Another Element in the Supposed Scandal:

Rachel Dolezal in Baltimore

June 22, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


From a reader in Baltimore

The article at revcom—“Who Benefits from the Wall-to-Wall Coverage of Rachel Dolezal?”—poses the basic question: Who benefits from this wall-to-wall coverage of Rachel Dolezal? And whose interests does this serve, at a time when the eyes of the world have been focused on police brutality and murder of Black and Latino people, and now on the racist massacre in Charleston?

That’s the big picture. In that light, though, I want to talk about the story of Rachel Dolezal coming to Baltimore to speak out against the police murder of Freddie Gray and the battle against police murder.

As readers might know, Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP, got forced out of her position when a white couple announced they were her biological parents. On May 19, right before this so-called “scandal” hit, Rachel Dolezal flew out from Seattle to Baltimore to be part of a protest rally and march to the headquarters of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police called by members of Freddie Gray’s family, and taken up by people in the area around where Freddie had lived, and a number of middle class people of different nationalities joined them.

The article in Revolution said that a woman representing the NAACP in Tacoma, Washington, fresh from the fight around the police murder of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, spoke to the national importance of the battle against murder by police now. I want to note here that this woman was Rachel Dolezal. For their own reactionary reasons, the Baltimore FOP posted a video of her speech on YouTube, but the speech was what the article said it was. I suggest readers watch it on YouTube and think about how this factors into the supposed scandal about the “race” of Rachel Dolezal’s biological parents.



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