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Dave Chappelle won’t joke about Rachel Dolezal; social media will

Comedian Dave Chappelle won’t mock Rachel Dolezal, the embattled NAACP leader accused of lying about her racial background.
Comedian Dave Chappelle won’t mock Rachel Dolezal, the embattled NAACP leader accused of lying about her racial background. Associated Press

It’s not very often that you hear comedian Dave Chappelle say he won’t joke about a topic.

But for now at least, he’s not jumping on the bandwagon to mock Rachel Dolezal, the embattled NAACP leader in Spokane, Wash. who was born to white parents but apparently has been lying about her racial background.

She resigned her post as president of the Spokane chapter on Monday.

For one thing, Chappelle tells The Washington Post, a lot of other comedians are going to have fun with the topic. But he has a deeper philosophical reason for keeping his hands off.

“The thing that the media's gotta be real careful about, that they're kind of overlooking, is the emotional context of what she means,” says Chappelle.

“There’s something that’s very nuanced where she's highlighting the difference between personal feeling and what's construct as far as racism is concerned. 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.

“And she's just a person, no matter how we feel about her.”

Social media didn’t get that message.

Twitter users have been eviscerating her with special hashtags and memes ever since the story broke. The #AskRachel hashtag has been most popular.

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