The news is out: [A prominent racial justice activist in Indianapolis, Indiana pretended to be a Black person when legal documents show they are actually white.
Satchuel Cole, who has pretended to be Black, worked with organizations such as Indy10 Black Lives Matter and Indy SURJ as a “community leader” in Indiana, IndyStar reported.
However, BlackIndyLive.com first reported that Cole has been misrepresenting her racial identity and is actually white. Cole was born to parents Rachel Irick and John Oliver Benton who both indicated their race as white according to legal documents obtained by BlackIndyLive.com. IndyStar reported that Cole legally changed their name from Jennifer Lynn Benton to Satchuel Paigelyn Cole ten years ago. Since then, Cole self-identified as a Black person, according to BlackIndyLive.com.
A day after the expose was published, Cole responded through a public Facebook post, saying her “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,” Cole wrote.]
I don’t speak for the black community, and don’t have any problem with Satchuel Cole saying she is black, because she is. All the races come from black stock. Only dumb people are offended by this.