Rachel Dolezal, appropriator of Black womanhood, reportedly plans to name her unborn son Langston Hughes, reports the New York Daily News.
Over the summer, a television news station exposed Dolezal as the daughter of a White couple in a story that went viral. Later, she resigned under fire as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP after critics condemned her for presenting the fallacy, noting that the civil rights group has a long history of receiving support from Whites.
Then in August, Dolezal, who now works as a hairdresser, announced she was pregnant. On Monday in an interview with Vice, she revealed her unborn son would be named for Hughes, the beloved Black Harlem Renaissance poet. Writes the News:
“I’m naming him Langston because of Langston Hughes’ ‘Mother to Son’ poem,” Dolezal said. “Life hasn’t been easy for me at all, but I keep going. I’m still climbing, so don’t you sit down and stop. You keep going, and I want that to be a lesson for all my sons.”
Dolezal keeps Hughes’ “Collected Poems” on a chest in her living room, according to Vice. The Harlem Renaissance legend and outspoken civil rights activist’s poem “Mother to Son” is one of Hughes’ best known works. The mother’s trials serve as a symbol of African-Americans’ struggle for equality in the poem.
“Well, son, I’ll tell you: life for me ain’t been no crystal stair,” the poem reads. “Don’t you set down on the steps ’cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now — for I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, and life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
We’re glad Rachel Dolezal appreciates Hughes, but she still seems to be missing the point. What do you think? Sound off in the comments…
SOURCE: The New York Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Google