We’re starting to think this woman has a problem with the truth.
Rachel Dolezal’s misrepresentations may extend beyond her racial and ethnic background.
The civil rights advocate portrayed herself as the daughter of a black Oakland police officer when seeking appointment to Spokane’s police oversight commission last year. That blend of life experiences impressed at least two of those involved in the selection process.
“I thought that kind of background would be beneficial,” said Spokane City Councilman and Public Safety Committee Chairman Jon Snyder.
Former Spokane police Officer Cliff Walter agreed.
“I remember that very clearly,” said Walter, who was on the selection panel at Mayor David Condon’s request and thought someone who grew up in a law enforcement family and was active in civil rights issues would be good to have on the panel.
“She presented herself very well, although I detected a bit of an anti-police bias,” Walter said Monday. “I did, however, feel she would add opposing and necessary views to the discussion and strengthen the commission.”
Now, both men feel misled.
Dolezal, who resigned under fire Monday from her leadership role in Spokane’s NAACP chapter, apparently is white but has been portraying herself as a black woman for years as her stature as a Northwest civil rights activist grew. The man listed as Dolezal’s father on her birth certificate is white and has no law enforcement experience.
Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart have asked the city Ethics Commission to open an inquiry into whether Dolezal violated provisions requiring city officials, including members of volunteer boards, to be truthful.
“Over the past few days, serious questions have been raised about the truthfulness of responses provided by Ms. Rachel Dolezal on her application,” Condon and Stuckart wrote in their formal request for the ethics inquiry. The commission can impose penalties and recommend removal.
Meanwhile, this nutcase sued Howard University over discrimination back in 2002 when she was still a practicing white person. Oh, and did we mention ripping off someone else’s artwork and passing it off as her own? Wonder what we have to look forward to today was she makes the rounds with fake journalists from NBC.
Following a live interview with Matt Lauer Tuesday on “Today,” she will sit down for separate interviews with Savannah Guthrie for “NBC Nightly News,” Melissa Harris-Perry for MSNBC and NBCBLK, NBCNews.com’s African-American vertical.
Perfect. An interview with the clown who wore tampon earrings on air. You can’t make this stuff up. NBD is going all in promoting this lunatic:
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) June 16, 2015