She’s either got a really deep tan or is using heavy amounts of bronzer. It’ll be interesting to see how the NAACP reacts to having a white woman passing herself off as black all these years.
An NAACP leader’s parents on Thursday dropped a massive bomb: 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 in Spokane, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years, her parents say.
Her mother even offered photographic proof. While today Rachel currently sports tight, dark curls, her mom Ruthanne Dolezal showed KREM photos of the fair and freckled blonde daughter she once knew.
‘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.
According to her staff biography at Eastern Washington University, Dolezal received her master’s degree from Howard University, a 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,’ reads the bio.
She has taught multiple classes at the university, including one named ‘The Black Woman’s Struggle’.
While her parents back up the claim Dolezal attended Howard (she was awarded a Master’s of Fine Arts at the school), Dolezal used social media as an outlet for her frustrations about being a person of color in a very white corner of America.
Meanwhile, watch this fraud when she’s asked about being a fake black woman:
If this all isn’t embarrassing enough, here she is recently: