Rachel Dolezal began her tenure as the president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington on January 1, 2015 after being elected into office last November. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University, teaching African-American culture, and teaches art at North Idaho College. She is also the adviser to the North Idaho College Black Student Association. Recently, Dolezal applied and was accepted by the city of Spokane to be on the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission. The city confirms that she applied as an African-American. There’s only one problem.
According to Rachel Dolezal’s parents, Ms. Dolezal is not African-American.
In fact, if you look at pictures of Rachel as she was growing up, provided by her parents to KHQ News and the Spokesman-Review, it is clear that Rachel is definite not black. She is actually of Czech, Swedish, and German descent. They produced her birth certificate to prove they are her parents. They say that Rachel has been misrepresenting her ethnicity for years.
Rachel’s mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, who lives in Montana where Rachel grew up, spoke with the Spokesman-Review. She said, “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.”
Ruthanne shared that she has not spoken with her daughter in years, though she has heard about some of her activities. She added that Rachel began to “disguise herself” after Ruthanne and her husband, Rachel’s father Larry, adopted four black children.
In a joint statement, Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben Stuckart said, “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.”
Condon himself appointed Dolezal to the Ombudsman Commission, but some were concerned about her appointment given not only the fact that it happened without Dolezal being properly vetted, but also because of a series of questionable hate crime claims that Dolezal reported to the police in both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
In February and March, she reported receiving hate mail packages, but the police investigation discovered that the package did not bear a date stamp or bar code, which meant it did not go through the postal service and was likely placed directly in the mailbox. After interviewing postal workers from her office, it was determined that only someone with a key to the actual box could have placed the ‘hate mail’ in there.
According to Kurt Neumaier, who has been either an alternate member of full board member to the Ombudsman Commission since 2001, he has been suspicious of other reports of hate crimes by Dolezal. At one point, she reported a swastika drawn on the door of the Human Rights Commission where she was working. The camera that typically would have caught footage of that area was mysteriously turned off.
In speaking about the numerous incidences of hate crime reported by Dolezal, Neumaier said, “In all of these incidents (she reported in Coeur d’Alene), she was the sole witness to events that, when put under scrutiny, don’t hold up.”
In November 2013, Rachel Dolezal posted the message, “Going with the natural look as I start my 36th year.”
Comparing her growing up pictures to her pictures in 2013 or today, this doesn’t quite look like it’s natural.
Of course, in this day and age of people being able to use the restroom of whatever gender they feel they are and the notion of being transabled, an able bodied person who believes they were actually born to be disabled, is it wrong for Dolezal to change her appearance and claim to be black if that’s what she feels she is?
Wouldn’t that throw a loop in government forced affirmative-action!
Image Credit: KHQ and Spokesman Review