Rachel Dolezal wasn’t born into a minority. She chose to wear it as a costume.
Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist who pretended to be African-American has announced she is stepping down as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter – the US’s oldest and largest civil rights organisation.
In a message posted on the group’s Facebook page, Dolezal wrote that she was stepping aside after the “unexpected firestorm” that erupted over whether she misrepresented her race.
She said “the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.”
And that in light of that “it is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside.”
In her only attempt to justify pretending to be African-American she wrote.
“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,” she wrote.
Previously Amy Stockwell wrote for Mamamia:
For many years, 37 year old Rachel Dolezal has been a proud and outspoken African American woman. She is an activist, and President of her local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), an organisation with a proud history of defending the rights of ethnic minorities in the United States.
On her Facebook page, she excitedly posted that her father, a handsome, smiling African American man, was coming to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new NAACP office.
The mayor of her city appointed her to chair a police oversight committee to keep an eye on fairness in police work. When she took on that role, she identified herself has having an ethnicity that included white, black and Native American. She says that she has been the victim of at least eight hate crimes threats and attacks, which she attributes to her “biracial heritage”.
Except she’s not.
She’s not African American, not even remotely. That’s not her biological father. That’s not her natural hair. That’s not her history.
“Our daughter is Caucasian” say parents of Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal. pic.twitter.com/6VHxm9v4Wt
— Taylor Viydo (@KREMTaylor) June 11, 2015