black community is under question after her estranged mother claimed
she is white but is “being dishonest and deceptive with her identity.”
has identified herself as at least partly African-American. But her
Montana birth certificate says she was born to two parents who say they
are Caucasian. The parents shared that document and old photos with CNN.
“We are her birth parents,” Lawrence Dolezal told CNN on Friday. “We do
not understand why she feels it’s necessary to misrepresent her
Rachel Dolezal’s father, Larry Dolezal, said that he and her mother are both white.
“She’s our birth daughter and we’re both of European descent,” he said,
adding, “we’re puzzled. He could not fully explain why his daughter
might have wanted to pose as a black woman.
But, he added: “She has over the past 20 years assimilated herself into
the African-American community through her various advocacy and social
justice work, and so that may be part of the answer.”
He went on to say that Rachel cut off all communication with him and her
mother, and “doesn’t want us visible in the Spokane area in her circle
because we’re Caucasian.”
According to the Spokesman–Review, Dolezal misrepresented
herself on her application for the city commission, writing that her
ethnicity included white, black, and American Indian. Officials told the
Spokesman–Review they were investigating whether she violated any city policies.
Dolezal said she found a threatening package in the NAACP’s post office box in February.
contained racist messages and death threats. The city statement
reiterated that it was the ninth hate crime Dolezal had experienced.
“It is deplorable and shocking that Ms. Dolezal should be experiencing
hateful and malicious threats. We stand strongly in solidarity with her,
as a university and as a campus community,” Eastern Washington
University President Mary Cullinan added in a statement.
But postal workers told police the envelope was not timestamped or
canceled. The only way the letter could have gotten into the box was if
it had been placed there by a post office employee or by someone who had
the P.O. Box key.
Dolezal told the station she would never falsify something so serious.
Dolezal was quoted referring to “my oldest son Izaiah.”
But Larry Dolezal said that Izaiah is actually Rachel’s adopted brother.
About five years ago, when Izaiah was 16, he opted to go live with
Rachel, Larry Dolezal said, at which time she obtained guardianship.
Still, he told BuzzFeed News that he and his wife, Ruthanne, remain
Izaiah’s legal parents.
Larry and Ruthanne eventually lost contact with Izaiah, and on Thursday
did not know where he was. Larry added that Thursday is Izaiah’s 21st
|She wrote this post after she watched 12 Years A Slave at the cinema|
Rachel hinted to the Press recently that Izaiah was her brother:
Rachel Dolezal confirmed in a recent phone interview with The Press that Izaiah is one of her adopted brothers.
“He used to be my brother,” she said. “But I have full custody of him now.”
“The last we heard he was either attending pre-law at the University of
Idaho in Moscow, or through the branch campus in Spokane or in Coeur
d’Alene,” Larry said.
He also denied claims made by Rachel to local media that she had been abused by her parents.
In addition to herself, Rachel told the Press that Larry and Ruthanne
Dolezal had abused her siblings as children. She also maintained that
she was black.
“They can DNA test me if they want to,” she told the newspaper.