Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all morning, you know by now that there is aDolezal firestorm raging about Rachel Dolezal - the white Spokane, Washington NAACP leader who pretended to be black.
While Dolezal’s parents are speaking out to the national media, Dolezal is also telling her side of the story.
Dolezal’s parents outed her by providing a birth certificate to a news station. During an interview with CNN’s “At This Hour” on Friday Morning, Dolezal’s parents explained that they “don’t understand” why she’s acting black.
“She has not explained to us why she is doing what she is doing and being dishonest and deceptive with her identity,” Ruthanne Dolezal said of daughter Rachel.
“We do not understand why she feels it’s necessary to misrepresent her ethnicity,” added Larry Dolezal.
Ruthanne Dolezal said the change in their child began around 2007 but they learned of her change in racial identity through newspaper articles. “She has never claimed to be biracial or African-American in our presence.”
Rachel Dolezal as she looks now (left) and how she used to look (right)
During an on-air interview with KXLY4’s Jeff Humphrey this week, Rachel Dolezal walked off set, leaving behind her purse and keys, when asked about her racial identity.
In a later interview with KREM, Rachel Dolezal says even though they raised her, she doesn’t consider her biological parents her real parents.
Of her biological parents, “I do not talk to them”, Dolezal explains.
When asked to respond to how her parents are questioning her racial identity, Dolezal says, “I don’t give a [expletive] what you guys think.”
She says it’s more important for her to “clarify” her race with the black community and NAACP than a community that “doesn’t understand the definitions of race and ethnicity.”
Even after admitting that her biological parents are white, Dolezal said, “I consider myself black.”