Racism is one of the ugliest things about human societies. But even uglier is telling lies to fight it, because once you start doing that, people of all races would be justified in questioning the credibility of anything you say or do.
Read this article to understand why:
NAACP leader of Washington state chapter Rachel Dolezal leaned on adoptive kid brothers to help her lie about being black
Living a lie was full-time work for Rachel Dolezal, the Montana-born white woman who in recent years moved through the world as a black civil rights activist.
Dolezal, 37, head of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter since January, leaned on her two adoptive kid brothers — both African-American — to abet her long-running racial ruse.
She posted a picture of a black couple on her Facebook page, announcing them as her parents — while her real mom and pop were actually white and living in Montana.
The African studies instructor eventually severed ties with her biological parents, telling a local television station they hadn’t spoken in years.
“What I say to them is, ‘I don’t give two sh—- about what you guys think,’” she said in a Thursday interview with KREM-TV. “You’re so far done and gone out of my life … I do not talk to (them) anymore.”
Sibling Ezra recalled how his sister asked him not to “blow my cover” before a 2012 visit, and then criticized her strange double-life as akin to wearing blackface.
“She’s basically creating more racism,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s a farce, really, is what it is.”
But Dolozel, in her TV interview, didn’t hesitate when asked asked if she identified herself as African-American despite her family tree.
“I don’t like the term African-American,” she said. “I prefer black. If it was asked, I would definitely say I do consider myself to be black.”
The racial controversy was coupled Friday with an announcement from Spokane police that they were suspending their probes into all racial harassment complaints filed by Dolezal.
A release of local police records showed cops felt Dolezal’s claim of discovering an envelope stuffed with racist material in the NAACP post office was sketchy at best.
The envelope was never canceled or time-stamped, and was placed in a box accessible only to postal workers.
“I do not have any reason to believe that any of these employees were involved,” wrote the investigating detective without pointing any fingers.
Dolezal had previously made two police complaints about nooses left at her home, and a third about a swastika taped to the door of the Human Rights Education Institute in Washington state.
Police found no suspects and made no arrests in any of the cases.
The explosion of insane interest came after Dolezal’s parents revealed the truth about their daughter’s race to anyone who would listen, blowing up the Twitterverse as the beleaguered Dolezal hunkered down and hid.
“Rough day,” she wrote Friday on Facebook. “Eaten alive on Twitter … harassed at home and work. Media coming by the house at all hours.”
She thanked her friends for their support, and recounted a “heart to heart” talk with members of the NAACP executive committee.
Dolezal said she “will be addressing the Spokane NAACP membership and all my friends soon.” The activist — whose Twitter handle is “@HarlmRenaissance” — otherwise avoided the spotlight.
Her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal, produced childhood photos of a blonde, blue-eyed, freckled Rachel — a stark contrast with the adult activist, who sports dark curly hair and light brown skin.
“She would put her hair in long extensions and do African hairstyles, and she liked to identify with the culture,” her mother Ruthanne Dolezal told the Daily News.
“But she was who she was.”
Despite her Montana roots and European ethnicity, Dolezal embraced black culture and married a black man in May 2000. She attended historically-black Howard University, and became an African studies instructor at a Washington state college.
Her brother Izaiah was a 10-month-old black child when her parents adopted the boy in June 1994, according to Ruthanne and her husband Larry.
He now lives with Rachel, who has publicly identified her adopted brother as her son.
The Caucasian couple adopted two other African-American kids and a fourth black child from Haiti. The couple also has a biological son.
The parents said their daughter’s actual ethnicity is a mix of German and Swedish on the mom’s side, Czech and German on the dad’s side.
Rachel Dolezal became estranged from her parents around 2007 as she began to adopt her African-American identity.
“That’s when we first starting noticing hostility towards us,” said Ruthanne. “It was terrible. It was a great grief to us. We had to trust that something down the road would change.
“But what has changed has been alarming and disturbing, because she has become more and more deceptive.”
Spokane officials said Dolezal was under investigation for listing herself as black, white and American Indian on an application for a spot on the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission.
“We are gathering facts to determine if any city policies related to volunteer boards and commissions have been violated,” said a statement from Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart.
She currently chairs the Spokane police oversight commission, and took over in January as head of the NAACP.
The national organization offered its support for the embattled West Coast executive.
“NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter,” said a statement Friday from the national NAACP.
“One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership.”
Dolezal, in addition to the racial deception, concocted wild stories about her youth that were denied by her biological mom and dad.
She recounted hunting their food with bow and arrow, beatings with a “baboon whip” and living inside a Montana tepee.
Look at these photos:
On the left is how Rachel Dolezal looks now and on the right is how she looked many years ago. Such changes do not occur naturally due to aging or maturing.
These are her parents and they are obviously white:
But Dolezal has claimed a different man, a BLACK one, as her father.
I would never say that a white person cannot fight racism alongside blacks, because I do and always will. But I would never claim to be black, or Jewish, or gay, or transgender, or anything other than what I really am to represent the interests of any minority. Any way you look at it, Dolezal has committed FRAUD and should be forced out of the NAACP immediately!
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