The parents of a prominent NAACP leader’s have made a shocking revelation: their daughter is white and began to “disguise herself” as black in 2006 or 2007.
Rachel Dolezal, 37, is the Spokane’s NAACP Chapter President and also a part-time Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University. Her parents say that she has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years.
Rachel’s mother Ruthanne Dolezal has even supplied photographic proof to KREM. It shows her daughter, who currently sports tight, dark curls, being a fair and freckled blonde young woman. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Other than some “faint traces” of Native American blood, Rachel Dolezal’s mother told reporters that the family background is Czech, Swedish and German. She is pictured right and left as a girl.
In the wake of the revelation, Dolezal faces a city ethics probe, because she had identified herself as black in an application for the local police ombudsman commission — a position she got.
Ruthanne Dolezal told The Spokesman-Review:
It’s very sad that Rachel has not just been herself. Her effectiveness in the causes of the African-American community would have been so much more viable, and she would have been more effective if she had just been honest with everybody.
It is not clear why the parents have shared the revelations, but Rachel has previously said that she no longer has any contact with them. She has also claimed that they were violent towards her.
2. Rachel Dolezal, Spokane’s NAACP Chapter President and part-time Africana Studies professor at a university in Washington, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years, her parents say.
3. Rachel’s parents, who live in Montana, said she has been “disguising herself” since around 2006. She has previously said she has no contact with her parents, claiming they were violent towards her.
However, her father denies Rachel’s charges of violence and told Buzzfeed News that she cut off all communication with them and doesn’t want them to be seen together, “because we’re Caucasian”.
Rachel’s mother claims that her daughter began to “disguise herself” in 2006 or 2007. Apart from some “faint traces” of Native American blood, Ruthanne said that the family background is Czech, Swedish and German.
However, in her application to become chairwoman of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, Rachel marked herself as white, black and American Indian, according to The Spokesman-Review.
She has previously claimed that her white father is actually her step-father. In January, a picture showing Rachel and a black man on the Spokane NAACP’s Facebook identified the man as her father.
4. Dolezal has been a highly visible civil rights activist in the Eastern Washington/Idaho region for years. She’s seen here with Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
5. Rachel’s blog posts and interviews often reference her “black sons”. But her mother says one of the boys is Izaiah — one of four African American infants Rachel’s parents adopted in the 1990s.
A reporter from KXLY confronted Rachel over the photo of her with the African-American man on Wednesday and asked:
Ma’am, I was wondering if your dad really is an African-American man.
I don’t understand the question. I did tell you [that man in the picture] is my dad.
Asked the same question by The Spokesman-Review, Rachel answered:
That question is not as easy as it seems… There’s a lot of complexities… and I don’t know that everyone would understand that… We’re all from the African continent.
The City of Spokane will investigate whether Rachel Dolezal has violated their code of ethics in her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission.
6. Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, talks to KXLY4’s Jeff Humphrey about several hate crimes she’s reported over the years, but walks away from the interview when asked questions about her ethnicity.
7. An NAACP leader outed as a white woman refutes the claim — a KREM report.
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