April 17, 2017
Rachel Dolezal acknowledges she has “an unorthodox identity.” The former President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP asserts that she doesn’t recognize race as being biological but rather – “a social construct.”
Dolezal, who says she currently self-identifies as “transracial,” “trans-Black,” or sometimes “Pan-African,” resigned her post with the civil rights organization in 2015 after the media reported that she was an ethnically White individual who some accused of passing herself off for many years as a bi-racial woman of African descent, a claim she strongly denies.
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While still in her 20’s, the now 40-year-old civil rights activist attended Howard University where the student population is predominantly Black. It was then she says that, while she was married, pregnant, and still appearing to the world as Caucasian – that she says she lost her scholarship.
“There were some comments that — you know – ‘Your White parents can probably pay for your tuition’”, claims Dolezal, who admits, she sued the school. Her reported claims included discrimination based on “race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and retaliation.”
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