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Unapologetic Rachel Dolezal appears on the Today show for her first live interview and claims she started identifying as black aged FIVE {VIDEO} {F}

Race-faker Rachel Dolezal steps down as NAACP chapter president - but she remains defiant and REFUSES to apologize for lying about her past

Rachel Dolezal appears on the Today show for her first live interview as she dismisses

  • Dolezal, 37, stepped down as leader from NAACP's Spokane chapter on Monday, four days after her estranged parents outed her as white 
  • On Tuesday, she appeared on the Today show for her first live interview since the scandal; she will also speak with NBC Nightly News and MSNBC
  • She said that she has 'a huge issue with blackface' and that she presents herself as black 'on a very real, connected level'
  • When she was five, she would draw pictures of herself using brown crayons - but conceded that she did not identify as black as a teenager
  • Of her changed appearance, she said: 'I don't stay out of the sun' 
  • It emerged last week that she started pretending to be black in 2007 and even claimed that she was black on a job application form

Rachel Dolezal today slammed suggestions that she is taking part in 'some mockery blackface performance' as she appeared in her first live TV interview since she was outed as white.

The beleaguered civil rights activist appeared on the Today show just a day after she resigned as president of the NAACP's Spokane chapter amid the controversy over her racial identity.

In the unapologetic interview, Dolezal said she would do nothing differently if her younger self knew what she knows now, claiming that her life has been about making choices for her 'survival'.

When asked by Today host Matt Lauer if presenting herself as a black woman for years was akin to wearing blackface, she insisted that was not the case.

'I have a huge issue with blackface,' she said. 'This is not some freak "Birth of a Nation" mockery blackface performance. This is on a very real, connected level. I've had to go there with the experience, not just a visible representation.' 

Speaking out: Rachel Dolezal, the former leader of NAACP's Spokane branch who was outed as white last week, appeared on the Today show on Tuesday and said that she first started identifying as black at age 5

Speaking out: Rachel Dolezal, the former leader of NAACP's Spokane branch who was outed as white last week, appeared on the Today show on Tuesday and said that she first started identifying as black at age 5

She added that she first started seeing herself as black when she was just five. 

'I was drawing self portraits with the brown crayon rather than the peach crayon, and black curly hair,' she said. 'That was how I was portraying myself.'

But when Lauer held up a photo of Dolezal as a teen - with blonde hair and a fair complexion - she conceded that she looked like a white person and that she was not identifying as black at the time.

Her estranged parents, who outed her as white last week, have previously said that she began 'disguising' herself as black around 2007.

But in the interview, she would not answer questions about how she has changed her appearance to seem black. Her hair is worn in tight brown curls - a far cry from the blonde locks of her youth.

'I certainly don't stay out of the sun,' she offered.

Dolezal added that her black identity was solidified more recently when she took in her adopted brother, Izaiah, and started bringing him up as her son. Izaiah, a high school student, is black.

'He said, "you're my real mom" and for that to be something that is plausible I certainly can't be seen as white and be Izaiah's mum,' she posited.

Her sons were both with her in New York City for the interview. As well as Izaiah, she has a biological African-American son, Franklin, with her ex-husband.

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Rachel Dolezal on the Today show on Tuesday morning
Rachel Dolezal in her teenage years

Now and then: Dolezal's parents released photos last week of their daughter when she was young, right. On the Today show she said she was not identifying as black at the time the teenage photos were taken

Unapologetic: Today show host Matt Lauer quizzed the beleaguered civil rights leader on if she had changed her appearance to appear black and she conceded: 'I don't stay out of the sun'

All smiles: Dolezal can be seen grinning on the Today show set ahead of a busy day of interviews

'I actually was talking to one of my sons yesterday and he said, "mom, racially you're human and culturally you're black",' she said. 'I do know that they support the way I identify.'

She also answered other questions about her family, namely the claim that an African-American man is her father. On Facebook, she has identified Albert Wilkerson - a black man - as her dad, despite the fact that her biological father, Larry Dolezal, is white.

As a child, I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon rather than the peach crayon. That was how I was portraying myself

She told Lauer that she first met Wilkerson at an event in North Idaho and 'we just connected on a very intimate level as family'.

'Albert Wilkerson is my dad,' she said. 'Every man can be a father; not every man can be a dad.'

When asked if she would do anything differently knowing the uproar that her situation has caused, she said that she might have approached a few interviews differently. She admitted that she had failed to correct articles that identified her as 'bi-racial' or 'black' in the past.

'But overall my life has been one of survival and the decisions that I have made along the way have been to survive,' she claimed.

And she added that she took 'exception' to the accusation that she had deceived people about her face, saying: 'It's a little more complex than me identifying as black or answering a question of, are you black or white?' 

