In April of 2016, Satchuel Cole of Indianapolis organized a rally against Indiana’s prenatal non-discrimination law. The law prohibits abortions sought on the basis of a baby’s race, along with other immutable characteristics like sex and disability. Support for race-based abortions is inherently racist — a criticism Cole deftly avoided by claiming to be Black.
“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.
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