Rachel Dolezal, who happens to be an adjunct professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, was elected president of the Spokane NAACP last year. She is also is a white woman who has been "falsely presenting herself as black for years," according to The Seattle Times.
The civil rights leader's actual ethnic background is "Swedish, Czech and German" with some "faint traces" of Native American heritage. As you can see, there's no African American part of that description. Still, Rachel reportedly claimed that her father was black, even posting pictures on the NAACP Spokane Facebook page with her so-called African-American father.
As it turns out though, her birth certificate lists her biological parents as Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal – who told KXLY Thursday Rachel is their daughter and they are both white. Ruthanne went on to tell the Seattle Times her daughter began to "disguise herself" in 2006 or 2007, after her family adopted four African-American children.
"It's very sad that Rachel has not just been herself," Ruthanne said. "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." This is very true. It's not an anomaly to have someone who is not black teach African-American studies or work for the NAACP. The fact that Rachel deceived people about who she is is what has everyone up in arms.
In a KXLY video, a reporter can be seen asking Rachel if her dad is an African-American man. "I don't know what you're implying," she responded. When he asked her if she was African American, she said, "I don't understand the question." Then, she walked away from the interview.
When she was contacted by the Times, Rachel avoided directly answering the question again, saying, "I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation," adding, it's a "multi-layered" issue. "That question is not as easy as it seems," she said after being contacted at Eastern Washington University, "There's a lot of complexities ... and I don't know that everyone would understand that."