In Black and White – Rachael Dolezal

12 Jun

Hmmm…This one is strange. Rachael Dolezal, currently head of the Spokane, Washington NAACP is being questioned about her racial authenticity…


Race of Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal comes under question

The racial identity of one of the most prominent faces in Spokane, Washington’s black community is under question after her parents produced a birth certificate that showed she is white.

Rachel Dolezal, 37, is the head of the local chapter of the NAACP and has identified herself as African-American. But her Montana birth certificate says she was born to two Caucasian parents, according to CNN affiliate KXLY, which also showed an old family photo in its report.

CNN tried to reach Dolezal for comment by emailing and calling her late Thursday night, but was unsuccessful. Likewise, CNN was also unable to reach Dolezal’s parents.

Identifies as African-American

Dolezal has represented herself as at least part African-American in an application for the police ombudsman commission.

And she has presented the public with a different family photograph posted to the local NAACP chapter’s Facebook page. When she announced her father was coming to town for a visit, she showed herself standing next to an older African-American man.

Dolezal’s public racial identity came under scrutiny on Thursday, when a reporter from KXLY held up that photo asked her a simple question.

This is how the conversation went:

“Is that your dad?”

“Yeah, that’s…that’s my dad.”

“This man right here’s your father? Right there?”

“You have a question about that?”

“Yes ma’am, I was wondering if your dad really is an African-American man.”

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

“Are you African-American?”

“I don’t understand the question of — I did tell you that, yes, that’s my dad. And he was unable to come in January.”

“Are your parents…are they white?”

Dolezal walked away from the microphone, leaving her purse and keys, and took refuge in a nearby clothing boutique.
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Now, Rachael’s actual race doesn’t make any difference to the NAACP. Some of the organizations founding members were white, as are some of the current members. The organization also does not discriminate by race on awarding scholarships.



Posted by on June 12, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life


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10 responses to “In Black and White – Rachael Dolezal

  1. Invisible Mikey

    June 12, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    I think it’s strange too, because the two sides are people currently fighting (supposedly) in a court case over abuse within the family. To me, that means the parents have a motive to lie, one that’s easier to understand than Rachel’s. Birth certificates are voluntary documents, not like a DNA/paternity test, and photos aren’t conclusive when biracial comes in all shades.

    Some intrepid reporter will get to the bottom of it I expect, hopefully not by a “gotcha” tactic like what happened already.


  2. Constructive Feedback

    June 13, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    The old man has come out of his cave.

    RACE is not relevant to the “NAACP”.
    Since its primary goal is to ADVANCE PROGRESSIVE FUNDAMENTALISM – the ONLY disqualifying attribute of this White lady would be If she told her Black friends: “The White Right-Wing Republican has little standing in 95% of the areas were Black Progressives vote to promote Progressives into power. MY GOAL IS TO STOP DECEIVING MY BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS using partisan political deception, so that Blacks can experience access to quality education and safe streets , like the Blacks who live in McLean Virginia have”.

    She would have been served her termination papers shortly after this.


    • btx3

      June 14, 2015 at 12:32 PM

      Flubberduckkie – before you could “deceive” anyone, you would first have to be lucid. I see you still haven’t landed that Lawn Jockey job on Hannity, despite the numerous creative contradictory nonsense terms you have invented. Don’t quit you day job!


  3. jazzlover

    June 13, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    It has been a long time! I am on this one as well..Something is wrong here! Welcome back old friend


    • btx3

      June 14, 2015 at 12:29 PM

      Been a bit busy. Working back in the US now, and perhaps will have a bit of time to post more. Thought this one was interesting, because it plays on a number of historical strands in terms of the permeability of race in the US, and whether race is evolving into self selecting groups, based on economics, upbringing, and education.


      • jazzlover

        June 15, 2015 at 12:44 AM

        I am back State side as well, involved in many community projects and loving it. My Blog was blocked for some reason, I have not been able to find out yet. Maybe a little too much truth!! Glade to see you back.


      • Constructive Feedback

        June 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM

        It plays on the fact that the NAACP is easily TRICKED into believing that any person that looks white and affirms their notions of Progressivism And Black Victimization can easily rise in their ranks.


      • btx3

        June 17, 2015 at 5:25 PM

        Are you trying out your own “paper bag” test thingie here, Flubber?


  4. roderick2012

    June 22, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    This chick is mentally ill.

    No sane white person wants to be black.


    • btx3

      June 25, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      Knew several who tried it back in the 60’s and 70’s to understand what it was like. They were very happy to return.



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