Can We Give Rachel True the Respect She Deserves?

“Maybe it’s just an oversight but…I mean…it’s a film about four fucking girls—not three.”

Rachel True

I’m sure if you clicked this article then you have some clue as to what has been going on with one of our favorite black witches, Rachel True. And if you don’t, let me fill you in.

So, Rachel True plays Rochelle in the  1996 film, The Craft. A film about four Catholic school girls who dabble in witchcraft and bite off more than they can chew. Now being that this movie was iconic, it’s only obvious that the stars would be booked for press related events, conventions, etc…Right?

Well, for the most part, that’s not been true.

Rachel has been quiet, at least up until now about the racism she faces in Hollywood and how even today she’s been skipped over for cast reunions. Even though she played one of the main characters in the film.

This isn’t about money for True, it’s about black visibility and how black people are often first often casted as tropes in film and later erased entirely. ( Side note: I would love to draw a comparison with to and what happened to Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films).

She’s detailed in her Instagram Live the history of black erasure and its lasting effects. “Already when The Craft comes on TV, my name’s not listed. Not a big deal,except, you know, when you look at pictures, paintings, and things from back in the day, you see a person of color listed as servant or housekeeper or something like that. They don’t have names.” You can check out the rest of his Instagram video, below.

This isn’t the first time she’s been burned by Hollywood but here’s to hoping that she finally gets the respect she deserves.

True is also featured in Horror Noire, a Shudder film that focuses on black horror.

“I forced one particular group [to include me],” she says. “All the girls are going to be together for the first time since 1996. [The fact] that I had to put up a Twitter thread to be included with my cast mates is unfortunate, but that’s just life, right? I’m Gen X; I’m bred to be quiet and just suck up everything. You know what, I’m tired. I’m tired of a lifetime in Hollywood of sucking up macro- and micro-aggressions in terms of my career. What I said in my thread, I stand by it. I will not be erased. Not when I am fucking alive.”


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