Rachel Dolezal is an African-American studies professor and president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP who claims to have been the victim of several racially-motivated hate crimes.
So naturally, it came as a surprise to many when it was revealed today that Dolezal is a white woman of Czech, Swedish and German descent.
In the video above, Dolezal claims she was "intimidated and harassed" by her neighbors because of her race.
The interviewer seems to have his doubts from the start, pointing out to Dolezal that the "noose" she found hanging from a tree near her home was actually just a rope used by local hunters.
The journalist then produces a photo of Rachel’s father (who is white) and asks point blank if she’s African-American. Dolezal replies, "I don’t understand the question."
Dolezal’s parents have since confirmed that she is of 100% European descent and their daughter "has not explained to us why she is doing what she’s doing and being dishonest and deceptive with her identity."
In a separate interview, Dolezal stated, "I don’t like the term ‘African-American. I prefer ‘black,’ and I would say that if I was asked, I would definitely say that yes, I consider myself to be black."
Unfortunately for Ms. Dolezal, that’s not really how the world works. We’re sure Chet Haze – the white rapper son of Tom Hanks – would love to check "black" on a census form, but that would make him a liar, and no amount of justifying can change that.
The NAACP and the university where Dolezal is employed have yet to issue statements on the controversy surrounding her race.