In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World

In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World

by Rachel Dolezal, Storms Reback

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ISBN-13: 9781944648169
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 348,388
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author


Rachel Doležal holds an MFA from Howard University. Her scholarly research focus is the intersection of race, gender, and class in the contemporary Black diaspora, with a specific emphasis on Black women in visual culture. She is a licensed Intercultural Competency & Diversity Trainer, dedicated to racial and social justice activism. She has worked as an instructor at North Idaho College and Eastern Washington University, where she also served as Advisor for the schools’ Black Student Unions, as well as Whitworth University, and has guest lectured at Spokane Community College, University of Idaho, Gonzaga University, and Washington State University.

Doležal began her activism in Mississippi, where she advocated for equal rights and partnered with community developers, tutoring grade-school children in Black history and art and pioneering African American history courses at a predominantly white university. She is the former Director of Education at the Human Rights Education Institute in Idaho and has served as a consultant for human rights education and inclusivity in regional public schools. She recently led the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission to promote police accountability and justice in law enforcement in Spokane, Washington, and was the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP. She is the devoted mother of three sons.

Storms Reback is the author of three books All In: The (Almost) Entirely True History of the World Series of Poker, Farha on Omaha: Expert Strategy for Beating Cash Games and Tournaments, and Ship It Holla Ballas!: How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker’s Loudest, Craziest, and Richest Crew. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and children.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Prologue 1

1 Delivered by Jesus 5

2 Escaping to Africa (in My Head) 9

3 Oatmeal 15

4 Drowned by Religion 19

5 Hustling to Make a Dollar 25

6 Chicken Head Baseball & Huckleberry Stains 33

7 Thirteen I 39

8 Adopting Ezra 45

9 Separate but Equal 53

10 Hair I 59

11 Million Man March 69

12 Belhaven College 77

13 Hair II 87

14 Adopting a New Dad I 99

15 Kevin & Howard 107

16 Emancipation 121

17 San Francisco 131

18 Thirteen II 137

19 Adopting a New Dad II 145

20 Malicious Harassment 157

21 Raising Black Boys in America 169

22 The Third Strike 179

23 Black Lives Matter 189

24 Lorenzo Hayes 199

25 Ambushed by Reporter 211

26 Unemployed 221

27 New York 229

28 Backlash 241

29 Survival Mode 253

30 Rebirth 263

Epilogue 271

Acknowledgments 279

About the Authors 281

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In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PlsPassTheBooks More than 1 year ago
Since the news first broke of a Seattle white woman purposefully positioning herself as black, Rachel Dolezal has been the person we all love to hate. Like most others, I followed the story closely and absorbed arguments on both sides. I don't feel qualified to try and rationalize her actions or make any type of defense for her, and as a (mostly) white woman who has had the benefit of privilege in my life, neither do I feel truly able to comprehend the degree of anger, frustration, and hurt her actions have brought to POC. What I do feel—and what I've always felt for her—is confusion and embarrassment. My embarrassment comes chiefly in the form of empathy, only in the way that her revealing was forced into the limelight. It's the same embarrassment I'd feel if any of my old, dirty family secrets were splashed across the front of a newspaper (even if they were really, really dirty—which some, sadly, are). I feel this way only because I'm a sympathetic woman, but that doesn't make me immune to the raw and legitimate testimony of POC who rally against her. Their disdain is valid and I refuse to trivialize their credible resentment toward her. But what I am qualified to do is review a book based on its literary merit, and that is what I intend to do here. The book begins with a thorough review of Dolezal's upbringing, which is heartbreaking. She makes clear that an identity crisis was brewing from the day she was born, a day in which her birth nearly killed her mother. The abuses that followed to herself and her siblings at the hands of their parents made me physically ill. The writing is tight, clean, and direct, with Dolezal narrating in a straightforward manner. As she grows and leaps deeper into a pool of disorientation, she appears to find strength in her passions: African art, history, and civil rights issues. There are some moments in the book where she's definitely patting her own back for her accomplishments, but given where she's come from—from a literary perspective—it doesn’t come off as terribly egotistical. On the contrary, if she was anyone else it would be a wonderful story of perseverance and hope. But it's not anyone else. It's Rachel Dolezal, and the name alone makes it incredibly difficult to move past. I wouldn’t recommend In Full Color to those who weren't thoroughly interested in psychology, or to those who don't enjoy reading for the sake of an interesting story. I am perfectly comfortable reading the biographies of people I disapprove of personally, and as far as biographies go this is an uncomfortably fascinating one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and thoughtful, pulls the curtain back on a difficult subject with unflinching honesty
Woods91 More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Rachael was spot on with the issues of white supremacy ruling everything in America and the effects of the slave trade that still lingers in many African Americans. The fact that we all stemmed from Africa, contradicts the notion that Rachael was black facing African Americans. Throughout every ghetto there is a White male or female who adopts black culture, because that is all they could truly identify with, Rachael rejected he parents beliefs and identities that was forced on her through abuse and found peace among the African American groups in college, thus embracing the African American struggle and the African American culture. I'm willing to bet Rachael knows more about African/African American History than 3/4 of the average African American. Dolezal has my full support, don't let the media think for you, think for yourself and read this book.