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Author: Dolezal Said I Had ‘No Authority’ to Speak about Racism at University Because I’m White

Dolezal had been a faculty member at Eastern Washington University at the time of the speech.

Anti-racism author and scholar Tim Wise is claiming that Rachel Dolezal tried to stop him from giving a speech at Eastern Washington University while she was working there in February — because she believed a white person like him had no right to speak about racial issues.

Wise told International Business Times that one of EWU’s department heads had told him that there was “a professor in the Africana Studies department who doesn’t think you should come and speak because, as a white person, you have no authority to speak about racism or issues that affect black people.”

Wise said that the same department head contacted him after the Dolezal scandal broke to tell him that the person with the problem had been Dolezal.

“It’s like, well, I guess if I put on a spray tan and pretend to be black, she would say, ‘Okay, please come on down,’” he said.

Unlike Dolezal, Wise definitely never pretended to be black. In fact, he actually began his February 24 speech, titled “Combating Racism: From Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border,” by acknowledging his white privilege:

I also want to say thank you for that very kind introduction,” he said. “It is an honor and a privilege, and I don’t just mean a white one, like a general privilege — I mean it’s a white one, too, to even be put in the same paragraph let alone the same sort of thought bubble as Dr. King and Malcom X and Angela Davis and Cornel West and so I take that very, very seriously.

#related#“The truths that I tell are not mine alone, and it’s very important to acknowledge that, particularly because, in case you hadn’t figured it out yet, there’s at least one relatively obvious and one might even say glaring difference between me, Malcom X, Dr. King, Angela Davis, and Cornel West,” he joked.

Among Wise’s books is one titled White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.

EWU spokesman David Meany told Breitbart earlier this week that Dolezal was “no longer an employee of Eastern Washington University,” adding that — although her bio on the school’s website had had her listed as a “professor” — she was never a professor but an “adjunct instructor hired on a quarterly basis.”  

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