Support: Her two sons, Franklin (left) and Izaiah (right), appeared on the Today show with her. She claimed that when she took Izaiah in as her own son, she could no longer plausibly be a black woman

Support: Her two sons, Franklin (left) and Izaiah (right), appeared on the Today show with her. She claimed that when she took Izaiah in as her own son, she could no longer plausibly be a black woman

'Family': She has previously identified this man, Albert Wilkerson, right, as her father even though her real father is white. In the interview, she said that she sees Wilkerson as her dad

'Family': She has previously identified this man, Albert Wilkerson, right, as her father even though her real father is white. In the interview, she said that she sees Wilkerson as her dad

She said that her story - and the 'viciously inhumane way' it came out - will hopefully start a conversation about 'what it is to be human'.

'I hope that that can drive at the core of definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self determination, personal agency and, ultimately, empowerment,' she said.

Overall my life has been one of survival and the decisions that I have made along the way have been to survive

Dolezal is also expected to sit down for interviews with Savannah Guthrie for NBC Nightly News, Melissa Harris-Perry for MSNBC, and NBCBLK, NBCNews.com's African-American vertical.

She broke her silence just a day after she posted an unapologetic resignation letter to Spokane's NAACP Facebook page.

'It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President,' she wrote.

'It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.'  

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The truth about the white girl who posed as black to campaign against racism… and how her story brutally lays bare the hypocrisy of liberal America {VIDEO}

Rachel Dolezal lied in interview claiming her father was black and fled Deep South after

  • Rachel Dolezal has stepped down as the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP
  • It was revealed on Thursday that Dolezal was a white woman who for the past eight years had been misrepresenting herself as black 
  • It is not known if she will also step down from her role on the Spokane police oversight committee  

Rachel Dolezal has stepped down as the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.

Dolezal, 37, has been engulfed in scandal since it was revealed last week that she has been pretending to be a black woman for the past eight years. 

Despite this announcement, the NAACP has stood behind Dolezal in the wake of this scandal.

Rachel Dolezal lied in interview claiming her father was black and fled Deep South after

Dear Executive Committee and NAACP Members,

It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation. Many issues face us now that drive at the theme of urgency. Police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement, health inequities, and a lack of pro-justice political representation are among the concerns at the forefront of the current administration of the Spokane NAACP. And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.

I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions – absent the full story. I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion. Additionally, I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm.

While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness, we can NOT afford to lose sight of the five Game Changers (Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Health & Healthcare, Education, Economic Sustainability, and Voting Rights & Political Representation) that affect millions, often with a life or death outcome. The movement is larger than a moment in time or a single person’s story, and I hope that everyone offers their robust support of the Journey for Justice campaign that the NAACP launches today!

I am delighted that so many organizations and individuals have supported and collaborated with the Spokane NAACP under my leadership to grow this branch into one of the healthiest in the nation in 5 short months. In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP.

It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley. It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.

Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It’s about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum. It’s about moving the cause of human rights and the Black Liberation Movement along the continuum from Resistance to Chattel Slavery to Abolition to Defiance of Jim Crow to the building of Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement to the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment.

With much love and a commitment to always fight for what is right and good in this world,

Rachel Dolezal

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A white woman passing for black for years 'broke the internet' and the ethnicity quiz questions are hilarious!!

Rachel Dolezal's story lays bare the hypocrisy of liberal America

Everyone sometimes feels the urge to reinvent themselves — to start again afresh in a new place, free from the assumptions others have made about them.

Even so, after Rachel Dolezal moved from their family home in Montana to the city of Spokane in Washington State, her adopted brother was stunned to learn just how thoroughly she had transformed herself.

The blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughter of missionaries was passing herself off as black, and had even befriended an African-American man she was pretending was her father. She begged her brother Ezra not to rock the boat by revealing the truth about her past.

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Rachel Dolezal the blue-eyed blonde
African-American activist who hoodwinked the NAACP

Rachel Dolezal the blue-eyed blonde and after, the African-American activist who hoodwinked the NAACP

Rachel Dolezal doesn't 'give two s***s' what anyone thinks

Rachel told Ezra that, as one of four African-American infants her parents had adopted, he was welcome to visit her, not least because he obviously fitted in with her new persona. Much to his dismay, she wanted him to go along with the lie that he was her brother by blood.

‘She told me not to blow her cover,’ Ezra said yesterday. ‘She told me not to tell anybody about Montana or her family over there. She said she was starting a new life.’

