Maya Rudolph Did Her Rachel Dolezal Impression For Seth Meyers Last Night

Maya Rudolph, queen of Beyonce impersonations and giver of excellent graduation speeches, was on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night, where she debuted the inevitable Rachel Dolezal impression that maybe half of America was waiting for. The Dolezal narrative, she says, is “fascinating,” and after fielding requests from friends and fans to slap on a wig and get to impersonating, she entertained the requests by doing just that.

The Dolezal situation is receding into the background now, but the story had an unintended purpose: To force Americans to think critically about race. I’m not sure how successful it was, but as Chauncey DeVega at Salon urges, we must remember the lessons from our brief national obsession. He writesL “Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who chose to live a black woman, is conducting a master class in White Victimology. This would be funny if it was not so sad.” We need to keep that in mind as we discuss and engage in conversations about race, appropriation and privilege. [Salon]