Rachel Dolezal: Godfrey Elfwick strikes again as fake tan dupes whites into thinking you’re black
She was black on the outside and white on the inside. Black community leader Rachel Dolezal has been exposed as a white woman with a stick on Afro and a spray tan:
Rachel Dolezal, who heads Spokane’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter and teaches Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, refused to directly answers any questions about her alleged racial ruse after it was reported.
A KXLY reporter bluntly asked her, “Are you African-American?”
After a stunned pause, she replied: “I don’t understand the question.”
Are you black?
The question of her race “is not as easy as it seems,” Dolezal told the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
“We’re all from the African continent,” she added.
Dolezal’s parents Ruthanne and Lawrence emigrated from Africa a long time gao. They’ve supplied photographs and birth records to local media that show that Rachel is white. The family is of Czech, Swedish and German background, with a dash of Native American thrown in.
James Wilburn, former president of the Spokane NAACP chapter, told the CDA press that Dolezal’s race was not what had qualified her for the position in the organisation.
And, refreshingly, it did not disqualify her, either.
“It is traditional to have a person of colour in that position, but that hasn’t always been the case in Spokane,” Wilburn said. A woman of European descent was president in the 1990s, he added, and half of the chapter members were not black. “That is probably a result of the fact that only 1.9% of the population in Spokane is African American,” he said.
BBC reporter Mike Wendling notes:
I talked to Dolezal in 2011 in a coffee shop in Spokane, Washington, while producing a BBC World Service documentary on a surge in extremist militia activity in America. She told us that she was of mixed racial heritage but that she primarily identified with her black ancestors. She matter-of-factly listed the abuse she says she received at the hands of racists, including threats, break-ins, and nooses being left at her workplace.
At no time during our hour-long interview, or during a number of phone and email conversations before and after, did Dolezal give any cause to doubt her heritage.
Dolezal’s skin tones are bit more Essex nightclub than sub-Saharan Africa:
Dolezal’s story brought out others who defended her – and said they themselves identify with other ethnic groups. Godfrey Elfwick, a man who says he was born to white parents but identifies as being black, argues that there are many more people like him in a message retweeted more than 500 times: “I stand by #RachelDolezal. … It’s not a joke and you have no right to shame us,” he says.