Sherri Shepherd Uses Jewish Analogy to Blast Ex-NAACP Leader Who Claimed She Was Black
Television personality Sherri Shepherd on Monday used a string of Jewish references as she blasted former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal for identifying herself as black, despite being born white.
“If I identified w [sic] being Jewish so much I distanced myself from family, whitefaced my skin gave holocust memories as my own I would be WRONG!” the former The View host wrote on Twitter, adding in a separate post, “It would be a dishonor to my friends who are jewish to take on their past as my own-lie about it… fabricate their pain as mine.”
When a Twitter user asked Shepherd if Dolezal’s claim was not comparable to a Jewish convert who identifies with the Holocaust, she responded saying that converts don’t falsely take on the history and pain of the Jews as their own.
Dolezal resigned on Monday as head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., amid allegations she lied about her race, and criticism for portraying herself as black. She defended her position on Tuesday morning in an interview with NBC‘s Matt Lauer, insisting, “I identify as black.”
“My life has been one of survival,” she said. “And the decisions that I have made along the way have been to survive and to carry forward in my journey and life continuum.”
Shepherd went on to blast Dolezal for falsifying her race and claiming she faced racism. She said Dolezal “manufactured a past AND profited off of lies.” The TV personality also accused Dolezal of diminishing the racism that African-Americans faced.
“My daddy experienced REAL racism…so did my aunts, grandparents. #RachelDolzal fabrications cheapens their stories,” she posted on Twitter. “Where did she learn she had2 fabricate being black, making up a history of racism.”