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Ex-NAACP’s Rachel Dolezal answers: ‘How do you do your hair? Everybody’s asking’

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SPOKANE, Wa. — The ex-NAACP leader from Spokane has been in the spotlight for several days, accused of portraying herself as African-American even though she is white.

Rachel Dolezal spoke out for the first time yesterday, telling the “Today” show she identifies “as black.” Dolezal did not deny her parents are white, that she was born white, or that she has changed how she looks at herself over the years. And she admitted not having corrected various published reports over the years labeling her as transracial, biracial and black.

But one question on the mind of NBCBLK’s Amber Payne in another interview had to do with Dolezal’s hair.

“Everyone wants to know: How do you do your hair? Is it a perm, is it a weave?” Payne asked her. “Everybody’s asking.”

Dolezal first said “Well, because you are you, and I’m here, I’ll tell you, but like I said, if I were in a grocery store or anywhere else, I would be like…it’s none of your business.”

Dolezal then said, “Yes, this is a weave.”

Dolezal said she does her own hair, and likes to change it up with braids and dreadlocks.

In February 2015, Dolezal actually spoke to Eastern Washington University students about the history of black hair.


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  • tootietuttle

    typical liberal NBC viewer and voter…would you ask someone who just snowed you about facts and her mental illness…no…just ask her who does her hair.

  • dg54321

    Nobody is asking about her hair. Nobody is asking about anything, period. We just want her to get the treatment she so obviously needs.

    • tootietuttle

      read the article and go to the liberal nbc…they are asking about her hair and the mundane issues of the NAACP take a back seat. We obviously don’t need the NAACP, we need more hairstylists….they may as well enjoy their publicity.

      • dg54321

        LOL, we probably don’t need the NAACP OR hairstylists. But given the choice, I’d take the latter over the former. NAACP has lost any meaning in an age where a black man can be President.

        • "peety"

          All racism ended the day Obama was elected? Did you see the story about the Black girl scouts who appeared at a city council meeting to discuss climate change and the crowd shouted racist slurs at them?

          If you think we are not a society chock full of racists, then you are woefully uninformed.

          • dg54321

            Nope, you just make that one up Petey?

            There always will be individual racists. If there is any racism on an institutionalized level any longer, it is aimed at white people. This is clear from anybody capable of looking at the situation objectively, which you’ve proven yourself repeatedly incapable of doing.

          • "peety"

            always quick with an excuse to back pedal your comment. Of course there is institutional racism in America. Nothing has changed for the better, and since Obama, the racists are emboldened.

          • dg54321

            Thanks for, yet again, proving me right. You seem quite good at it. Thanks for sticking around, Petey….it’s like I don’t even have to try cause you dig your own holes.

  • d_2

    Typical Liberal context. Let’st get to the real issue here… how do you do your hair? How about… did you really claim a Black man to be your real father? Are you white? Did you tell your brothers to keep your secret? Did you unlawfully benefit from Affirmative Action opportunities? NO! Ask about her hair. The Today Show is laughable.

    • "peety"

      remember I was asking about motivation? Seems there is always more the to the story

      We have also heard testimonies from numerous homeschool alumni who grew up knowing the Dolezal family that frequent and significant child abuse occurred in the family. The parents allegedly forced both Rachel and her older, biological brother Joshua to beat their younger, adopted siblings with plumbing supply line and two foot long glue sticks, a practice inspired by Michael and Debi Pearl’s book, To Train Up a Child. (Forced sibling-to-sibling corporal punishment is sadly not uncommon in some homeschooling circles.) Such a practice conjures up troubling images of Larry and Carri Williams, another homeschooling family that abused to death their adopted child, Hana. According to our sources, infant spanking (in public in their church parking lot, even) and blanket training were also common in the Dolezal family. Additionally, Rachel’s adopted brother Izaiah Dolezal has himself raised public allegations against his parents involving physical punishment, forced labor, and isolation in out-of-state group homes.

      • dg54321

        Good Lord, you actually believe what you say, don’t you? What a line of horse manure you can conjure up out of nowhere. This woman is mentally ill and shouldn’t even be given anything but a padded cell and lots of therapy.

        Of course, the charges she’s about to face for fraud and perjury might have her wishing she was declared unfit to stand trial….

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