Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University claiming bias because she was white
The white woman who passed herself off as black for years sued her alma mater, Howard University, for discrimination, claiming that the school discriminated against her because she was white.
And no, I'm not making this up.
Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, sued Howard University after she received her graduate degree there, claiming the historically black college had discriminated against her because she was white.
Dolezal resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP Monday, just days after her parents told local media outlets that their daughter had misrepresented herself as fully or partially black. In reality, they said, their daughter's ancestry is German, Swedish, and Czech, with some Native American background as well.
WTTG reported that Dolezal filed her lawsuit against Howard in 2002, asking for damages due to "medical and emotional distress."
Dolezal, who then went by her married name, Rachel Moore, claimed the university blocked her appointment as a teaching assistant, failed to hire her as an art teacher upon graduation and removed some of her pieces from a student art exhibition in favor of works by African-American students. In 2005, the D.C. appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling throwing out the lawsuit and Dolezal was ordered to pay the university $2,700 to cover the costs of the lawsuit.
WTTG also reported that Dolezal had received three speeding tickets in Virginia, where she lived while attending school, in 2000, 2001, and 2003. All three court documents listed her race as white.
David Smedley, an associate professor of sculpture at Howard, told the Washington Post that Dolezal's race was never in question during her time at the school.
"She was a blue-eyed, blonde woman," Smedley told the paper.
In addition to her departure from the NAACP, Dolezal was fired Monday as a weekly columnist for The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Spokane's alternative weekly, and her contract as an instructor at Eastern Washington University was not renewed.
City officials are investigating whether she lied about her ethnicity when she landed an appointment to Spokane's police oversight board. On her application, she said her ethnic origins included white, black and American Indian.
On Friday, police said they were suspending investigations into racial harassment complaints filed by Dolezal before the uproar, including one from earlier this year in which she said she received hate mail at her NAACP office.
Police released files showing that one package did not bear a date stamp or barcode, meaning it was probably not handled through the post office.
There is no greater sin in the eyes of racialists than "inauthenticity." Dolezal may have defrauded the Spokane government but that's forgivable. She may have lied, cheated, made false accusations, and plagiarized her art, but those transgressions pale in comparison to her not being a real victim of white racism.
There will probably be further revelations regarding Dolezal, but in truth, she's been ruined beyond salvage. She won't be able to teach. Her career as a champion of civil rights is over. Indeed, there's only one avenue open for her to make a living; write a book and hit the speaker's circuit. I'm sure the book will be a real page turner.