What the Rachel Dolezal Scandal Teaches Us

The internet was on fire on Friday, June 12, 2015.  News broke that 37-year-old Rachel Dolezal is not black.  She had presented herself as black, and that presentation played a role in her positions as president of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, chair of Spokane's Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, professor in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University, former education director of the Human Rights Education Institute, and licensed diversity trainer and consultant for human rights education and inclusivity in regional schools.  Dolezal's skin is café-au-lait-colored; this shade is perhaps the product of self-tanning or other ruses.  She claimed to be the daughter of dark-skinned black man, and the mother of two dark-skinned black boys.  Dolezal is neither.  Rachel Dolezal's parents went public with photos.  In fact she is naturally peaches-and-cream complexioned, blonde-haired, and green-eyed. ...(Read Full Article)