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Anderson Cooper and guests rip Rachel Dolezal for passing herself off as black: ‘The height of arrogance’

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CNN host Anderson Cooper and his guests struggled to understand on Friday how Rachel Dolezal thought she was helping the African-American community by misrepresenting herself as black.

Contributor Marc Lamont Hill disclosed that he had encountered Dolezal, the head of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at some events in the past.

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“She was one of the people who said the Black Lives Matter movement needs to be led and directed by black people [and that] outsiders should not be there,” Hill said. “It’s the height of arrogance to say that and mendacity to say that at the very same time that you’re actually white in the middle of it.”

Dolezal, a white woman who said in an interview that she considers herself to be black, has been hit with widespread criticism after her parents revealed that she was posing as a black woman.

Both Hill and fellow panelist Michaela Angela Davis wondered if she was suffering from a mental health issue.

“I saw her giving a lecture on black hair and privilege, and she was claiming it as hers,” Davis said. “And what’s so disturbing is, she could have done all this good work as a white woman. She could have actually used her white privilege to help this civil rights movement.”

The panel did note that white people have been involved in both the NAACP and civil rights activism as a whole for generations. But, Cooper added, “It’s one thing to say, ‘I’m a white person and I’m in the NAACP.’ It’s another thing to say as a caucasian person, ‘I’m black and I’m in the NAACP.'”

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While Dolezal might not realize the impact of her choices, Hill said, it was an “exercise of white privilege” for her to want to say she knew what was best for black communities.

“These are choices that black people can make, and if you are an advocate of black people, you should be advocating [for] black self-determination, the opportunity and ability to make our own choices for ourselves,” he said. “We can’t do that if you throw on the braids and the sarongs and act as if you were African and blacker than black.”

Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday, below.

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‘Pandemics expose the fissures of society’: Rev. William Barber tells CNN why people of color are hurt most by COVID-19

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The Rev. William Barber told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Thursday that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown a light on racial and economic inequality in the United States, as statistics are showing a disproportionate number of people of color are dying from the disease.

After citing statistics from New York City showing that COVID-19 is killing black and Latino residents at twice the rate it's killing white residents, Camerota asked Barber to explain why he thinks the pandemic has been more lethal to communities of color.

"Pandemics expose the fissures of our society," he said. "They expose all of the things we haven't fixed prior to the pandemic. So we had less health care, we had less wages in poor communities."

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Andrew Cuomo threatens to bail on CNN interview when his brother shows vintage photo of governor in bellbottoms

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) appeared to feign anger during a CNN interview Wednesday in which his brother, Christopher Cuomo, showed a vintage photo of their family with the elder brother clad in bellbottoms, a rhinestone belt and an unfortunate attempt at an afro.

The younger Cuomo is still suffering from the effects of coronavirus, appearing redfaced and wiping his brow. However, his brother noted that he seemed more animated than he has in days.

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