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Rachel Dolezal; What an Interesting Story
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NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal lied about being black: parents


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© AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios In this photo taken July 24, 2009, Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

An NAACP leader and prominent civil rights activist in Washington state has been pretending to be black for years, her parents admitted local media Thursday.

Rachel Dolezal, who heads Spokane’s NAACP chapter and teaches Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, refused to directly answers any questions about her alleged racial ruse after it was exposed.

A KXLY reporter bluntly asked her, “Are you African American?”

After a stunned pause, she replied: "“I don’t understand the question."

The question of her race "is not as easy as it seems," Dolezal told the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

"We're all from the African continent," she added.

Dolezal’s parents, who are both white, provided a birth certificate and childhood pictures of their daughter to the Coeur d’Alene Press to back up their claims she has been grossly misrepresenting herself.

The birth certificate confirmed she was born to the white couple, and the pictures show Dolezal as a pasty, blonde child — a complete contrast the darker skin and curly brown hair she has now.

“It is very disturbing that she has become so dishonest,” Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, told the Idaho newspaper.

Her parents also alleged a much wider web of warped lies Dolezal spun about her background. A black man who Dolezal has publicly claimed to be her son is in fact her adopted brother, they said — a fact Dolezal confirmed to the paper.

Dolezal also lied about growing up in a teepee, hunting for her own food with bows and arrows, being abused by a stepfather and once living in South Africa, her parents said.

Some of her family members did live in South Africa for four years, but “Rachel did not even ever visit us there,” her mom said.

Dolezal initially maintained that she is African-American, telling the Coeur d'Alene Press: "They can DNA test me if they want to."

Her parents told the Seattle Times Thursday they are estranged from their daughter and have no idea why she lied.

Dolezal was elected as the president of the NAACP Spokane chapter last November and took the post at the beginning of this year, according to her Facebook page.

She also chairs the city’s newly created police oversight commission.

She did not return a Daily News request for comment.

Dolezal is an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University’s Africana Education program. Her bio on the school’s site says she is a widely popular speaker and visual artist whose “efforts were met with opposition by North Idaho white supremacy groups, the Ku Klux Klan, the Neo Nazis and the Aryan Nations, and at least eight documented hate crimes targeted Doležal and her children during her residency in North Idaho.”

Dolezal's Facebook page is filled with posts about civil rights marches, alleged instances of racism against her and supposed details about her childhood.

In one November 2013 post, she offered tips for black viewers to watch the period drama "12 Years a Slave," which she called "not the best film to take a white partner on a first date to."

She advised: "sit in the top, back row so that during the movie people aren't constantly looking at you to monitor the 'Black response' to the film."

The same day, she wrote another post about a slave character in the film, Patsey, played by Lupita Nyong'o.

"When Patsy [sic] makes the dolls with the braided arms in '12 Years,' it brought back memories of when I was a little girl and made the same husk dolls in the garden, only I braided their hair instead of the arms...," Dolezal wrote.

The Spokane chapter has not commented on the controversy. A Tuesday post on its Facebook page said Dolezal was interviewed by Al Jazeera about "police accountability in Spokane," with the clip to be broadcast "in several days."

Another post on the page, from January, shows Dolezal standing with a black man who is identified as her "father."

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An NAACP leader in Washington state was just accused of pretending to be black

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A woman recently appointed as head of a local NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington has apparently spent years "disguising" herself as black, according to the woman's parents.

Her name is Rachel Dolezal. The Washington Times reports Dolezal, has identified as white, black and Native American.

Dolezal's mother, told some media outlets in the Spokane area that her family's ancestry consists of Czech, Swedish and German with traces of Native American heritage.

It's unclear exactly what prompted the family's disclosure about Dolezal, who also teaches Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University. The Spokesman Review has cited an ongoing family dispute, including "contentious litigation between other family members over allegations of past abuse that has divided the family."

Toward the end of the video below, a reporter asks Rachel Dolezal if she's African-American. She replied, "I don't understand the question," before abruptly walking away from the camera.

In another twist, Dolezal has a history of reporting hate crimes in Spokane and at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Speaking about the alleged crimes — which included a report of a swastika being drawn on the organisation's doors, board member Kurt Neumaier told The Spokesman Review that “None of them passed the smell test.”

The publication also says none of Dolezal's hate crime accusations have led to an arrest or charges.



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NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal lied about being black

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Meet Rachel Dolezal, one of the most recognizable civil rights activists in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal is an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University, a freelance columnist, and the leader of Spokane's local NAACP chapter.

