Dolezal, who once claimed to be transracial, took to Instagram to suggest the perfect gifts for this holiday season, including her 2017 biography “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.” In the now-deleted post, Dolezal held up her book alongside Mrs. Obama’s, seeming to compare the two.
“Two great memoirs! Get mine signed and/or customized with a note to the gift recipient,” she captioned the photo.
It wasn’t long before all hell broke loose, however, with critics slamming the activist for daring to compare her flop of a book, which sold a mere 596 copies upon its release, to the former first lady’s, which was recently crowned the best-selling book of 2018. In fact, sales for Obama’s biography topped 2 million copies late last month as she geared up for a record selling cross-country book tour with guests from Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.
“Rachel Dolezal needs to cut it,” one Twitter user wrote.
“I’ll take your
@peta equating ‘speciesism’ to racism/sexism and raise you a Rachel Dolezal comparing her memoir to @MichelleObama’s,” another chimed in.
One woman proudly declared, “She tried it, and the Black Delegation wasn’t having it!!!”
“In Full Color” details Dolezal’s fall from grace as president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Wa., branch after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be African-American. The Montana native pulled off the ruse for years until her parents spilled the beans, confirming their daughter was indeed white.
The controversy made national headlines and cost Dolezal her leadership role at the NAACP’s Spokane chapter as well as her job teaching African studies at Eastern Washington University.
Dolezal, 41, has since changed her name to Nkechi Diallo and was recently charged with welfare fraud.