Rachel Dolezal finally broke her silence on The Today Show and Dave Chappelle has just as much to say about her behavior.
Delivering the commencement address at his high school alma mater, the comedian shared his thoughts about Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane, Washington branch of the NAACP recently outed for pretending to be African-American. Last week, her parents told the press that they’re both white and that Dolezal has been posing as a black woman.
Chappelle finds the whole situation “ridiculous.”
But Chappelle has no intention to make Dolezal the butt of his jokes. In Chappelle’s Show, the comedian addressed issues of race with a quick wit and even keener eye. And, if his thoughts on Dolezal are any indication, his commentary hasn’t lost any of its nuance in the decade since his show premiered.
“She’s highlighting the difference between personal feelings and what’s construct, as far as racism is concerned,” Chapelle said. “I don’t know what her agenda is, but there’s an emotional context for black people when they see her and white people when they see her. There’s a lot of feelings that are going to come out behind what’s happening with this lady.”
Though Chappelle isn’t necessarily defending Dolezal’s actions, he does think she’s deserving of some sympathy.