Dolezal is by her family's account white—Czech, Swedish, and German, with some Native American heritage, according to her mom—which is problematic given that she's built an identity around being an African-American woman. And amid swirling controversy about Dolezal's heritage on Thursday, she responded to KXLY4 reporter Jeff Humphrey's query in telling fashion.



Said the ABC affiliate's reporter: "Are you African-American?"
"I don't understand the question."

Then she walked away.

It's a damning moment for Dolezal, who has been aggressive in purporting a seemingly false black identity. Social media, particularly Twitter, was merciless and made #RachelDolezal an instant top trending item in the United States.



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The City of Spokane is investigating whether Dolezal violated the city's code of ethics by way of lying about her race on her citizen police ombudsman commission application—Dolezal identified as African-American.
In a piece for urban weekly Inlander,"Let Us Breathe,"Dolezal rallied about the #BlackLivesMatter movement while using language like "We have not been silent."

Dolezal was also publicly critical of the Oscar-nominated film, The Help:


Rachel Dolezal, a professor of Black Studies who rotates between Eastern Washington and North Idaho College, and is a leader for NIC's Black Students Association, said she wished the film had never been made. Her main dislike stemmed from all the money Kathryn Stockett, the author of the novel and a white woman, made off of this book and film.

"Follow the money trail," Dolezal said. "A white woman makes millions off of a black woman's story."

However, some in the African-American community have come to her aid because of her career as an advocate for civil rights.



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VoiceofReason

Well!

Don't that beat all!

I agree with her though - "We are all from the continent of Africa".
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Doc, thanks.

I kind of love this story.

Despite what her parents look like or what they say their national origins are, she has chosen to live as a black woman.

Isn't Barack Obama choosing to live as a black man? His mother is designated as white. Who decides what box he checks regarding race? If he were lighter with blondish hair, same parents, would he be lying if he said he were black? I don't think so. :)

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Spokane NAACP president falsely claims she’s black, parents say

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The president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash. has been falsely claiming she is a black woman for many years, her white parents have divulged to the media.

On Thursday, Rachel Dolezal’s parents told local media outlets that their daughter’s heritage is Czech, Swedish, and German with possible traces of Native American.

Dolezal, 36, who’s been the president of the the NAACP since January, serves as chair of the city’s police oversight commission and is a professor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University.

According to the Spokesman-Review, Dolezal misrepresented herself on her application for the city commission, writing that her ethnicity included white, black, and American Indian. Officials told the Spokesman-Review they were investigating whether she violated any city policies.

According to her staff biography at EWU, Dolezal received her master’s degree from Howard University, the famed historically black college in Washington, D.C.

“Her passion for civil rights is influenced by her years in Mississippi, where she advocated for equal rights and participated in community development,” the bio states. Dolezal’s biography also states she has been the victim of at least eight “documented hate crimes.”

However, the local police have found little evidence of any racial harassment, the media has reported.

Rumors about her true ethnicity have swirled about her for years. And when asked by a local television station is she was indeed black, Dolezal refused to answer the question.

In several interviews, Dolezal has also referred to her black sons. But those two boys are actually adopted siblings, her parents said to the Couer d’Alene Press.

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When asked about her parents’ statements, Dolezal maintained that she was black and that her parents abused her and her siblings when they were children.

“They can DNA test me if they want to,” she added, remaining resolute with the stance that she is indeed partially black.



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A lot of white females create stories of being black.

And in this case, as Dolezal's parents have stated, they are estranged from their daughter. Which is typical between parents and children. Little do we realize how commonplace it is that parents are estranged from their children and have been all along.

It's no wonder why they have no idea why their daughter is doing it. They don't even care to find out why, because all they know is that they come first and their child doesn't really matter for anything besides their honor.

But Dolezal is absolutely right that ALL of us are African.

That's as true as daylight. :)

So if she want to be black then leave her alone.

Deep down she is black.

After all, don't white people develop dark brown spots on their skin?

It's a biological fact that the native earth color is brown.

And some white people can feel it and are certainly not in love with being so pale.
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Jun 12 2015, 10:38 AM
Doc, thanks.

I kind of love this story.

Despite what her parents look like or what they say their national origins are, she has chosen to live as a black woman.

Isn't Barack Obama choosing to live as a black man? His mother is designated as white. Who decides what box he checks regarding race? If he were lighter with blondish hair, same parents, would he be lying if he said he were black? I don't think so. :)

If we can accept transgendered people, I see no problem if folks want to do the same in regards to race.

The problem is that her immediate ancestry is not black at all.

Passing her adopted brothers as sons is another problem.

Her good work could be undone by the deception.

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