So, she identified so strongly with black culture that she began “passing” as black. Crime of the century! She was even so depraved as to work her butt off to earn a full scholarship to Howard, several advanced degrees and her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. I say we formally adopt her!
Welcome my black sister, you’ve earned your seat at the table.
Normally, I don’t focus on issues of race, it just isn’t something I see. This time however, I just had to weigh in. I must admit, I feel rather flattered that someone would go to such lengths to identify as a member, it is even more impressive that there doesn’t seem to be any dubious intent. Like I said, she has earned her place and standing through hard work, the direct opposite of fake.
The only troubling thing that I can see is that she lied about her origins, which might cause one to wonder about her motives were it not for her track record. Sure, being dishonest is wrong however, it ain’t like she was trying to embezzle money or rip people off. President Obama on the other hand, is black and has lied, very much hurting many people with his dishonesty. I would rather Ms. Dolezal have been president, hair extensions and all. Matter of fact, I think she would make an excellent political opponent against Hillary Clinton, a real fake and an absolute liar.
Ok, Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m kind of struck by how pretty she is too. I mean come on, how many black women do you see with gray eyes? She definitely knows how to dress and has a very artistic sense of style. Smart, pretty, principled except for the deception. What’s not to like?
I used to be in love with Melissa Harris Lacewell too, but she kind of got a little too far to the left. It was all good until she started talking about children belonging to the community instead of their parents, what a disappointment. I hope that any future revelations don’t turn up anything like that about Ms. Dolezal. Fingers crossed.
Another civil rights luminary whom reminds me of Mrs. Dolezal is Michelle Alexander. I first learned of her while watching a PBS Bill Moyers episode entitled “Locked Out of America”. Mrs. Alexander is an attorney and worked in that capacity for the ACLU, among other things. As per her Wikipedia page explains below Melissa’s video;
“Alexander is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where she received a Truman Scholarship. She served for several years as director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. Alexander directed the Civil Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School and was a law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U. S. Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. As an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action suits alleging race and gender discrimination.
Alexander has litigated numerous class action discrimination cases and worked on criminal justice reform issues. She is a recipient of a 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship of the Open Society Institute.”
That George Soros Fellowship is a little concerning but, are any of us perfect?
When I first heard the story about Ms. Dolezal I burst out laughing, then had a twinge of sadness. I kind of felt sad for her because she felt she had to lie to people. Who knows, to get the position she now holds may have required some “creative” resume padding. I would like to say that she would have been accepted just as easily were she to have been truthful however, would she have been? The slightly deceptive activity of “passing” has been around ever since “Master” began having babies with the slaves, kind of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” type of thing. I primarily felt sorry for her because I knew that this exposure would bring her a great deal of undeserved grief. The woman has done so much good, she doesn’t deserve the character attacks that have now viciously ensued. Is it anyone’s damn business whether she wants to call herself black? No. I can’t think of anything more personal or sacrosanct than a person’s right to determine their own identity. Really, I don’t see what the big deal is other than it would make an excellent book or movie.
The timing of her outing is something that concerns me though. Mainstream media is of course, owned by the establishment and therefore, is always on the lookout for distractions meant to conceal dubious events. It would appear to me that this story broke at a very convenient time to divert attention away from the USA Freedom Act which is of far more importance. That thing needs to be repealed. There is also a concerted effort to foment race wars as well, coupled with a war upon police. These things are destructive and are being used to bait the American people into some sort of civil unrest. Cover for dirty politicians and their traitorous policies.
Let’s enjoy this little diversion, keep it small (as it is of no consequence) and formally hold an adoption ceremony for Ms. Dolezal. Who’s with me?
