MSNBC- Controversy is swirling around one of the Spokane region’s most prominent civil rights activists, with family members saying the local leader of the NAACP has falsely portrayed herself as black for years.
Rachel Dolezal is president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, chair of the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, and an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University.
The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that questions have arisen about her background and her numerous complaints to police of harassment. The story was first reported by the Coeur d’Alene Press.
Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne, says the family’s ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, with a touch of Native American heritage.
Dolezal has identified herself in application materials as white, black and Native American.
Well, here it is folks. The day has come. How far is too far? Being transgendered is praiseworthy, but what is being trans-racial? Really, what''s the difference? That this woman did a better job of transitioning? That she didn't turn her life change into a national news story and grace the cover of 'Vanity Fair'? Sure, this woman got her job under false pretenses, but who hasn't lied on a resume? This lady just did a far better job of it than glorifying her Microsoft Excel skills. Sure, she lied about her ethnicity. However, if someone feels like they should have been born black they are basically black, isn't that the criteria we have decided upon? Caitlyn Jenner tucked her dick back and got a boob job and all the sudden everyone and their mother was calling her 'she'. Imagine she got turned away from a job because an employer still considered her a man. I legitimately think it would cause the next World War. Why is it different when a white woman applies as a black woman if that's what she fancies herself these days? We have created this culture of everyone needing to feel comfortable in their own skin. It just so happens that Rachel prefers hers a littttttle bit blacker. Who can blame her? The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice. Everyone looks better a few shades darker. I'm at least 1 point higher after I burn that first layer of skin off in the summer sun, and this broad got at least a 2 point bump with her race change.
I understand why black people would be a little upset about this, but it's actually quite the compliment. This woman wanted to be African American so badly that she lied about her entire life. I wanted to be black in high school and all I did was buy a bunch of track suits, fitted hats, and rap mixtapes. You want to get mad at someone get mad at my pasty ass. There becomes a point where it's less about how she got her job, and more about how good she is at it. That is why I think there is a statue of limitations on getting outraged about this. If a person can 'play' a race for a couple years, in a job that is predicated on her race, and not ever show signs of not being that race it might just be time to tip our cap and move on. I think I would last like 3 weeks as a black person until I got caught singing along to 'Journey' at karaoke night. The first time I went off the board with an order at Starbucks they would shred that black card before I could even pull the race card out. I would be busted the first time I let a dog lick my face or sat quietly through a movie. Some may think it's disingenuous that she claimed that the police harassed her because of her race, but who would know better than the person who has lived as both races? If you live like a member of the black community then what's wrong with identifying yourself that way? Don't tell me that we are distinguishing between race and sex differently now. That would be racist....or sexist....Hell, I don't even know, but it would be some kind of prejudice. That, my friends, is just unacceptable.
P.S. Just goes to show that if you have some skeletons in your closet you better do everything in your power to make sure that door stays locked shut. Can't just go around changing faces then pissing off the people that know about it. Her mom has got to a racist, right? Why else call out your own daughter and subject her to this amount of criticism?