Ezra was both baffled and angered by her imposture, which he considered tantamount to ‘blackface’, the deeply controversial tradition of white entertainers blacking up their faces. And it was, to be brutally frank, little different: she started to darken her skin colour, frizz up her straight hair into dark curls, and affect an African-American accent.

Ezra’s anger turned to fury when he and his family discovered that, not content simply pretending to be black, 37-year-old Miss Dolezal had even invented a whole history of suffering at the hands of white oppression, to help her climb the ladder in the civil rights world.

Rachel s the president of the NAACP in Spokane 

Rachel s the president of the NAACP in Spokane 

She told those she encountered in her new incarnation how her white mother and white step-father (in truth, her real father) had punished their mixed-race children with a kind of whip that had once been used on slaves.

Miss Dolezal also complained to the police of being the victim of hate crimes by white racists, who she said had even left a noose in her garage.

All this posturing appeared to do the trick, helping to establish Miss Dolezal as a leading light of the black rights movement in America’s Pacific Northwest. She is the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Spokane, Washington state’s second- biggest city. She also runs the city’s police oversight committee and is an African Studies professor at the local university, where she gives impassioned classes on The Black Woman’s Struggle.

Now, however, after her horribly misrepresented parents decided it was time to reveal the truth about their daughter, her astonishing, decade-long deception has come spectacularly tumbling down. When a TV news crew finally confronted her, and asked if she was African-American, she eventually stammered that she ‘didn’t understand the question’ and ran off to hide in a dress shop.

Officials are now investigating whether she should be prosecuted for lying about her racial background in her application for the police ombudsman’s job. She might yet also face trouble from police, who have dropped investigations into all nine of the alleged race hate crimes she suffered amid allegations she invented them.

This outlandish case could have been dismissed as an example of someone merely seeking to get a leg up in their career by posing as someone they are not. But this is America, with its bitter legacy of slavery and segregation.

Now, the country’s tortured race debate has been reignited once again as commentators from all sides battle over what the Dolezal case actually means. Some have shown sympathy for her, others have been outraged — but few are daring to laugh at this bizarre scandal.

Black or mixed-race Americans have for centuries been passing themselves off as white in order to better their lives, but you can probably count on one hand the number of people who have tried to go in the opposite direction. So what are we to think of a talented young white woman who has spent the past decade pretending to be black?

Rachel Dolezal's parents speak out about her ethnicity 'lies'
At loggerheads: The 37-year-old's parents Ruthanne and Larry dispute Rachel's claims that she is black 

At loggerheads: The 37-year-old's parents Ruthanne and Larry dispute Rachel's claims that she is black 

Miss Dolezal is bound to fuel the growing furore when she addresses the media tonight at a meeting of her NAACP group. Deeply embarrassed to have been hoodwinked so easily, the national organisation has nevertheless supported her, praising her record and insisting that one’s racial identity is irrelevant in leading the group.

However, most people don’t believe for a second that she would have risen so far in the civil rights industry if she had been recognised as a white middle-class woman from a conservative family.

Unlike in many areas of life in America, being black is an obvious advantage in the civil rights industry where — to quote one commentator — it is seen as more ‘authentic’.

What’s peculiar about Rachel Dolezal, however, is that she is still insisting, even after her public exposure, that she really is black.

Whether this is a case of serious delusion or a brazen attempt to bluff it out is hard to tell. Although her parents, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal, say they each have a grandparent who had some Native American blood, neither has any black lineage.

Miss Dolezal claims her parents timed their revelations to discredit her in an upcoming trial concerning sex abuse allegations relating to her brother, Joshua, 39, in which he will appear as a witness. They say they only spoke out after being approached by the media.

Their family background is a mix of German, Czech and Swedish. Nevertheless, Rachel was ‘always interested in ethnicity and diversity’ growing up, says her mother. That accelerated when her parents adopted four black infants in the Nineties.

Ironically, it appears that racism from black people may have spurred her to want to become one of them.

Members of her family believe that the turning point came when she won a scholarship to take a master’s degree in fine art at the largely black Howard University in Washington DC. They recall how she had submitted a portfolio of portraits of African-Americans, and people at the university — especially staff — were resentful when they discovered she wasn’t black as they had assumed.

Moment NAACP leader is confronted about her white parents
Miss Dolezal also complained to the police of being the victim of hate crimes by white racists, who she said had even left a noose in her garage

Miss Dolezal also complained to the police of being the victim of hate crimes by white racists, who she said had even left a noose in her garage

Her brother Ezra says Miss Dolezal — still with a pale complexion and straight blonde hair — complained to her family of suffering racism.

She developed a ‘dislike for being white, and for white people’ that boiled down to ‘self-hatred’, he believes.

After university, she had a short-lived marriage to an African-American man which produced a son but ended, she claims, because her husband became violent to her and to the child.

