In an interview with the Spokesman-Review, Ruthanne Dolezal lamented “It's very sad that Rachel has not just been herself. Her effectiveness in the causes of the African-American community would have been so much more viable, and she would have been more effective if she had just been honest with everybody.”
Sadly, Dolezal was not honest, but she was just following the example set by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Professor Elizabeth Warren claimed that she was a Native American. This “minority” status allowed her to garner positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. When confronted by his use of the minority label, Warren claimed that she used it to meet other Native Americans. Of course, it was really used to advance her career. She parlayed her academic positions into a political career. Of course, it was all built on a deception, but since Warren is a liberal, it really does not matter.
In the case of deception, Dolezal was quite accomplished. She deceived her community for years, using her supposed minority status to land positions in government, academia and with the NAACP.
Her lies extended to social media and Dolezal posted pictures of her supposed African American father and children. In reality, her father is white and her “children” were in fact siblings adopted by her white parents.
Obviously, Dolezal was willing to take these chances because she not only identified with African Americans, but she realized that being a minority is a ticket to advancement in certain fields. It can lead to career advancement in academia, government, community activism and of course politics. It obviously worked quite well for not only Warren, but also President Barack Obama. While Barack Obama is half white, he considers himself an African American. Dolezal is not even half black, her ethnic background is from Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Now that her phony world has been exposed, it will be interesting to see whether Dolezal is able to survive in her civil rights leadership position. While she has purportedly been helping African Americans, Dolezal is, in reality, no better than Al Sharpton. She is another hustler, lying to those who are looking for leadership in all the wrong places.