Dave Chappelle – Rachel Dolezal

In Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special, Equanimity he makes a joke about Rachel Dolezal.  Scroll to the video at the end of this article to hear the joke.  Chappelle refers to Rachel as the white black person that’s always in the news.  Dolezal was president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington from 2014 to 2015.  She resigned after she was exposed for lying about being black.


This isn’t the first time Chappelle has made fun of Dolezal.  A week after she was outed by her parents as a white woman pretending to be black, Dave mentioned her during his Duke Ellington School of Arts commencement speech.  Dave graduated from Duke Ellington in 1991 and then moved to New York City to pursue his dream to become a comedian.

Dave Chappelle Rachel Dolezal
Dave Chappelle Rachel Dolezal

In the joke, Chappelle explains that Rachel transformed herself to a black person and then climbed the ranks of blackness.  After mentioning Dolezal during the 2015 commencement speech, Chappelle explained that he would wait a few a while before including her in his routine.

Dave knew a lot of comedians would add Dolezal to their routines and he figured her response to their jokes would provide him with more material.

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