Rachel Dolezal is an activist and former college professor in the United States who portrays herself as a black woman despite being born to white parents.
She claimed Native American origins in addition to fraudulently claiming black ancestry. She has also served as the president of the NAACP's Washington, D.C. chapter.
Dolezal served as president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, from 2014 to June 2015, when she resigned over a racial identity issue.
When her parents openly declared that she was passing as black, she came under fire.
Dolezal's parents made the statement after she told police and the local media that she had been the victim of race-related hate crimes; a police investigation found no evidence to back up her claims.
Dolezal had also claimed on an application that she was of mixed ethnicity and that her father was an African-American male.
Following the issue, Dolezal was fired from her job as an Africana studies instructor at Eastern Washington University and from her position as chair of the Spokane Police Ombudsman Commission due to "a pattern of wrongdoing." Dolezal admitted in 2015 that she was "born white to white parents," but that she self-identified as a black woman.
The Dolezal case sparked a national conversation about racial identity in the United States.
Dolezal's detractors accused her of cultural appropriation and fraud, while she and her supporters insisted that her self-identification is real. In 2017, Dolezal published In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, a memoir about her racial identity.
Her primary income is from selling her books.
Rachel Dolezal's net worth is currently estimated at $0.6 million.
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Rachel Dolezal was married to Kevin Moore from 2000 to 2005.
Children: Rachel Dolezal has 2 sons, Franklin Moore and Langston Attickus Dolezal.
Rachel Dolezalâ€™s father is Lawrence Dolezal.
Rachel Dolezalâ€™s mother is Ruthanne Dolezal.
Siblings: Rachel Dolezal has 4 brothers and a sister.
"Overall, my life has been one of survival and the decisions that I have made along the way, including my identification, have been to survive."
"I have a huge issue with blackface."
"I felt very isolated with my identity virtually my entire life, that nobody really got it and that I really didn't have the personal agency to express it, i kind of imagined that maybe at some point (I'd have to) own it publicly and discuss this kind of complexity."
"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's taken my entire life to negotiate how to identify, and I've done a lot of research and a lot of studying, i could have a long conversation, an academic conversation about that. I don't know. I just feel like I didn't mislead anybody; I didn't deceive anybody."
"It's not something that I can put on and take off anymore, like I said, I've had my years of confusion and wondering who I really (was) and why and how do I live my life and make sense of it all, but I'm not confused about that any longer. I think the world might be -- but I'm not."