Like Grace Dunham before her, Rachel Dolezal has found Bushwick to be an ideal port in the storm in the wake of controversy. After setting off the vitriol of the NAACP (a chapter of which she was once president before people came to their senses) and describing herself as “transracial,” Dolezal then further aggravated the trans community with her generalizing statements.
Like many Bushwickians, Dolezal feels that being white isn’t what she’s really about, even though everything about her screams, “I’m from Idaho!” Bushwickians, too, can’t seem to see the most obvious thing about themselves as they don streetwear and go to Tiki Disco for their hip hop fill.
“I don’t know what it is about Bushwick. I just really fit in here. There’s no white people, for one. And for another, no one questions me about my race because everyone here respects my desire for total reinvention,” explained Dolezal. She has already started an activist group called Big Black Bushwick and is fast becoming the “Rachel Green” of her circle of friends. But you’ll never be able to decipher her from the others, which is why she is the Rachel in the first place–and hangs with Basique Beech.
Written by Genna Rivieccio