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After Internet Backlash, White Woman Who Posed as Black Leader Has Resigned

Image Source: LinkedIn user Rachel Dolezal

Update: Rachel Dolezal, the woman who pretended to be black and ignited a controversy over her identity, has resigned from her position as President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP.

Original story: This just in: the president of the Spokane, WA, chapter of the NAACP has pretended to be black for years. And, of course, everyone is freaking out.

The woman in question is Rachel Dolezal, a professor of the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University and NAACP president. The story broke Thursday night, after a local newspaper in Washington, The Spokesman Review, published various quotes from Dolezal's parents stating that she is not African American, but rather has Czech, Swedish, and German roots with "faint traces of Native American heritage."

Dolezal, who holds a master's degree from Howard University, a historically black college she attended on a full scholarship, appears to have fabricated an entire life as an African-American woman, posting photos of her "natural curls" on her Facebook and identifying two young black men as her sons, but according to her parents, they are her adoptive brothers. "It's very sad that Rachel has not 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," said Ruthanne Dolezal, the mother of Rachel to The Spokesman Review.

Below is a video of Dolezal being questioned about her background and walking away after refusing to answer a reporter's question of whether or not she is African American.

Meanwhile, people are continuing to react on Twitter with several hashtags, including #RachelDolezal, #AskRachel, and #Blackreceipts, with more likely to follow. Under the first hashtag, people are wondering why a person would do this and the greater conversation around what it means to be black in America.

Under #AskRachel, several Twitter users are using the topic as a way of poking fun at themselves and to highlight their experiences as African Americans.

The conversation also took a more serious tone with #Blackreceipts, which was used by people who are lighter-skinned African Americans but wanted to show they weren't lying about their background.

There's also another hashtag associated with the news, but its roots arise from trolls on Tumblr. The hashtag, #Transracial, attempts to equate transgender people in the same vein as Rachel Dolezal, an African-American woman who was born into a white body.

While the reactions continue to pour in under these hashtags, there's still no official statement from Dolezal herself, but it is expected soon. Hopefully, she'll answer the biggest question on everyone's mind: Why would she ever pretend to be an African-American woman?

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