The president of the Spokane, Wash. chapter of the NAACP has claimed for years to be part African-American and that she has been targeted in numerous hate crimes. But in fact, 37-year-old Rachel Dolezal is not black at all, her parents say. She’s white, and she was born in Montana, and she’s lied about many other details of her past.
One bizarre claim Dolezal has made, according to The Couer d’Alene Press, is that she was born in a teepee and that she has a son who is black. But a young man Dolezal claims is her child is actually her adopted brother. Dolezal’s parents, Larry and Ruthanne, adopted four African orphans between 1993 and 1995.