Monday, June 15, 2015

‘Colorism Has Its Limits’: Campuses React to Storm Over White Adjunct Who Posed as Black

The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 15th, 2015

An adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University became the focus of a fierce debate about race and identity last week, when her parents asserted that she was white, despite having passed herself off for years as a black woman.
Rachel A. Dolezal, 37, earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Howard University and has worked as an adjunct in Eastern Washington’s Africana-education program, teaching such courses as African and African-American art history and “the Black Woman’s Struggle.” Ms. Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP, and earned a track record as a civil-rights advocate through her work locally and in Mississippi.
Spokane’s mayor appointed Ms. Dolezal to serve on a police-ombudsman commission, and last week local leaders said the city would investigate whether she had lied on her application to serve on that body. When she applied, she checked several boxes to indicate her race, including white and black.

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