In around 2006 or 2007, she started to ‘disguise’ herself as black, says her mother. It started with her hair — she had enjoyed arranging the hair of her adopted black sister, Esther — and Miss Dolezal was soon braiding her own in the same ethnic style, often covering it in an African headwrap.

By 2011, say family members, she was applying make-up to her face to appear ‘darker and darker’. A new look needed a new back story, and hers was elaborate — born in a tepee and brought up in South Africa, she said she had had to hunt with a bow and arrows for food.

None of it, say her family, is remotely true — she hasn’t even set foot in Africa.

It’s easy to scoff now at the many times this firebrand has eloquently spoken out about the difficulties of living as a black woman in a largely white part of the States. Even going to the cinema to watch 12 Years A Slave was an ordeal, she said, as she felt the eyes of her white neighbours turn to watch her reaction.

In 2010, she told the New York Times that she could ‘not imagine showing her face’ at an event held by the Tea Party, the ultra-conservative faction in the Republican Party, because of the preponderance of white faces. ‘It would make me nervous to be there unless I went with a big group,’ she said. Only last December, she wrote a column about the ‘asphyxiation we are experiencing as black people in America’.

Certainly, it would have been pretty much impossible to take some of her radical stances if she had been white.

By 2011, say family members, she was applying make-up to her face to appear ‘darker and darker’. She is pictured above in March this year

By 2011, say family members, she was applying make-up to her face to appear ‘darker and darker’. She is pictured above in March this year

Rachel Dolezal lectures students on history of black hairstyles

A video clip, entitled Black Is Beautiful, shot in one of the classes she gives at Eastern Washington University, shows her railing against how black women’s hairstyles have been dictated by ‘white supremacy and racism’.

Talking about one particular style of African-American hair, she tugs at her own tight curls and says: ‘Like this.’

Thanks to her pretence, Miss Dolezal got away with a lot of arguably racist behaviour of her own. She once refused to allow a light-skinned Hispanic student to participate in a class exercise about white oppression because ‘she didn’t look Hispanic’.

Her tweets included one in which she lambasted the Oscar-winning film The Help, which examines the nature of social segregation between black and white, sniffing how it had ‘put $206mil in a white woman’s pocket’.

Rachel takes part in a rally in downtown Spokane 

Rachel takes part in a rally in downtown Spokane 

In another tweet, she praised a video entitled ‘S**t White Girls Say ... to Black Girls’, claiming it was ‘true2life’.

It would be easy simply to goggle in astonishment — and many have. Critics of overweening political correctness are having a field day over the lengths one liberal white woman has gone to identify with black oppression. Dolezal may even remind British TV viewers of the ludicrous Ali G, the white rapper persona created by the comic Sacha Baron Cohen, who liked to complain at every perceived slight: ‘Is it because I is black?’

Conservatives have also highlighted what they see as the hypocrisy of liberals who have condemned Miss Dolezal’s claims to be black, yet applauded the recent announcement by former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner that he is now a woman calling herself Caitlyn.

Why can Jenner — who hasn’t even had gender-altering surgery — say he’s a woman if she can’t say she’s black?

But those on the Left, and many black commentators, say the comparison is unfair. Not only is ‘blacking up’ deeply racially offensive, they say, but there is the whole history of America’s unhappy race relations to take into account.

Rachel Dolezal resents rich white men on US currency

For years, under the so-called Jim Crow laws which preserved racial segregation in the South — even deep into the 20th century — a ‘one drop of blood’ rule meant that people with even the smallest trace of black ancestry were legally considered black.

For many, this was catastrophic. But according to academics, this has also established a tradition whereby pretty much any American can say they are black and not be challenged.

Indeed, those who have leapt to Rachel Dolezal’s defence say that if she wants to say she is black, why should anyone deny her that? The problem is that one click of the mouse in the internet age provides pictures of her as a young freckle-faced blonde girl, making a mockery of it all.

‘I wonder what race Rachel would become if she got stopped by the police?’ the — genuinely — black woman author Terry McMillan mused waspishly on Twitter. Unfortunately, one suspects, Miss Dolezal would seize on any mistreatment by the police as further proof of her noble struggle as an oppressed black woman.

