Rachel Dolezal Accused Of Copying Famous ‘Slave Ship’ Artwork

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Jun 15, 2015 at 5:59 AM ET

Embattled Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is facing further accusations that she has appropriated racial culture–this time in connection to her art. People online are drawing attention to the similarities between one of Dolezal’s paintings, The Shape of Our Kind, and The Slave Ship, an iconic work of art painted by J.M.W. Turner in 1840.

Since Sunday night, more than 2,000 Twitter have tweeted about it, declaring she plagiarized Turner’s work.

Copying art isn’t necessarily illegal, and some artists have even built their careers on producing copies. But Dolezal’s art—some of which is currently up for sale on eBay and which has focused on issues related to African-American history and culture—is entangled in the already-hot debate about her racial identity.

On Sunday, a Spokane NAACP meeting that was scheduled for Monday was postponed with no indication of when it will be held. Dolezal was expected to address the community and publicly confront accusations of dishonesty.

“As you probably know by now, there are questions and assumptions swirling in national and global news about my family, my race, my credibility, and the NAACP,” Dolezal said in a statement, the Associated Press reported. 


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