Rachel Dolezal’s Brother Weighs In On Sister’s Controversy & Let’s Just Say He Has Some Harsh Words
Ezra Dolezal, the adopted brother of Rachel Dolezel, who is 25% African-American, has accused Rachel as being a “slap in the face” for claiming to have dealt with African-American struggles.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Erza said that his sister once told him not to “blow her cover” during a visit following Rachel’s move to Spokane, Washington.
“She just told me, ‘Over here, I’m going to be considered black, and I have a black father. Don’t blow my cover.’”
That’s when Rachel was making her transition from a Caucasian woman to an “African-American” woman.
Ezra said the physical transformation started in 2011 when Rachel began applying lots of makeup to her skin to make herself appear darker. Rachel also permed and dyed her naturally straight and blonde hair.
“She puts dark makeup on her face and says she black. It’s basically blackface.”
Erza, who has become a hot commodity for media outlets since the story broke last Thursday, told CNN that Rachel has only been African-American when it could “benefit” her:
“It’s kind of a slap in the face to African-Americans because she doesn’t know what it’s like to be black. She’s only been African-American when it benefited her. She hasn’t been through all the struggles. She’s only been African-American the last few years.”
The NAACP said that racial identity does not disqualify someone from holding a top position in the organization, and that the NAACP will completely support Dolezal and her advocacy record.