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Rachel Dolezal pictured after white parents said she is pretending to be black

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Imitation Of Life: "Our daughter is Caucasian" say parents" NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Pretends To Be Black

Rachel Dolezal pictured after white parents said she is pretending to be black

  • Rachel Dolezal, 37,was pictured outside her home Friday for the first time since scandal erupted over her misrepresentation of her race
  • She also responded to her detractors in a new interview, saying; 'What I'd say to them is "I don't give two s***s what you guys think"' 
  • She then added; 'I do consider myself to be black' 
  • Her parents revealed Thursday she started 'disguising herself' as black in 2007 and no longer speaks to them because they will 'ruin her image'
  • She has been a civil rights activist in Idaho and Eastern Washington for years and also teaches Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University
  • She is facing a city ethics investigation after identifying herself as black in an application to serve on a local police ombudsman commission 

Rachel Dolezal, the white NAACP leader who misrepresented herself as black for years, was pictured for the first time since the scandal surrounding her race erupted as she left her home on Friday.

She also gave an interview about the controversy, saying of her detractors; "I don't give two shi*s what you guys think." You are so far done, and out, of my life'

When pressed further about her race, she told KREM; 'I actually don't like the term African-American. I prefer black, and I would say that if I was asked I would definitely say that yes I do consider myself to be black.' 

Spotted: Rachel Dolezal, 37,was pictured outside her home Friday for the first time since scandal erupted over her misrepresentation of her race

Spotted: Rachel Dolezal, 37,was pictured outside her home Friday for the first time since scandal erupted over her misrepresentation of her race

According to her mother, Ruthanne began to 'disguise herself' in 2006 or 2007
The way she was: Other than some 'faint traces' of Native American blood, Ruthanne Dolezal's mother told reporters the family background is Czech, Swedish and German

Confusion: Other than some 'faint traces' of Native American blood, Dolezal's mother told reporters the family background is Czech, Swedish and German. She is pictured left and right as a girl

Outspoken: Dolezal (above) responded to her detractors in a new interview, saying; 'What I'd say to them is "I don't give two s***s what you guys think"'

Outspoken: Dolezal (above) responded to her detractors in a new interview, saying; 'What I'd say to them is "I don't give two s***s what you guys think"'

Rachel Dolezal doesn't 'give two s***s' what anyone thinks

As for the outcry over her race, Dolezal said she 'can understand' why some people believe that she misrepresented herself.

She the reiterated earlier statements she had made in which she stressed her need to speak with her NAACP board and the black community about this situation before the public. 

'It’s more important for me to clarify that with the black community and with my executive board than it really is to explain it to a community that, quite frankly, don’t really understand the definitions of race and ethnicity,' she explained. 

She also urged her critics to 'maybe think about W.E.B Du Bois that said race is usually biological, always cultural.'

As for her appearance Friday, she kept a low profile as she left her home, attired in shorts and a tee shirt as she carried a book to her car. 

It was also revealed that despite the public outcry, she is still expected to lead the NAACP meeting next week as she always does, with the organization completely behind her at this time. 

Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal spoke from their home in Troy, Montana on Friday after they revealed that their daughter, Spokane's NAACP Chapter President, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years.

Dolezal, who has been a civil rights activist across Idaho and Washington and works part-time as an Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University, is now facing a city ethics probe for falsely claiming on an application that she was black.

Her parents, who are estranged from their daughter, say they first found out she was claiming to be African American as they read a newspaper article about her 'some years ago'.

'She has never claimed to be biracial or African-American in our presence,' they told CNN.

But they have also not spoken to their daughter in years, they said. She has claimed in interviews that they were violent towards her, which they have denied. Instead, they say she has cut them out because she fears they will blow her cover.

On her way: KHQ caught Dolezal as she left her house, with sources saying she would lead the NAACP meeting on Monday

On her way: KHQ caught Dolezal as she left her house, with sources saying she would lead the NAACP meeting on Monday

Revelations: Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal, pictured speaking to CNN on Friday, have revealed their daughter, Spokane's NAACP Chapter President Rachel Dolezal, is white - not African American

Revelations: Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal, pictured speaking to CNN on Friday, have revealed their daughter, Spokane's NAACP Chapter President Rachel Dolezal, is white - not African American

Revealed: Her parents shared her birth certificate to prove they are indeed her biological parents

Revealed: Her parents shared her birth certificate to prove they are indeed her biological parents

'Rachel has chosen to distance herself from the family and be hostile towards us,' her mother said. 'She doesn't want us to be where she is, she doesn't want to be seen with us because it ruins her image.'

The couple has adopted four younger children of color - three African-American children and another from Haiti - but they say their daughter's interest in diversity far preceded that.

They always surrounded themselves with friends of different ethnicities, they said, and when she graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, she applied to Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C.

Although she did not claim to be African American in her application, the family believes the school thought Dolezal was black, because she was coming from Jackson and her artwork used African imagery.   