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|Other names||Rachel Moore
|Alma mater||Belhaven University
Howard University (MFA, 2002)
|Occupation||Education director, Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho until 2010
Part-time art instructor, North Idaho College (2005-13)
Part-time instructor, Eastern Washington University (2007-present)
|Title||President, NAACP chapter of Spokane, Washington|
Board member of
|Commissioner for the Office of the Police Ombudsman, Spokane, WA|
|Spouse(s)||Kevin Moore (divorced)|
Rachel Dolezal (also spelled Doležal) is an American civil rights activist. She is the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter in Spokane, Washington. She is also the chair of the office of the police ombudsman commission in Spokane. From 2008 to 2010, she was a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
On June 11, 2015, Dolezal came to media attention after her white parents publicly stated that Dolezal is a white woman claiming to be black. This was in response to Dolezal reporting to local news outlets and the police that she was the victim of nine hate crimes, and The Coeur d’Alene Press asking her parents for comment.
Early life and education
Dolezal’s parents are Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal, who are white and primarily of Czech and German origin. She has an older brother, Joshua. When she was a teenager, her parents adopted four black babies. She was home-schooled and then went to Jackson, Mississippi for college, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Belhaven University in 2000 and her master of fine arts degree from Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C. in 2002. Dolezal’s Eastern Washington University profile states that she has begun pre-medical studies to “engage in life-saving surgery efforts around the world”. From 2002 to 2006, her parents and adoptive siblings lived in South Africa as Christian missionaries, but she has never been to South Africa.
She was elected president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP in 2014, replacing James Wilburn. She is the chair of the Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission in Spokane. Dolezal is a frequent contributor to The Inlander, a newspaper in Spokane.
She was the education director of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho until 2010 when she resigned after being passed over for promotion to the institute’s top job. From 2005 to 2013, she was an instructor at North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She has been a part-time instructor in the Africana Education program at Eastern Washington University since 2007. She teaches The Black Woman’s Struggle, African and African American Art History, African History, African American Culture, and Intro to Africana Studies.
In July 2010, Dolezal resigned from Human Rights Education Institute in Kootenai County, and stated to KREM 2 News that “she had been the target of discrimination.” Dolezal stated on September 29, 2009, to KXLY that she had become a target of racism after she recently woke up to find a noose on her front porch. Dolezal’s biography on Eastern Washington University’s website states that while living in Idaho “at least eight documented hate crimes targeted (Rachel) Dolezal and her children.” The subsequent police investigation did not bear it out.
In 2015, Dolezal’s parents stated that their daughter had been trying to “disguise herself” as African-American. They presented a “copy of [their] daughter’s Montana birth certificate.” They also said that although she is of German and Czech heritage, with “traces of Native American ancestry”, she began to identify herself more with the African-American community around 2007. In an article she wrote for The Inlander in March 2015, Dolezal repeatedly includes herself when discussing black women through use of the “we” and “our” pronouns.
On June 12, 2015, in an interview with KREM, Dolezal was asked by journalist Shawn Chitnis, “Would you identify yourself as an African American?” Dolezal responded, “I actually don’t like the term African American, I prefer black and I would say that, if, um, if, you know, I was asked, I would definitely say that yes I do consider myself to be black.” In an June 12 interview with Sky News, Dolezal stated: “I would definitely consider myself to be black.” Dolezal has listed herself as black on at least one application.
Publicity and controversy
Following her parents denial that she is of African-American ancestry and release of “family photos of her as a blue-eyed teenager with straight blond hair”, she was asked by KXLY-TV about a photo on the Facebook page of the Spokane NAACP chapter of “a black man identified as Dolezal’s father”. Dolezal walked out of the interview
Halford Fairchild, a professor of psychology and Africana studies at Pitzer College and the former president of the Association of Black Psychologists told The Guardian: “Rachel Dolezal is black because she identifies as black. Her identity was authentic, as far as I could tell.”
In 2010, with the consent of her parents, she obtained legal guardianship of her adoptive black brother, who was then 16 years old. She and Moore have one son, who is 13 years old as of June 2015.
