On Monday, Rachel Dolezal stepped down as president from the Spokane, Washington NAACP while name dropping the Black Liberation movement, Chattel Slavery and self-determination. What she didn’t mention is the “full story” she proclaimed none of us have about why she’s pretended to be African American for the last ten years.
On the Spokane NAACP’s Facebook, the following statement was posted on Monday:
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,
OK. But someone who does have the “full story”—or at least more of it—is Rachel’s adopted brother Ezra Dolezal who says that she shushed him about revealing her race and “brainwashed” their younger adopted brother into hating white people, including their parents, but not her, somehow.
Ezra spoke to BuzzFeed about the continuing confusing situation around Rachel Dolezal’s passing as a black woman for the last ten years. He says the changes began subtly and slowly but once she left their Montana community, she created an entirely new persona.
“She just told me, ‘Over here, I’m going to be considered black, and I have a black father. Don’t blow my cover,’” Ezra Dolezal, 22, told BuzzFeed News in an interview.
Rachel also told him to tell people that he and her other adopted brother were her “blood brothers,” he said.
“She wanted to make a new life for herself but she took it to the ultimate extreme,” Ezra said. “Not only did she move out to Spokane, but she created a whole new identity for herself.”
“My younger sister Esther is fully African-American and Rachel used to do her hair a lot. She really enjoyed it, so she already knew a lot about hair products and started applying them to herself,” Ezra said.
Then she started putting on makeup for darker skin tones and perming her hair. But according to Ezra, her decision to pass for a black person in Spokane, Washington came from the attitudes she faced at Howard University, where Jezebel reported she received her Master’s in Fine Arts in 2002.
“She used to tell us that teachers treated her differently than other people and a lot of them acted like they didn’t want her there,” Ezra said. “Because of her work in African-American art, they thought she was a black student during her application, but they ended up with a white person.”
Rachel became a self-hating white person who turned against other whites, including her own parents, and she brainwashed her younger adopted brother Izaiah to do the same. She then gained legal custody of him in 2010 and began passing him off as her biological son.
The hate crimes against her and cervical cancer she allegedly suffered were also lies to draw sympathy according to Ezra, who says he doesn’t believe anything she says anymore. Then he called her performance “basically blackface.”
Back in Spokane on Monday, Dolezal cancelled an NAACP meeting where she was slated to discuss her race, which her new statement seems to have made up for.
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Image via now-removed Facebook post.