Friday, June 12, 2015
Race of Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal comes under question: Falsely claims to be African American
The racial identity of Spokane, Washington NAACP president Rachel Dolezal is now being questioned. Dolezal claims to be African American, but her own parents have come forward to say she has been misleading the public about her race and is actually of Czech, Swedish and German, with a touch of Native American heritage.
"It's more important to me to clarify that to the black community, and with my executive board, than it really is for me to explain it to a community that I quite frankly don't think understands the definitions of race and ethnicity.
“I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation.
“That question is not as easy as it seems. There’s a lot of complexities, and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.
“We’re all from the African continent," Dolezal said when asked about the controversy.
"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.
“It’s very sad that Rachel has not just been herself.
"Her effectiveness in the causes of the African-American community would have been so much more viable, and she would have been more effective if she had just been honest with everybody," Dolezal's mother, Ruthanne, said.
Here is the full interview that may have exposed Dolezal's actual racial identy, after she claimed to have been the victim of multiple hate crimes. Dolezal walks away from the interview when asked about her racial ethnicity.