“I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white. I have used Blackness when it was not mine to use”
Apparently there are a lot of white, to date only, women running around claiming to be black. This particular manifestation of racial fraud became well-known with Rachel Dolezal, but since then, we keep hearing from white women admitting that they’ve scammed “the system” by pretending to be/identifying as black.
The latest example comes from Indianapolis where a white woman claimed to be black and worked as a community organizer with Black Lives Matter. She admitted her fakery after she was outed on BlackIndyLive.com.
Satchuel Cole (they/them), born Jennifer Lynn Benton, is a prominent & highly respected BLM activist in Indiana. They have been exposed for pretending to be black. https://t.co/xnVfMbqDPZ pic.twitter.com/NS4A8swZNP
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 20, 2020
Satchuel Cole, a highly visible community leader advocating for racial and social justice in Indiana, has apologized for misleading people about Cole’s own race, saying “I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white.”
Cole — who uses pronouns they/them — worked with Indy10 Black Lives Matter and Indy SURJ, apologized and admitted lying in a social media post. Cole, who also was active in the LGBTQ community, did not respond to multiple phone messages and emails from IndyStar this week.
“Friends, I need to take accountability for my actions and the harm that I have done. My deception and lies have hurt those I care most about. I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white. I have used Blackness when it was not mine to use. I have asked for support and energy as a Black person. I have caused harm to the city, friends and the work that I held so dear,” Cole posted on a Facebook page under the name Satch Paige.
. . . . Cole’s admission and apology came a day after an expose about Cole’s family and race was published on the website BlackIndyLIVE.com. Laron Anderson, the website’s editor-in-chief, said it was the culmination of long-standing questions he and others had about whether Cole really was Black. Cole had based their racial identity, Anderson said, on a claim that their father was Black.
The IndyStar has a lot more about her activities as a “black” woman, so click over if you are interested.DONATE
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