The parents of Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane, Washington’s NAACP chapter, say their daughter “has not explained to us why she has disguised herself and been deceptive about her ethnicity.”
For years, Rachel Dolezal, 37, has identified herself publicly as African American. When applying for a spot on Spokane’s Police Ombudsman Commission — of which she is now chairwoman — Dolezal identified herself as white, black and American Indian, ABC affiliate KXLY-Television in Spokane reported.
But Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal told “Nightline” by means of Skype that Rachel is their biological daughter and they are each white.
Lawrence Dolezal mentioned they have two biological children such as Rachel. They also have four adopted youngsters who are African American.
“But Rachel is clearly white as we are,” Lawrence Dolezal mentioned.
“She has not explained to us why she has disguised herself and been deceptive about her ethnicity, so we can’t explain to you,” Ruthanne Dolezal stated.
Rachel Dolezal received her master’s degree from the historically black Howard University, according to her biography on the Eastern Washington University site. She is now an adjunct professor in the Africana Research system at Eastern Washington University, exactly where she teaches African and African American Art History, African History, African American Culture, The Black Woman’s Struggle and Intro to Africana Research, according to her university bio.
Her function focuses on “race, gender and class in the contemporary Diaspora with a specific emphasis on Black ladies in visual culture,” her university bio stated.
“We’ve usually supported her activism for justice and equality,” Ruthanne Dolezal added. “But this deceptive side and the way she’s attempted to represent herself as an individual she is not. that is what is concerning to us.”
“She is so assimilated into their culture and their community that she may falsely think about herself African American,” Lawrence Dolezal said. “But by birth she certainly is not.”