The embattled president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) fired back at the criticism surrounding her after her parents revealed that she has been passing herself off as a black woman.
“I feel like the article was questioning — and really it’s Larry and Ruthanne who are questioning [her ethnicity],” Rachel Dolezal told KREM-TV. “So what I say to them is, I don’t give two sh*ts what you think, you know? You’re so far out and done from my life.”
The criticism flared up when her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal, confirmed to the Couer d’Alene Press that she is white.
CBS News reported that NAACP officials expressed their support for Dolezal in a statement, attributing the criticism to a “legal issue with her family.”
Dolezal, who has taught several courses dealing with African-American history and culture at Eastern Washington University, told KREM that she felt it was “more important for me to clarify that with the black community and with my executive board than it really is to explain it to a community that I, quite frankly, don’t think really understands the definitions of race and ethnicity.”
She also offered her own response to the question of her racial identity, after previously dodging the issue.
“I actually don’t like the term ‘African-American,'” she explained. “I prefer black. I would say that if asked, I would definitely consider myself to be black.”
A profile on Dolezal published in 2012 also plays up what she has described as Native American descent. It reads in part:
Rachel Doležal was born in a teepee in Montana. She grew up wearing moccasins and was planting seeds by the age of 3. Resourceful and intelligent, she began creatively expressing herself at the age of 4. “I consider my first self-portrait (age 4) and my drawing of feet (age 5) to be the entrance to my artistic journey,” she says.
Now, at 34, she is occasionally called a “radical mongrel” by people who, let’s assume, were taught how to hate by the age of three and how to draw a swastika by the age of four. A simple click of the mouse explains the true meaning of the swastika rooted in the idea of peace and well-being, notions that Doležal hopes to spread. “With every shape, cut, stroke, smudge, texture and hue, I compose images that tell of my persistence through struggle, my journey toward peace, and my stubborn desire to somehow help the human race grow and evolve.”ADVERTISEMENT
Watch Dolezal’s remarks to KREM, as aired on CBS News on Friday, below.
Analyst tells CNBC: Recession will hit US several months before 2020 election
An analyst told CNBC on Monday that a recession is likely to hit the U.S. just months before the 2020 election.
"The inversion of the yield curve is a great signal that a recession is coming," Guy Lebas of Janney Capital Management explained. "Recessions by their nature are impossible to predict with any confidence but we have a few clues."
Lebas pointed to corporate capital expenditure plans as a sign of economic stress.
"They are hinting somewhere in the early to mid portion of 2020," he said of a possible recession.
Watch the video below from CNBC.
Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes
Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.
The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.
A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.
Former US ambassador to Denmark torches Trump’s Greenland plan on CNN: ‘I laughed until I cried’
Rufus Gifford, who previously served as the United States' ambassador to Denmark under former President Barack Obama, told CNN's John Berman that he can't believe President Donald Trump really thinks he can buy Greenland.
During a CNN interview Monday, Berman asked Gifford what his reaction was to the president publicly discussing his desire to do a "big" real estate deal with Denmark to buy Greenland.
Gifford did not respond positively.
"Honestly, I saw the Wall Street Journal headline when I was bound for Copenhagen," he said. "Like most people, I thought it was a joke. Reading more, it became confirmed. I shook my head, as I often say, many times as I've heard about Trump's foreign policy decisions, I laughed until I cried."