Rachel Dolezal was born in Troy, Montana to white parents, Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal[ref]NBC 11 Atlanta[/ref]. Growing up with adopted African-American siblings, she identified deeply with Black American culture.
She attended historical black college (HBCU) Howard University on scholarship, receiving her Masters Degree. She has since identified herself as Black[ref]CNN[/ref].
Most recently, she served as head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington. That came under question when, as revealed in the photograph below, she was revealed to be white, not black.
Her mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, stated[ref]BBC News[/ref] that Rachel’s biological ethnicity is a combination of Czech, Swedish and German, with a touch of Native American heritage[ref]MSNBC[/ref]. They are not sure how she managed to change her appearance… but confirm that she is biologically white.
This revelation has, understandably, created a large amount of consternation on social media, including comparisons to Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner.
Since the truth has come out, the NAACP continues to stand behind Rachel[ref]TMZ[/ref].
NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record. In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational, and economic justice for all people, and we encourage Americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization[ref]Crooks and Liars[/ref].
However, not everybody is happy.
There have been death threats and questionable accounts[ref]New York Daily News[/ref] of KKK fliers distributed[ref]NBC 11 Atlanta[/ref]. Also, the city of Spokane, Washington is investigating[ref]KXLY Spokane[/ref] whether Rachel’s Trans-Racial Identify is an ethical violation.
A lot of people find this hilarious. The New York Daily News[ref]New York Daily News[/ref] pulled these items from the #RachelDolezal Twitter hashtag:
Then, there are the serious discussions:
What does Rachel Dolezal say?
Dolezal has said she has an extensive background in civil rights efforts. According to her biography on the website for Eastern Washington University, where she is an adjunct professor in the Africana Studies program, Dolezal received her master’s degree from Howard University and previously worked at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho[ref]ABC News[/ref].
What would Michael Jackson say?
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