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Rachel Dolezal, Spokane's NAACP Chapter President and part-time Africana Studies professor at a local university, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years, her parents say

Now and then: Rachel Dolezal, Spokane's NAACP Chapter President and part-time Africana Studies professor at a university in Washington, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years, her parents say

A white past: Dolezal's mother also showed reporters this photo of her daughter's 2000 marriage in Mississippi (she's seen at center). Dolezal is now divorced after claiming her husband was abusive

A white past: Dolezal's mother also showed reporters this photo of her daughter's 2000 marriage in Mississippi (she's seen at center). Dolezal is now divorced after claiming her husband was abusive

'The way we understood, eyes were popping and jaws were dropping when she walked in to finalize her registration,' her father told CNN.

Her mother added: 'For that application, I do not believe Rachel was deceptive as she has been more recently.'

As time went on, their daughter began sounding African American on the phone and then she started to 'disguise herself' from around 2007, her parents said.

'WE STAND BEHIND HER RECORD': NAACP RELEASES STATEMENT  

'For 106 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds.

'NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One's racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal's advocacy record. 

'In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational, and economic justice for all people, and we encourage Americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization.

'Hate language sent through mail and social media along with credible threats continue to be a serious issue for our units in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. We take all threats seriously and encourage the FBI and the Department of Justice to fully investigate each occurrence.'

Although they and other friends in their community knew that she was white, they did not speak out about it because they originally thought it was an 'artistic representation'.

But after learning that she was claiming to be African American, they did not take the initiative to say anything until they were recently contacted, they said.

'We've never been asked these questions until now,' her father said. 

They told the truth and confirmed that they were her biological parents when they were recently contacted, they said.

The couple has also shared images of Dolezal as a child; while today the 37-year-old divorcee sports tight, dark curls, the photos show a fair and freckled blonde child.

One of her adopted brothers, 21-year-old Zach, backed up his parents' story by telling the Washington Post that when he visited his sister in Spokane, he was told not to speak of Larry and Ruthanne as their parents.

Another adopted brother, Ezra Dolezal, 22, compared their sister's decision to blackface.

'Back in the early 1900s, what she did would be considered highly racist,' he said. 'You really should not do that. It's completely opposite – she's basically creating more racism.'

Despite their hurt, her parents said that any decision about Dolezal's future at the NAACP should be left up to the organization.

'It's very sad that Rachel has not just been herself,' Ruthanne Dolezal told the Spokesman-Review. '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.'  

Highly visible activist: Dolezal has been a highly visible civil rights activist in the Eastern Washington/Idaho region for years. She's seen here with Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby 

Highly visible activist: Dolezal has been a highly visible civil rights activist in the Eastern Washington/Idaho region for years. She's seen here with Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby 

The way she is now: And according to her staff biography at Eastern Washington University, Dolezal received her master's degree from Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C.
'Rachel is very good at using her artistic skills to transform herself,' her mother said

The way she was: And according to her staff biography at Eastern Washington University, Dolezal received her master's degree from Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C.

Moment NAACP leader is confronted about her white parents

But the NAACP released a statement on Friday calling it 'a legal issue with her family'.

'We respect her privacy in this matter,' the statement said. 'One's racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal's advocacy record.

'In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational, and economic justice for all people, and we encourage Americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization.'

The parents have said the family background is Czech, Swedish and German, as well as some 'faint traces' of Native American blood.

However, when Dolezal applied to become chairwoman of Spokane's Office of Police Ombudsman Commission - a volunteer appointment - she marked herself down as white, black and American Indian, the Spokesman-Review reported. 

She has also previously claimed that her white father is her step-father.

In January, a photo showing Dolezal and a black man on the Spokane NAACP's Facebook erroneously identified the man as her father. 

The man has now been identified as Albert Wilkerson Jr., and he would not reveal his relationship with Dolezal in an interview with The Spokesman-Review

'I have nothing negative to say about Rachel and I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus,' said Wilkerson.

Brother not son: Dolezal's blog posts and interviews often reference her 'black sons.' But her mother says one of the boys is Izaiah - one of four African American infants Rachel's parents adopted in the 1990s

Brother not son: Dolezal's blog posts and interviews often reference her 'black sons.' But her mother says one of the boys is Izaiah - one of four African American infants Rachel's parents adopted in the 1990s

Lies: The NAACP group shared this image on its Facebook page earlier this year claiming to show Dolezal with her father - but her parents, who are white, say she is not related to this man, Albert Wilkerson Jr.
Claims: She also shared this photo with the caption: 'L-R Me, my oldest son Izaiah and my Dad'

Claims: She also shared this photo with the caption: 'L-R Me, my oldest son Izaiah and my Dad'

Rachel Dolezal's parents speak out about her ethnicity 'lies'

'NOT TRUE': DOLEZAL'S MOTHER SHOOTS DOWN HER CLAIMS 

In an interview with the Coeur d' Alene Press, Dolezal's mother shot down many other claims her daughter has made in interviews over the years. Specifically:

Dolezal's claim she was born in a tepee.