- Daniel Rivero (June 12, 2015). “Rachel Dolezal’s art blog is something to behold”. Fusion. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
The name of the piece Dolezal presented (under her married name Rachel Moore) was ‘Hypocrisy: A Form of Godliness.’
- “Because the truth matters”, CDA Press, June 12, 2015.
- Justin Wm. Moyer, “‘Are you an African American?’ Why an NAACP official isn’t saying.” Washington Post, June 12, 2015.
- Brittany Paris (June 13, 2015). “EWU releases statement on Rachel Dolezal”. KXLY.
- Victor, Daniel (June 12, 2015). “NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Posed as Black, Parents Say”. New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Mosendz, Polly (June 12, 2015). “Family Accuses NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal of Falsely Portraying Herself as Black”. Newsweek. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Elgot, Jessica (June 12, 2015). “Civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal misrepresented herself as black, claim parents”. The Guardian. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Kevin Graman, “Human Rights Educator Rachel Dolezal Resigns”, The Spokesman-Review, July 28, 2010.
- Kinsey Clarke (June 12, 2015). “Making Sense Of Rachel Dolezal, The Alleged White Woman Who Passed As Black”. NPR. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
…Rachel Dolezal, a leader of the Human Rights Education Institute…
- Jeff Humphrey (June 11, 2015). “Did NAACP president lie about her race? City investigates”. KXLY.
- Jeff Selle and Maureen Dolan (June 11, 2015). “Black like me?”. Coeur d’Alene Press. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Rachelle Blidner, Jason Silverstein, and Larry Mcshane (June 12, 2015). “NAACP leader of Washington state chapter lied about being black, parents say”. New York Daily News. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
Rachel and her older brother, Joshua, are the only white children in the…
- Ben Brumfield and Greg Botelho (June 12, 2015). “Race of Rachel Dolezal, Spokane NAACP head, questioned – CNN.com”. CNN.
- Kate Royals (June 12, 2015). “Woman accused of lying about race has Miss. ties”. The Clarion-Ledger.
- Hillary Crosley Coker (June 12, 2015). “When Rachel Dolezal Attended Howard University, She Was Still White”. Jezebel. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- “The Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal”. Power Line.
- “EWU – Rachel Doležal, MFA”. ewu.edu.
- “How Did White Rachel Dolezal Convince Everyone She Was Black?”. The Daily Beast.
- The Associated Press (June 12, 2015). “Spokane NAACP leader: ‘I do consider myself to be black’”. The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Benge Nsenduluka (June 12, 2015). “‘Black’ NAACP Leader Facing Ethics Probe After Being Outed as White by Saddened Missionary Parents”. Christian Post. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Culver, Nina (23 November 2014). “Spokane NAACP elects new president”. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Shawntelle Moncy (February 5, 2015). “The Easterner: A Life to be Heard”. The Easterner.
- “Rachel Dolezal, MFA”. Eastern Washington University. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Shawn Chitnis,Taylor Viydo and Lindsay Nadrich (June 12, 2015). “EWU comments on teacher & NAACP leader outed as ‘white'”. KREM. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- “Art”, Spokesman-Review, April 7, 2007.
- Bill Meyer, “Aryan Nations gone, but stain remains in Idaho”, The Plain Dealer, August 2, 2009.
- KREM, Spokane, WA (11 June 2015). “‘Black’ NAACP leader outed as white woman”. 11Alive.
- “Human Rights Advocate Finds Noose On Porch”. KXLY. June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
A local human rights advocate says she’s become a target of racism after she recently woke up to find a noose on her front porch.
