Forbidden Words Update: A Statement from Washington State University President

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Washington State announces it will not allow professors to ban words they don’t like – thecollegefix.com

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University Thwarts Prof’s Attempt to Punish Students for Referring to Men and Women as ‘Male’ and ‘Female’

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University deeply values the tenets of freedom of expression for every member of our community, including all students, faculty and staff. Those First Amendment rights are reinforced in our policies, procedures and practices. Read the rest of this entry »


Rachel, Interrupted: Spokane Mayor Calls For Dolezal To Resign From Police Panel

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two top Spokane officials have called for Rachel Dolezal to resign immediately from the eastern Washington city’s volunteer police ombudsman commission.

Dolezal stepped down this week as president of the local NAACP chapter after her parents said she was a white woman who had been posing as black.

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Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart said Wednesday that Dolezal and two others should remove themselves from the five-member commission after an independent investigation found they had acted improperly and violated government rules. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Celebrating Mental Illness and Fraud in Prime Time: Rachel Dolezal on Today Show

Rachel Dolezal told NBC’s TODAY show she began identifying herself as black as early as the age of 5 years old, drawing pictures of herself with dark, kinky hair and dark skin.

“I identify as black,” she said. She said her hair style and light brown skin — “I didn’t stay out of the sun” — prompted people to assume she was black. She acknowledged that she didn’t correct people who made the assumption.

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It was her first interview since news stories went viral last week detailing how Dolezal’s parents say she is white.

On Monday night, Dolezal’s parents told CNN that when she was growing up, she gave no indication that she might want to take on a new racial identity. Rachel Dolezal’s World Crumbles After Racial Identity Flap.

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Rachel Dolezal carefully constructed a life as a black civil rights activist in the last decade in the inland Northwest, but that world is falling apart… Read the rest of this entry »


REWIND: Eastern Washington University Quietly Removes Rachel Dolezal from Africana Studies Department Homepage

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American Power:

…her mug used to be proudly displayed at the department’s website, but it’s gone now. The Google search for her name there redirects as well…

From John Nolte, at Big Government via American Power


BREAKING: Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as President of Spokane NAACP

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Exposed for Reporting Fictional Hate Crimes, Caught Misrepresenting her Ethnic Identity, Outed by Her Own Mom, Rachel Dolenzal Resigns Presidency of NAACP

SPOKANE, Washington –  The President of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP resigned her post Monday morning after days of controversy swirled around her own ethnicity…rachel-d-busted!

“This is not about me. It’s about justice.”

Here is the complete statement:

Dear Executive Committee and NAACP Members,

It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation. Many issues face us now that drive at the theme of urgency. Police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement, health inequities, and a lack of pro-justice political representation are among the concerns at the forefront of the current administration of the Spokane NAACP. And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.

I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions – absent the full story. I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion. Additionally, I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm.

While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness, we can NOT afford to lose sight of the five Game Changers (Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Health & Healthcare, Education, Economic Sustainability, and Voting Rights & Political Representation) that affect millions, often with a life or death outcome. The movement is larger than a moment in time or a single person’s story, and I hope that everyone offers their robust support of the Journey for Justice campaign that the NAACP launches today!

I am delighted that so many organizations and individuals have supported and collaborated with the Spokane NAACP under my leadership to grow this branch into one of the healthiest in the nation in 5 short months. In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP.

It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley. It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.

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[VIDEO] A Glass of Wine with Rachel Dolenzal: Exploring the Psychological Effects of Seeing Old White Men Depicted On U.S. Currency

#RachelDolezal: Hey, what’s the deal with all these rich oppressive old white men on U.S. currency?

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White Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal discusses the psychological effects of having rich white men as the face of US currency as a constant ‘reminder of who’s in charge’.

via ▶ Rachel Dolezal Resents Rich White Men On US Currency – YouTube.


THE DOLEZALAGEDDON: Identity Politics Superstar Rachel Dolenzal Triggers Thermonuclear Media Meltdown

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Busted by Her Own Mother, Washington State NAACP Leader Who Falsely Claimed to be Black Becomes Global Internet Phenomenon

Controversy erupted around a local NAACP leader in Washington state Thursday after family members told a local newspaper that she had misrepresented herself as black.

