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    Default Rachel Dolezal, NAACP Leader, Questioned About Race as Parents Say She’s White

    WHHHAAATTTT????? The racist comments in response to the article make me insane.


    https://gma.yahoo.com/rachel-dolezal...opstories.html

    Rachel Dolezal, NAACP Leader, Questioned About Race as Parents Reportedly Say She’s White



    Authorities in Spokane, Washington, are investigating whether the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP misrepresented her race when applying for the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission.

    Rachel Dolezal, 37, serves as chairwoman of the commission, which provides independent civilian oversight of police misconduct complaints. She’s also an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University in the Africana Studies program.

    For years, Dolezal has identified herself publicly as African-American -- but the city is investigating whether Dolezal misidentified her race on a city form when applying for a spot on the commission. On the city form, Dolezal identified herself as white, black and American Indian, ABC affiliate KXLY reported.

    “We are committed to independent citizen oversight and take very seriously the concerns raised regarding the chair of the independent citizen police ombudsman commission,” Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart said in a statement issued Thursday. “We are gathering facts to determine if any city policies related to volunteer boards and commissions have been violated. That information will be reviewed by the City Council, which has oversight of city boards and commissions.”

    Spokane's NAACP chapter, mayor's office and city council did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

    Montana residents Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal told KXLY that they are Dolezal’s biological parents, and that they are both white. The two are listed as Rachel Dolezal's parents on her birth certificate, KXLY reported.

    KXLY reporter Jeff Humphrey asked Dolezal about her lineage in an on-camera interview Wednesday, showing a photo that had circulated on social media earlier this year showing Dolezal and an African-American man who had been identified as her father.

    “I was wondering if your dad really is an African-American man,” Humphrey said.

    “That’s a very. ... I don’t know what you’re implying,” Dolezal responded.

    “Are you African-American?” Humphrey asked.

    “I don’t understand the question of-- I did tell you that yes, that’s my dad. And he was unable to come [for a meeting] in January,” Dolezal said.

    Before answering any further questions Dolezal stormed away.

    ABC News' efforts to reach Dolezal this morning were unsuccessful.

    Dolezal has said she has an extensive background in civil rights efforts. According to her biography on Eastern Washington University’s website, Dolezal received her master’s degree from Howard University and previously worked at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

    "I think we all need more awareness. I want to enhance my own awareness of things," she said in a 2009 interview with the Coeur d’Alene Press. "I'm kind of on a mission to educate myself and being involved in educating others forces you to continue to educate yourself.”

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, is open to people of all races, and the organization’s chapters and branches feature people of various backgrounds in leadership positions.

    As news reports regarding the city’s investigation began to emerge Thursday, Dolezal stripped most of the images from her Facebook page.

    ABC News' Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.
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    She can define herself anyway she wants to....the "one drop" bs need to end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    She can define herself anyway she wants to....the "one drop" bs need to end.
    I think it's even more complicated than that, Bitter. Check out this story (I'm not going to copy and paste it because I know it will drop some really interesting photos):

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.2255743
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    It's great that the NAACP doesn't make race a requirement for leadership, but mental stability should be considered...
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    But she's not even one drop. Her parents (who she won't have anything to do with anymore) were interviewed and they are white as can be. Her parents are of Swedish/German/Czech descent. Had pictures of her when she was young before she started tanning and perming her hair. Claimed her adopted kid brother (African-American) as her son and some black guy as her dad.



    Fake dad:



    Real parents:



    Bitch got issues. She didn't have to fake her race to be involved with the NAACP.
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    Based on the article, she is a very troubled woman. To deliberately misrepresent yourself and lie to everyone about your ethnic background is crazy. I wonder what prompted her parents to finally expose her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConstanceSpry View Post
    Based on the article, she is a very troubled woman. To deliberately misrepresent yourself and lie to everyone about your ethnic background is crazy. I wonder what prompted her parents to finally expose her.
    As a parent, I think I would draw the line at bringing some random guy on TV and claiming he is me.

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    So her being a delusional weirdo is one thing, but I wanna know the story of how she got fake dad to go along with this?

    They could solve this shit in no time with that DNA testing where you send in a swab from the inside of your mouth. She probably would not take it well if the reality was that she didn't even have a drop. Which is probably the case. (surely that test could tell you this, right?)
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    I was also wondering what the catalyst for all of this was, so odd to be coming to light now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    As a parent, I think I would draw the line at bringing some random guy on TV and claiming he is me.
    The fake dad appeared in January and the real parents just now spilled the beans. "Revenge, a dish best served cold"?
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    There is comment from the NAACP, in the article that Mo posted, where they mention ongoing legal issues between Rachel and her parents.
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    She hasn't been speaking to her parents for about 7-8 years. Maybe they just found out what all she's been up to.
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    Maybe she felt inferior to her adopted African-American siblings growing up, as in, "Mommy and daddy pay all their attention to little Johnny and Bobby but not to me, so if I pretend to be African-American someone will pay attention to me too."
    There ya go. Armchair psychoanalysis at its finest.
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    This changes...everything. I assumed she did have African ancestry - I know and have have people in my family who are racially ambiguous looking like that...I assumed she was telling the truth.

    I'm still sick of the "one drop" rule. It's 2015 for feck's sake.
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    i find this story both absolutely fucking weird and also kind of hilarious.
    soooo many questions though. i mean, her husband is black and also went to howard and when she attended howard she still looked white and so was he ok with her basically impersonating a black woman?
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