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Parents Say NAACP Leader Lied About Being Black

Submitted by on June 12, 2015 – 11:43 amNo Comment

Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, is coming under scrutiny this week after her biological parents publicly came forward to state she has falsely been representing herself as black for years.

Dolezal evaded directed answers after being contacted by the media at Eastern Washington University, where she is a part-time professor of Africana studies, saying “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.”

Dolezal also added, ”We’re all from the African continent,” apparently referring to the origins of human life.

Ruthanne Dolezal, speaking to the media from her home in Northwest Montana, provided Rachel’s birth certificate and childhood photos to prove that she and Larry Dolezal are Rachel’s birth parents. Ruthanne says their ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, with”faint traces” of Native American heritage.

The photos of young Rachel show a fair-skinned girl with straight blonde hair, in stark contrast to the darker-complexioned woman who now wears her brunette hair permed or in braids.

Some questions over Rachel’s heritage seem to have existed in the Pacific Northwest’s civil rights circles for years. Also, questions were raised about several hate crimes she reported to police. While some had witnesses and some evidence, none supported the filing of charges, and several complaints led to the possibility that Dolezal had committed the act herself.

However, the immediate cause of this week’s revelations could be a post on the Spokane NAACP’s Facebook page where Dolezal identified a black man as her father in a photo.

Ruthanne Dolezal said she and her husband have not spoken to Rachel in years. Rachel made allegations of abuse against her parents, and gained custody of one of her adopted brothers, who is black, and whom she now identifies as her son. Two other adopted children, who also have black heritage, have spoken out against Rachel.

Dolezal’s family say her fascination with black culture began when her brothers were adopted. She studied at Howard University, where the say she encouraged them not to “out” her.

Dolezal also holds a volunteer leadership post on an police advisory group. Spokane city hall is investigating her application, on which she identified her ethnicity as white, black, and Native American.

[via The Spokesman-Review]

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