- Jeff Humphrey and Melissa Luck (June 10, 2015). “Questions raised about NAACP hate mail report”. KXLY. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- “‘Black’ NAACP leader outed as white woman”. 11Alive. June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Daniel Greenfield (June 12, 2015). “NAACP Leader Exposed as White After Faking Hate Crime”. FrontPage Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- “Dolezal disappointed hate crime reports didn’t lead to arrests”. KXLY. June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Kate Royals (June 12, 2015). “Woman accused of lying about race has Miss. ties”. The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
Rachel has reportedly made several reports of harassment and other crimes to police in Idaho and Washington, including that she received a hate mail package at her NAACP post office box and a swastika was placed on the door of the Human Rights Education Institute, where she previously worked, the newspaper reported. Rachel’s biography on Eastern Washington University’s website states that while living in Idaho “at least eight documented hate crimes targeted (Rachel) Dolezal and her children.” Dolezal’s mother said she was originally contacted by the media in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where Rachel lived for seven years. “Law enforcement is conducting an investigation of claims Rachel has made about hate crime threats and in that process of the investigation, the question of ‘What is your true ethnicity?’ came up, and we were contacted and agreed to speak to the press,” Ruthanne said. “It is a sad situation, but the truth is best for everyone.”
- “EWU comments on teacher and NAACP leader outted as ‘white'”. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- “Credibility of local NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal questioned”. Spokesman.com. June 11, 2015.
- Gary Younge, “Rachel Dolezal’s deception: her ‘black’ identity doesn’t make sense – or make her black”, The Guardian, June 12, 2015.
- Dolezal, Rachel (March 11, 2015). “A Woman’s Worth”. The Inlander. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
Black women stand at the intersection of both oppressions, and when our lives are measured, the weight of our legacy will attest that we are of equal value to black men, white men, white women and every other person on the planet.
- Charles C. W. Cooke (June 12, 2015). “A Woman Who Insists She’s African American but Isn’t”. National Review. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Allahpundit (June 12, 2015). “Reporter to Rachel Dolezal: Is this African-American man really your father?”. Hot Air. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- “Family says Spokane NAACP head falsely portrays herself as black”. Chicago Tribune. June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
Civil rights leader Rachel Dolezal responds to claims she has misrepresented herself as African-American: “Yes, I do consider myself to be black.”
- “Rachel Dolezal says she doesn’t acknowledge her biological parents”. KREM. June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Carly Sitzer (June 12, 2015). “Parents of NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Say She’s Lying About Her Ethnicity”. In Touch Weekly. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
She went on to say, “I actually don’t like the term African-American, I prefer black. And I would say that if I was asked, I would definitely say yes, I do consider myself to be black.” Rachel — who has allegedly reported nine hate crimes in less than 10 years…
- “Rachel Dolezal ‘Disguised Herself’ As Black”. Sky News. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- Rory Carroll. “Rachel Dolezal strikes defiant tone over ethnicity: ‘I consider myself to be black'”. the Guardian.
- PÉREZ-PEÑA, RICHARD (June 12, 2015). “Black or White? Woman’s Story Stirs Up a Furor”. New York Times. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
- Moyer, Justin Wm. (June 12, 2015). “‘Are you an African American?’ Why an NAACP official isn’t saying.”. Washington Post. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
- Capehart, Jonathan (June 12, 2015). “The damage Rachel Dolezal has done”. Washington Post. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
“Blackface remains highly racist, no matter how down with the cause a white person is.”
- Amanda Holpuch. “Rachel Dolezal identifying as African American is highly unusual, experts say”. the Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- “Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal’s claims about background disputed”, The Spokesman-Review, June 12, 2015.
- Claudia Koerner, Jim Dalrymple II. “A Civil Rights Leader Has Disguised Herself As Black For Years, Her Parents Say”. BuzzFeed.
- “Professor Rachel Doležal”. ewu.edu.
- “EWU comments on teacher & NAACP leader outed as ‘white'”. KREM. June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
According to EWU, Dolezal’s experiences include working with African dance, culinary arts, ethnic hair styling, modeling, managing a political campaign, and has 14 years of experience as an exhibiting artist.
- Profile of Rachel Doležal at Eastern Washington University
- Human Rights Education Institute, where Rachel Dolezal is described as “curator and director of education”