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What had happened was.
Meet Rachel Dolezal, one of the most recognizable civil rights activists in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal is an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University, a freelance columnist, and the leader of Spokane’s local NAACP chapter.
Dolezal is by her family’s account white—Czech, Swedish, and German, with some Native American heritage, according to her mom—which is problematic given that she’s built an identity around being an African-American woman. And amid swirling controversy about Dolezal’s heritage on Thursday, she responded to KXLY4 reporter Jeff Humphrey’s query in telling fashion.
Said the ABC affiliate’s reporter: “Are you African-American?”
“I don’t understand the question.”
Then she walked away.
It’s a damning moment for Dolezal, who has been aggressive in purporting a seemingly false black identity. Social media, particularly Twitter, was merciless and made #RachelDolezal an instant top trending item in the United States.
Nigga asked her a 4 word question and she acted like he was speaking German ydkshdjdjdj
— Billy Vegas (@HumbleTeej) June 12, 2015
Rachel Dolezal went to China and got one of those Afro kits. I’m sick.
— Lil Dre. (@soulfullypoetic) June 12, 2015
The City of Spokane is investigating whether Dolezal violated the city’s code of ethics by way of lying about her race on her citizen police ombudsman commission application—Dolezal identified as African-American.
In a piece for urban weekly Inlander,“Let Us Breathe,” Dolezal rallied about the #BlackLivesMatter movement while using language like “We have not been silent.”
Dolezal was also publicly critical of the Oscar-nominated film, The Help:
Rachel Dolezal, a professor of Black Studies who rotates between Eastern Washington and North Idaho College, and is a leader for NIC’s Black Students Association, said she wished the film had never been made. Her main dislike stemmed from all the money Kathryn Stockett, the author of the novel and a white woman, made off of this book and film.
“Follow the money trail,” Dolezal said. “A white woman makes millions off of a black woman’s story.”
However, some in the African-American community have come to her aid because of her career as an advocate for civil rights.
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Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.