'Totally false,' said her mother. She and Dolezal's father once lived in a tepee but it was before Dolezal was born.

Dolezal's claim she once had to use bows and arrows to hunt for her own food as a kid.

Not true, says her mother.

Dolezal's claim she once lived in South Africa.

'Rachel did not even ever visit us there,' said Ruthanne, who lived there as a missionary.

Dolezal's claim her parents punished her 'by skin complexion' with a 'baboon whip' reminiscent of those once used on slaves.

'She is fabricating a very false and malicious lie,' Ruthanne said.

Dolezal's claim that Larry Dolezal, who is white, is actually her stepfather. 

'Anybody who lives in the town of Troy or Libby knows that Larry is her father,' Ruthanne said.

'I'm just confused by the whole thing,' Elizabeth Phillips, one of Dolezal's students, told People.

'I thought she was mixed. She said her dad was black and her mom was white … that's kind of a big thing to lie about.'

She then added; 'Her stepdad, who was white, used to be very abusive. He used to beat her siblings that were dark. She said her stepdad was the one that was hateful, but her real dad is black.' 

On Wednesday, a reporter from KXLY confronted Dolezal a photo of her with the African-American man while on camera. 

'Ma'am, I was wondering if your dad really is an African-American man,' the KXLY reporter asked.  

'I don't understand the question,' Dolezal replied. 'I did tell you [that man in the picture] is my dad.' 

'Are your parents white?' the reporter asked. Dolezal then removed her mic and walked away.

Reached by the Spokesman-Review, Dolezal answered questions about her ethnicity by saying: '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... We're all from the African continent.' 

She has also spoken about her 'black sons' - but her mother told CDAPress.com that one of those boys is Izaiah Dolezal - who is, in fact, one of four infants Rachel's parents adopted in the 1990s.

Izaiah, now 21, has since gone to live with Dolezal and no longer speaks with his adopted parents.

Court records show that Dolezal is in fact now the legal guardian of Izaiah. 

The Washington Post reported that the disagreement over Izaiah appears to have driven the family apart more than her claims about her race. 

'I can understand hairstyles and all that,' Zach Dolezal said of his sister. 'Saying her brother is her son, I don't understand that.'

She also has a son with her now-ex-husband. They married in 2000 and moved to Idaho. 

She was later also engaged to a man from Mississippi, Maurice Turner, but they split up in February 2013. 

The article adds that in 2006 she developed cervical cancer but was considered cured in 2008. 

Rachel Dolezal
Rachel Dolezal

Cover up: Dolezal has Czech, Swedish and German blood even though she claimed on a recent application for a volunteer role that she was white, black and American Indiana. She is now under an ethics review

Poweful: She is pictured in January next to Dr. Scott Finnie, right, director of EWU's Africana Education Program before the start of a Black Lives Matter Teach-In on Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Poweful: She is pictured in January next to Dr. Scott Finnie, right, director of EWU's Africana Education Program before the start of a Black Lives Matter Teach-In on Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Support: In March, she is seen right linking arms with her supporters as they shout 'We shall overcome' during a rally in Spokane. It was held after she claimed she had received a racist and threatening package

Support: In March, she is seen right linking arms with her supporters as they shout 'We shall overcome' during a rally in Spokane. It was held after she claimed she had received a racist and threatening package

Around that time, she also took on the role as director of the Human Rights Institute and says she was also forced to deal with threats from white supremacy groups afraid of female power. They hung nooses in her home and stole from her, she claimed in the article. 

She moved to Spokane in 2012 and has since used social media as an outlet for her frustrations about being a person of color in a very white corner of America.

A November 2013 post about the release of the film 12 Years a Slave, reads in part:

Probably not the best film to take a white partner on a first date to, just-sayin...In fact, over the years I have learned the only way to screen a Black-themed film in Whitopia (aka Idaho/Eastern Washington) is to: 1) arrive a little early so you have a choice in seating 2) sit in the top, back row so that if white people are inclined to stare, they have to turn all the way around to do it 3) sit in the top, back row so that during the movie people aren't constantly looking at you to monitor the 'Black response' to the film.

And in another post, along with selfies of her with a curly mane, the naturally light-haired Dolezal writes: 'Going with the natural look as I start my 36th year.'  

