In a tearful interview with Krem2.com, Rachel Dolezal admits that her "son" is technically her adopted brother, but she does see herself as his mom. She also claims she has no relationship with her biological parents and that she doesn't speak to them. When asked about her race and if she has misrepresented herself publicly, she says to those who are questioning her ethnicity, "I don't give two s***s what you think."
She continued to say that if she was asked, she would say she is "black."
This is such a bizarre story. On one hand, it's easy to wonder if there are mental issues at hand here — this is all speculation on my part, mind you. On the other hand, this also feels like some pretty gross racial appropriation on the part of Dolezal.
On CNN, when her biological parents asked why she says she is black, they claim that the bottom line is that they are confirming they are her birth parents, and they are both white, and she is misrepresenting her ethnicity. They said they first heard about her claims that she is African-American in the year 2007. Dolezal is currently the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.
Update: 6/15/2015: Rachel Dolezal has resigned as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. In a statement she wrote:
"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 âª#BlackLivesMatterâ¬ movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment."
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