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Rachel Dolezal to Speak ... Eventually

Spokane NAACP meeting scheduled for tomorrow is postponed
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2015 5:10 PM CDT
Rachel Dolezal to Speak ... Eventually
On Jan. 16, 2015, Rachel Dolezal, Spokane's NAACP president, meets with Joseph King and Scott Finnie.   (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

Looks like Rachel Dolezal won't speak out publicly just yet after all. The president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP—whose parents say she's white but pretends to be black—will not address the furor around her racial identity tomorrow as planned, the AP reports. On Facebook, the Spokane NAACP says it will reschedule tomorrow's meeting "due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders." Plus, Spokane officials are investigating whether Dolezal lied about being black when she agreed to join the city's police board. And there's more:

  • Dolezal changed her racial identity when starting a new chapter of her life in Spokane, according to her adopted brother, Ezra Dolezal. "Don't blow my cover," he quotes her as saying. Ezra, 22, tells Buzzfeed that she claimed he was her son and told people her father was black.
  • Ezra figures she changed her racial identity after encountering racism at Howard University, where she was a white art student in a mostly black school. She got angry and became "hateful to white people," he says. "It’s like what psychologists call self-hating."
  • Ezra also denies Rachel's claim that their parents abused them. "She made herself into a martyr on purpose for people to feel sorry for her and to help her," he says.
  • While teaching a class at Eastern Washington University, Rachel reportedly refused to let a student take part in a class on race and culture: "Rachel said I didn’t look Hispanic," the student tells Buzzfeed. The student is light-skinned but speaks Spanish and identifies as Hispanic.
Click to read about Rachel's life at Howard University or what the NAACP is saying about her. (More NAACP stories.)

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