Whoa, this is pretty crazy. Rachel Dolezal, an NAACP leader in Washington, is at the center of controversy after her family members claimed she is not actually African-American. And when Rachel was asked about it herself, she totally froze up.
Rachel Dolezal, an NAACP leader who has built a career around her racial identity, is under fire for allegedly falsely claiming she’s African-American. The 37-year-old’s family members have come forward and revealed she was actually born to two Caucasian parents, which is confirmed on her Montana birth certificate.
In the past, Rachel has identified as part African-American, and has even shared a photo of herself with an older African-American man who she claimed was her father. But when KXLY brought this into question during an interview with Rachel, she completely froze up.
During the interview, a reporter shows Rachel the photo in question, and asks her point-blank if the man is her father. “Yeah that’s…that’s my dad,” she replies, hesitantly, and when he pushed, adds, defensively, “You have a question about that?” After faltering through a few more questions, Rachel eventually walks out of the camera frame when asked, “Are your parents white?” Whoa.
Her alleged fake racial identity has caused a pretty big uproar, and has been addressed by Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart. “We take very seriously the concerns raised regarding the chair of the independent citizen police ombudsman commission,” they said in a statement.
Rachel Dolezal & Family Speak Out About Accusations
Once this news starting going viral, Rachel still kept pretty quiet. “I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation,” she explained, refusing to discuss things further. “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.”
Meanwhile, Rachel’s mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, is backing up the claims that her daughter is not actually African-American, and revealed that she and her husband adopted four African-American children in 2006, which is what caused Rachel to begin ‘disguising’ herself.
“It’s very sad that Rachel has just not 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.”
Wow. HollywoodLifers, do you think Rachel should be criticized for lying about her race? Do you think it discredits the work she’s done for the NAACP?
— Alyssa Norwin