US civil rights agent outed as white woman

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Amer­i­can civil rights ac­tivist Rachel Dolezal has spo­ken out about the furore over her eth­nic­ity, which has sparked a heated de­bate around the world about racial iden­tity.

The 37-year-old spokesper­son for the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Colored Peo­ple – a civil rights or­gan­i­sa­tion for eth­nic mi­nori­ties in the US – told a re­porter from the Krem news por­tal: “I con­sider my­self to be black and I don’t give two s**ts what you think.”

Dolezal is ac­cused of iden­ti­fy­ing her­self as black in a job ap­pli­ca­tion, de­spite be­ing born to white par­ents who live in the ranch­ing and ce­real grain farm­ing state of Mon­tana.

Dolezal told jour­nal­ists she pre­ferred to be known as “black” rather than “African-Amer­i­can”.

Some on Twit­ter have re­marked that if Cait­lyn (for­merly Bruce) Jen­ner was al­lowed to be­come a woman, then Dolezal should be al­lowed to be black.

Oth­ers hit back, say­ing be­ing trans­gen­der and ly­ing about your race were dif­fer­ent is­sues.

On Fri­day, speak­ing from their home in Troy, Mon­tana, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal told CNN their daugh­ter had been mis­lead­ing peo­ple about her race since 2007. They also said she had cut them out of her life, fear­ing they would blow her cover.

Her mother said: “Rachel has cho­sen to dis­tance her­self from the fam­ily ... she doesn’t want to be seen with us be­cause it ru­ins her im­age.”

Dolezal works part time as an Africana Stud­ies pro­fes­sor at Eastern Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity.

Rachel Dolezal in her younger days (left) and how she looks now

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