An NAACP leader’s parents have made a startling revelation: their daughter, for years a highly visible civil rights activist in Eastern Washington, is white.
Rachel Dolezal, Spokane’s NAACP Chapter President and part-time Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years, her parents say.
Her mother even offered photographic proof. While today the 37-year-old divorcee currently sports tight, dark curls, her mom Ruthanne Dolezal showed KREM photos of the fair and freckled blonde daughter she once knew.
Dolezal is now facing a city ethics probe after she identified herself as black in an application to serve on a local police ombudsman commission – a position she secured.
‘It’s very sad that Rachel has not just been herself,’ Ruthanne Dolezal told the Spokesman-Review. ‘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.’
Mrs Dolezal remains in Northwest Montana, where Dolezal grew up. It is not clear why she has now shared the revelations but Dolezal has previously said that she no longer has any contact with her parents. In articles in the Easterner, she claimed they were violent towards her.
According to her mother, Ruthanne began to ‘disguise herself’ in 2006 or 2007.
Other than some ‘faint traces’ of Native American blood, Ruthanne said the family background is Czech, Swedish and German.
However, that’s not how her daughter identified herself when she became chairwoman of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission.
In her application for the volunteer appointment, Dolezal marked herself down as white, black and American Indian, reports the Spokesman-Review.
She has also previously claimed that her white father is her step-father. In January, a photo showing Dolezal and a black man on the Spokane NAACP’s Facebook erroneously identified the man as her father.
On Wednesday, a reporter from KXLY confronted Dolezal a photo of her with the African-American man while on camera.
‘Ma’am, I was wondering if your dad really is an African-American man,’ the KXLY reporter asked.
Rachel Dolezal, 37, has been a vocal member of the civil rights community in Idaho and Eastern Washington for years
She also teaches Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University
But her estranged mother has now revealed that her daughter is white and began to ‘disguise herself’ in 2006 or 2007
She is facing a city ethics investigation after identifying herself as black in an application to serve on a local police ombudsman commission
She said she was white, black and American Indian and secured the role – but her mother says the family is Czech, Swedish and German
KXLY asked her if she was African American and, looking stunned, she responded: ‘I don’t understand the question’
Hey America! Steph Curry, Blake Griffen, This white women. They’re black! If not full at least a halfsies! Now being all serious I’m almost sure Steph Curry and Blake Griffen have some black in them. I mean they can def play ball. This lady on the other hand, listening to her voice right away you could tell she’s white. Like if you played the audio clip with out watching the video, you know she’s white 100%. Like she sounds like she’s pale and has freckles. Frankly her dye jobs not that great either. Listen lady if you want to play black face you need to get a way different shade than that. Thats like a typical florida tan. I might be darker skin than that and I’m Chinese! Chinese! And thats the difference here. In Florida she wouldn’t pass for black for the life of her. But she lives in Seattle. Not sure i’ve seen any black people in Seattle minus the Seahawks. So the spray on tan might fool people there, but the attempt at natural black people hair was the icing on the cake for them.
Her combination was pretty spot on there too. Part white and black would yield way different results. Throwing in part native american well now you’re cooking. Who knows how long the ploy could’ve lasted. Really its her own fault though she got outted. When you start stepping on the toes of the white man, aka your parents, by saying that they aint your birth parents then that shits fucked up. Her parents obviously put up a lot with her growing up. Probably faking her race all through out her teens and then of course its never easy when you’re common white folks from god damn Montana and half to say this is your daughters wedding photo.
Being judged by the rest of the community aint easy but her folks did it. And how do you repay them? Oh those are just my step-parents. Brutal. Need to see her response and reaction to all of this. Maybe she’ll embrace her cream cheese whiteness, maybe’ she’ll just go full black face like Kirk Lazarus. Either way, need to see it.
P.s- Nailed it.