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Another wrinkle to the Rachel Dolezal story that has not been much discussed is its aspect as a Christian, religious phenomenon. I caught this little bit in the New York Times, which you can read here.   As I see it, the importance of this otherwise marginal angle is the way it situates the story in a central aspect of American Protestant culture –the idea and practice of self-transformation and intentional community, and the kinds of epic, public flame-outs to which these are given.

Talking about Rachel Dolezal’s parents, her uncle is quoted in the Times. “There was a tepee, her uncle, Daniel said, but that was years before Rachel was born, in the early 1970s, when her parents were first married. “Larry and Ruthanne were kind of the quintessential Jesus people, hippies, back to nature, and they set up a tepee and lived in it for a year,”…

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