A prominent NAACP leader, and Africana Studies professor who has portrayed herself as a black woman has been outed as white by her own parents. 37-year-old Rachel Dolezal is the president of the Spokeane NAACP chapter, and teaches at Eastern Washington University. According to new reports, she has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years.
Dolezal is now facing an ethics probe after apparently identifying herself as part African American and part Native American on various applications. It is believed that she has been portraying herself as an African American woman since 2006 or 2007.
In her application for a position with Spokeane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, Dolezal listed herself as black, American Indian, and white. In the past she has claimed to have a black father.
Now Dolezal’s own parents have come forward with pictures of their daughter from childhood and high school—blonde and freckled—to reveal her Caucasian heritage. They have also provided a copy of her birth certificate.
Her mother Ruthanne Dolezal told KREM:
“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.”
The Dolezals say they would support her civil rights activism if she went about it in a less deceptive way, more upfront way.
According to the Dolezals, they have been out of contact their daughter for some time. Rachel has said it’s because of on-going legal issues.
The NAACP has stated that they will continue to stand behind Dolezal, no matter her race.
Earlier this year, Dolezal and the NAACP filed a police report regarding hate male in the PO box for the Spokeane chapter. According to the report, Dolezal claims to have found an envelope containing lynching photographs and other references to hate crimes. However investigators found that there was no evidence of a date stamp or barcode, meaning it was never processed by the post office.