I American’t right now.
Spokane, Wash.– President of Spokane NAACP chapter, Rachel Dolezal, lived a life of a Black women for the past two decades until exposed by biological parents as white.
Dolezal, 37, identifies herself as a Black women until recent investigations in hate crime cases brought forth to Spokane police the questioned legitimacy of her race.
Born in Montana, Dolezal is the daughter of Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal. She kept them secret for 20 years and acknowledge a Black man, Albert Wilkinson, as her real father.
Hate mail Rachel received back in February and March failed to trace where the packages came from since none bore a postmark or barcode. Postal workers said without those markings it was impossible the mail came through the post office, leaving the only other probable option of being placed directly in her mailbox. Many of her reported eight hate crimes cased closed due to insufficient evidence.
Dolezal became visibly flustered and walked away from the reporter after being asked if her biological parents are white in a video interview with a reporter from KLXY4.
“It’s very sad that Rachel has not just been herself….she would have been more effective if she had just been honest with everybody,” said Ruthanne Dolezal.
Her mother says their ancestry are Czech, Swedish and German. In the past Racheal marked her race as Black, white and Native American on applications.
Her own father believes she mislead Howard University to believe she was black and her assimilation into the black culture started at the historically black college.
Two of her four adopted siblings, Ezra and Zach Dolezal, said her identity is essentially “creating more racism” comparing it to early 20th century black face and described it as a “farce”.
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Yo, here’s the irony when I first heard about this: I was watching the episode of“Will & Grace” and it’swhere Jack thinks he’s black.
Let's just all thank #RachelDolezal. Identity, pathological, & parental issues aside, she's doing more than most of us do for ourselves.
— Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) June 12, 2015
Listen, posing as a Black person will not get you clout in the Black community. Did J. Cole’s “be you-tiful” mean nothing to you people?
Ms. Dolezal revamped the Spokane NAACP chapter as president. She serves as chair for the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission and was former education director of Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur, d’Alene. She is a mover and shaker in the black community and human rights domestically and abroad.
I’ll start with why I am not #TeamRachel.
No one is trying to take away her successes and accomplishments. She is a pioneer for African American and civil rights. I don’t agree with her losing any positions she currently holds. However, I do believe she owes the same community she serves some type of explanation. When you reconstruct your identify to that of a Black woman and later say you were discriminated against because of your race… you know what never mind. I’m not even about to go there!
I will not entertain the belief Rachel suffers from “born in the wrong body” identity crisis and I will leave this concept of “transracial” in 2015. Racial identity and sexual identity do not correlate. Stop making shit up. That is apples and oranges to me (I do, however, understand the concept). All of a sudden it’s cool to be black now? Ok America, ok. That hashtag #wrongrace is dumb, point blank. What does it mean to be black? How does black look? How does it smell? Do we know as people that biological differences and cultural differences are different?
This isn’t about being insensitive towards someone who felt trapped in the wrong body. This is a case of blatant deceit. A woman travelled the country speaking of her life as a Black woman because at some point she was bored with being white. This is a woman who has profited off her false black life.
Rachel stated her parents abused her as a child along with her siblings based on their skin tones. This woman pulled on the heartstrings of those who also suffered physical/emotional abuse at the hands of their parents with her stories of how a baboon whip—similar to what was used on slaves—leaves scars on the body. She revealed memories of how her family hunted for food with bows and arrows and lived in teepees.
How many people applied to be president of the Spokane NAACP chapter but were looked over? (Rachel has since resigned from her position) You don’t need to be black to fight the cause. You don’t need to be black to teach an African course, but it absolutely would help your credibility. Think about all her students who knew her as Professor Dolezal. You don’t take away her accountability, you make her accountable for her actions.
But in America you can be whoever you want to be and Rachel Dolezal is the new transracial hero. You and I will deal.
“She believes that the creative process is part of what makes us human and unifies our self-identity with the world around us.” I find this so uncannily perfect.
(This comes from her biography on East Washington University)
*This post was originally posted 06/15/2015 and later restored, reedited and republished. Read about that here. It may or may not contain original photos used.