A video has surfaced showing Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the Spokane, Washington, NAACP chapter, participating in a protest against police brutality in Baltimore last month, following the death of Freddie Gray.
In the video, Dolezal tells the assembled group of black protesters that she can identify with the problems they are having with police brutality in Baltimore. She relates how they had been having the same types of problems in the “other Washington.”
She mentions the case of Lorenzo Hayes, 37, who died in Spokane police custody on May 13 under some circumstances similar to Freddie Gray. Dolezal says she and others marched in protest in Washington because of this mysterious death.
She tells the Baltimore protesters that police brutality is “something that is affecting us nationwide, and if there is no justice, there will be no peace.”
She then starts leading them in a chant: “No justice, no peace. No racist police.”
Dolezal went on to meet with notorious Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, whose office has made several missteps in bringing its case against the six officers accused of involvement in the death of Freddie Gray, from listing the wrong people on arrest warrants to filing a motion in the wrong court.
As reported by Western Journalism, both Dolezal’s parents and her brother have confirmed that she is Caucasian. A birth certificate also proves her ethnicity.
Dolezal told Today’s Matt Lauer that she nonetheless identifies as black. She is raising two black sons.
“I have a huge issue with blackface. This is not some freak ‘Birth of a Nation’ mockery blackface performance,” she said. “This is on a very real, connected level. How I’ve had to go there with the experience, not just a visible representation, but with the experience.” (Birth of a Nation is the controversial film about the Civil War and Reconstruction period in the south, with a cast that included white actors portraying black people.)
NBC News reported that Dolezal resigned Monday from her position as president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington, chapter “amid the controversy surrounding her and claims she made about her race and upbringing.”
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