Former Rachel Dolezal Makes Appearance At Hobbs’ Hair Discrimination Ban Executive Order Signing

Governor Katie Hobbs | Rachel Dolezal, now Nkechi Amare Diallo

On Friday afternoon, Governor Katie Hobbs was joined by a group of black leaders and the former Rachel Dolezal, now Nkechi Amare Diallo, for the signing of an executive order banning racial discrimination based on a person’s hair in Arizona.

The executive order will prohibit state agencies, and all new state contracts or subcontracts from discrimination based on hair texture and protective styles, such as braids, locs, twists, knots, and headwraps, in the workplace and in public schools to ensure protection against discrimination based on all race-based hairstyles.

Dolezal, born a white woman, passed herself off as a black woman to take a job as the head of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter in 2014. She was “outed by her lily-white parents and declared herself “transracial”; then said she’s really black, not white; and then went on to score a book deal,” according to The Root.

In 2017, Dolezal changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo because she said she was unemployable as Dolezal.

According to the Daily Mail, “Dolezal told TV host Tamron Hall that even after changing her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo – a West African way of saying ‘gift from the gods’ – in 2017, she is still recognized and never gets past the interview stage.”

It is unknown how Dolezal/Amare Diallo managed to steal center stage from the governor, who has twice been found guilty by juries of discriminating against a black staff member of the Arizona Legislature.


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