The naturally light haired Dolezal posted these photos with the caption, 'going with the natural look'

The naturally light haired Dolezal posted these photos with the caption, 'going with the natural look'

In a 2013 Facebook post, Dolezal bemoaned the trials and tribulations of being a person of color in an almost totally white corner of America

In a 2013 Facebook post, Dolezal bemoaned the trials and tribulations of being a person of color in an almost totally white corner of America

Artist: An image shows Dolezal's artwork; she studied art at college and continues to work as an artist

Artist: An image shows Dolezal's artwork; she studied art at college and continues to work as an artist

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We’ve all heard about Black people pretending to be White for financial, professional or social gain. But rarely do we hear about White people attempting to be Black. And I don’t mean adopting a Blaccent, wearing stereotypically urban clothes and trying to use the n-word. I mean making a concerted, long term effort to convince people that you’re genetically African American.

Family members of Rachel Dolezal and other civil rights activists have outed the leader of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter as falsely portraying herself as Black for several years.

When the news of her deception broke, Dolezal, 37, completely skirted questions from reporters, saying “I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation” before discussing the situation with the media.

In addition to Dolezal’s work in the NAACP, she’s also a part-time Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University, teaching a class called “The Black Woman’s Struggle.” When questioned further about her racial identity by KXLY, Dolezal said, “There’s a lot of complexities…and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.” Then she concluded by saying, “We’re all from the African continent.”

Despite her dishonesty, Dolezal has done significant work benefitting the Black community. She’s credited with re-energizing the Spokane NAACP chapter and also serves as a chairwoman for the city’s Office of Police Ombudman Commission. On her volunteer application she identified herself as White, Black and American Indian.

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Comment by Iris McRae on June 23, 2015 at 8:20am

She blew it when asked 'If she was African American' and replied...."I don't understand the question"!!!!!!! 

Comment by Iris McRae on June 23, 2015 at 8:18am

It really isn't new...Most white women WANT to be BLACK!!! 

Comment by Carlton DePass on June 22, 2015 at 9:51am
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Comment by colley on June 18, 2015 at 9:26am

She just love black race but you can't pretend to be black i appreciate you for loving us but just be who you are and continue  to love who you are as an individual no one can't judge that

Comment by joy scott on June 18, 2015 at 9:01am
SO SHE WANNA BE BLACK GOOD FOR HER IT'S ONLY NATURAL SINCE MOST OF THE BLACKS BLEACHING THEIR SKIN TO BE LIGHTER & WEAR BRAZILIAN HAIR SO THEY CAN PASS FOR BEING WHITE SO WHO WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE..I DON'T CARE 1 BIT
Comment by Asya on June 17, 2015 at 10:28pm
I don't see anything wrong with what she did. Their are a lot of people who feel trapped inside the wrong body, and walk around in what they feel is their true persona. I think she would have gained more understanding if she would have came out on her on. And said yes, I am a black woman, trapped inside a white woman's body. Then we could have been like ok, where do we go from here.
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 17, 2015 at 9:02pm
The wicked are a nation of people ruling body in the earth. JOB 9th chaptr and the 24th vrs says, THE EARTH IS GIVEN INTO THE HANDS OF THE WICKED: HE COVERETH THE FACES OF THE JUDGES THEREOF; IF NOT, WHERE AND WHO IS HE ?? just ask yourself whos ruling the earth or bullying the people?? Revalations 13chaptr 9-10th vrs the saints and judges are black people the real saints and judges whos history was wht washed and replaced with wht images of wht people to deceive the dark nations. Acts 13chaptr 1st vrs on down. Rev 2nd chaptr 9th vrs and Rev 3rd chaptr 9th vrs also and Jerimiah 14th chaptr 2nd vrs
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 17, 2015 at 8:41pm
ISAIAH 13chaptr and 11th vrs The Almighty Says, "AND I WILL PUNISH THE WORLD FOR THEIR EVIL, AND THE WICKED FOR THEIR INIQUITY, AND I WILL CAUSE THE ARROGANCY OF THE PROUD TO CEASE. AND I WILL LAY LOW THE HAUGHTINESS OF THE TERRIBLE.
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 17, 2015 at 8:32pm
To the unwise and the ignorant it seems that corruption will last forever but we are sadly mistaken GOD will wipe out the evil so viciously and fast that the ones of us that survive it will think it was
a bad dream. Arent we seeing the end signitures of these times of biblical prophecies now global warm that in your mind and stop and think with understanding and wisely!!!
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on June 17, 2015 at 8:22pm
Forever learning but never coming to the understanding of what the truth really is. Two kings can never wear the same crown either one will step down or be taken down. When Kingdoms become ruthlessly wicked God visits the earth takes down the wicked kingdom and sets up a better one and this has been the documented history of mankind that the Authorities of this time will hide from the people and this is why true knowledge is vital to all not just to a few tyrants that have people terribly confused and deceived!!!

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