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Former Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal Finally Speaks Out. The revelation that Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP Spokane chapter president, was misrepresenting herself as black after her white parents spoke up caused controversy throughout the country. Dolezal was believed to be African American by most of her peers. She resigned from her position when her story went viral on social media, causing widespread conversations about issues of race, culture, and privilege. When finally opening up in an exclusive interview with NBC News, Dolezal explains that at age 16 (her age in a popular photo that has been circulating) she saw herself as white, but as of today, she can only “identify as African American.” Discussion around this situation persists, as Dolezal finds herself in the middle of a vigorous national debate on race. [Buzzfeed News]
Donald Trump Announces Presidential Campaign. The well-known Republican billionaire has officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States, after toying with the idea for years. Trump introduced his slogan “Make America Great Again” along with his intention to use his financial savvy to create jobs and save the U.S. economy. While the boastful businessman made comments like “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” he still has his work cut out for him. The Republican candidate pool continues to grow larger and more competitive, and Trump isn’t exactly at the top of the list. [CNN Politics]
1 in 5 Women Report Being Sexually Assaulted in College. In the past four years, a disheartening 20 percent of college women report being sexually assaulted during their undergraduate career. The Washington Post’s Post-Kaiser poll suggests that many of these instances can be attributed to aspects of college culture such as alcohol consumption and fraternity and sorority life. Sexual assault is assumed to occur at an even higher rate on a national level. [Washington Post]
New York Considers Wage Increases for Fast-Food Workers. Acknowledging that fast food workers struggle to make ends meet with low wages for daunting work hours, New York’s wage board is considering a wage increase for these employees. Evelisse Perez, a woman who passed out on her way into work at McDonalds one day, was told the she had overworked herself into medical exhaustion. She shared this anecdote in hopes that it would inspire the New York wage board to change their minimum wage policies, as did many other fast-food workers. Fast-food workers still wait in hopes of a thoughtful pay increase. [Buzzfeed News]