When is a black leader not a black leader? Maybe when her parents say she is white.
After racially motivated threats were made against Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane, Wash. chapter of the NAACP, some shocking information came to light.
Dolezal’s parents, Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal, told KREM 2 News that the “black” leader is actually a white woman.
They told KREM 2 that their daughter always identified with black culture, as she had adopted black siblings, went to a predominantly black school in Mississippi, and married and divorced, a black man.
It was after that divorce that her parents say Rachel Dolezal started to change, both in attitude and appearance.
Dolezal started telling people she was the daughter of biracial parents, and began changing her physical appearance.
“Rachel has wanted to be somebody she’s not. She’s chosen not to just be herself but to represent herself as an African-American woman or a biracial person, and that’s simply not true,” her mother told KREM 2.
Dolezal didn’t deny being white when she spoke to KREM 2 after her outing, but said she hadn’t spoken to her parents for a while because of an ongoing legal issue,and added that she doesn’t consider her biological parents her parents anymore.
“There is a lawsuit that’s been going on for almost a year, once I supported my sister and allegations against her older brother,” she said.
As for the hate mail, Dolezal tried to blame right-wing hate groups, but authorities aren’t so sure, according to KREM 2.
Investigators noticed that the first hate letter sent to the post office box for the NAACP’s Spokane office was missing a barcode and date stamp, indicating whoever placed the letter in the box likely had a key to it.
This is also not the first time Dolezal has claimed to be a target of discrimination.
According to KREM 2:
Rachel Dolezal resigned from her position as the Director of Human Rights Education Institute in Kootenai County in July 2010.
She claimed she had been the target of discrimination. Dolezal told KREM 2 News that was why she had decided to leave.
Dolezal took the position in 2008.
Within her time at the Human Rights Education Institute, police investigated hate crimes targeting Dolezal twice. Nobody was ever found or arrested.
In June of 2010, she claimed a noose was found at her North Idaho home.
“A lot goes through my head in terms of being a mother and community member, just assessing and reassessing what kind of stand I’m taking and why, and reevaluating what that means in terms of counting the cost, ” Dolezal said in an interview at the time with KREM 2 News.
The Coeur d’Alene Police Department was investigating the incident.
“It is disappointing more than surprising to see again that human beings are capable of the worse and not the best,” Dolezal said on September 23. Dolezal claimed a noose was also found at her home in September 2009. She lived in Spokane at the time, so officers with the Spokane Police Department investigated the claim.
The week prior, Dolezal reported that someone had burglarized her home.
The Dolezal story gets even stranger, according to the Spokesman Review.
The Review said multiple sources have Dolezal on record as saying she was born in a teepee, but her mother said that is also untrue, even though they briefly did live in a teepee in 1974, three years before Dolezal was born.
“That is totally false,” her mother said.
Ruthanne Dolezal also said the black child Rachel is claiming as her son is, in fact, her adopted brother.
A reporter asked her whether her father was really a black man while pointing to a picture of Dolezal with a man she claimed to be her dad.
“That’s a very—I don’t know what you’re implying,” she said.
“Are you African-American?” the reporter asked bluntly.
“I don’t understand the question. I did tell you that that’s my dad,” Dolezal replied before walking away.
When contacted by the Spokesman Review on Thursday, Dolezal stealthily dodged the questions about her heritage and gave, perhaps, her best answer of all.
“That question is not as easy as it seems,” she told the Review. “There’s a lot of complexities… and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.”
“We’re all from the African continent,” she said.
Hey, why not?
In a day and age where you can choose your gender, why not choose your race and skin color too?
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) June 12, 2015
— Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) June 12, 2015
— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) June 12, 2015
If #RachelDolezal can do it, so can I. I am now a white American. Give me: good credit, the ability to swim, and police NOT beating me.
— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) June 12, 2015
— mi-mi. (@kcheersbye) June 12, 2015
— Rick G. Rosner (@dumbassgenius) June 12, 2015
— Megan Pixel (@theMeganPixel) June 12, 2015
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