and blonde, as some pointed out on social media.
A video producer for 12 News confirmed that she was there and included a video.
One surprise appearance at @katiehobbs’ #CROWNAct signing, Nkechi Amare Diallo, formerly known as #RachelDolezal who gained popularity for her controversial trans-racial identity. pic.twitter.com/H8TRszYWoF
— Kyra Trent (@KyraTrent) March 17, 2023
The Arizona Independent also reported that she was there.
The Republican Majority Leader in the Arizona House of Representatives then asked when did “trans-racial” become a thing?
OK when did being trans-racial become a thing?! This is getting ridiculous. https://t.co/3ddUFYfEJJ https://t.co/WKb6G8zLsB
— Rep. Leo Biasiucci (@Leo4AzHouse) March 18, 2023
My colleague Kira Davis wrote a great piece almost six years ago on how some “trans” people seem to be okay to the left and others, like Dolezal, not so much, that it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
I’m not sure how Dolezal got there or whether she was invited. Usually, people are to such events. But who the heck would think that was a good idea or were they taken in by the new name? That says a lot for the ability of Hobbs and her staff right there.
Of course, Hobbs didn’t exactly show either courage or competence in her run for governor, hiding and refusing to debate her opponent Kari Lake. It was the Joe Biden approach of hiding in the basement. She also came under fire for racial discrimination herself in the case of the retaliatory firing of Talonya Adams.
An African-American policy adviser who won a multimillion-dollar jury award for racial and sex discrimination by the Arizona State Senate blames her former boss – Democratic Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs – for her firing.
“This was Katie Hobbs’ decision,” Talonya Adams said in an interview. “I think she’s always been very uncomfortable with minorities. She seems wholly disconnected from people of color.”
But meanwhile, while Hobbs is keeping company with Dolezal, she is of course ignoring the major issue in her state — securing the border and ensuring the safety of the people of Arizona, not to mention the rest of the country. That isn’t high up on her list of priorities.
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