Rachel Dolezal is the head of the NAACP’s chapter in Spokane and is also a part-time professor in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington UniversityThe Spokane Spokesman-Review says that Dolezal described her ethnicity as white, black, and American Indian in an application to be the volunteer chairwoman of the city’s Police Ombudsman Commission, a position to which she was duly appointed.

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“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.”

— Rachel’s mom Ruthanne Dolezal

But Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne, told the paper that the family’s actual ancestry is Czech, Swedish, and German, along with some “faint traces” of Native American heritage.

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“It’s very sad that Rachel has not just been herself,” Ruthanne Dolezal said. “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.”

“Kurt Neumaier also told the paper that he was suspicious of several racially motivated incidents reported by Dolezal while she was in Coeur d’Alene. One specific incident he cited was the discovery of a swastika on the Human Rights Education Institute’s door on a day when the organization’s security cameras had been ‘mysteriously turned off’. ‘None of them passed the smell test,’ Neumaier said.”

Ruthanne Dolezal said that her daughter began to “disguise herself” in the mid-2000s, after the family had adopted four African-American children.

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Rachel Dolezal did not immediately respond to her mother’s claim when contacted by the Spokesman-Review, first saying “I feel like I owe [the NAACP] executive committee conversation” about what she called a “multi-layered issue.”

After being contacted again, Dolezal said, “That question is not as easy as it seems. There’s a lot of complexities … and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.” Later, she said, “We’re all from the African continent,” an apparent reference to scientific studies tracing the origin of human life to east Africa. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] WHAT? Did NAACP President Rachel Dolezal Lie About Her Race? City Investigates

NAACP President’s Mom Says Daughter Pretending to Be Black

Parents of Spokane civil rights leader say she’s been lying about her race for years

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Washington State – The City of Spokane announced Thursday is investigating whether the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP violated the city’s code of ethics in her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission. rachel-d-busted!

“Rachel is very good at using her artistic skills to transform herself.”

—  Rachel’s mom, Ruthanne, in a telephone interview

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Gawker‘s Brendan O’Connor has this:

The city of Spokane, Washington has opened an investigation into whether Rachel Dolezal, the president of the local chapter of the NAACP, lied about her race when she identified herself as African-American on her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission, thereby violating the city’s code of ethics.

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In addition to serving as the chair of the police commission and president of the local NAACP chapter—which the Spokesman Review credits her with revitalizing—Dolezal works as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington UniversityHere she is delivering a lecture on the cultural significance of black women’s hair.

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However! Dolezal’s birth certificate lists her biological parents as Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal of Montana. On Thursday, Ruthanne and Lawrence confirmed to the Coeur d’Alene Press that Rachel is their biological daughter—and that they are both white:

They backed up the claim with a copy of their daughter’s birth certificate and photos. The images show a younger, pale, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Dolezal who looks much different than the woman with caramel-colored skin now leading the Spokane NAACP and helping review claims of police misconduct in that city.

“Rachel is very good at using her artistic skills to transform herself,” Ruthanne said in a recent telephone interview. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] High School Player Kicks 67-Yard Field Goal (Exceeds NFL Record) Bravo!

A high school football game in Spokane, Washing, may have just set a record!

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BREAKING: Two Killed in Shooting at Cancer Treatment Center

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SPOKANE, Wash. – KING5.com Seattle reports: Two people were fatally shot at Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center near Deaconess Hospital Tuesday morning. Authorities said around 10:15 that one suspect was in custody.

The medical center is located in the Downtown area, along West 5th and Monroe. Read the rest of this entry »


2 Gonzaga Students On Probation For Obeying the Law, Having Common Sense, and Exercising Good Judgement

334This is a case that I’m cautious not to draw conclusions about yet. Obviously the students absolutely should have a legal right to do what  they did (law-abiding, acted responsibly, permits on record) and because of the nature of the threat, and their reaction to it, public sympathy is on their side.

They are caught in a conflict between overlapping policies, an unintended consequence of well-intended but perhaps ovezealous rule-making. Though I’m reluctant to assign ill intentions on the part of the school, or law enforcement, it clearly exposes a flaw in the school’s policy and the local justice system’s approach to protecting the rights (and the common-sense safety instincts) of students and citizens in the community. Keep in mind, a crime was prevented. No one was harmed. The intruder is a multiple felon, against whom the threat of force is justified.

glock-17_hrWe hope the students’ rights prevail. Otherwise it sets a very bad precedent. Confiscating a legally-owned firearm from responsible, law-abiding students, while this is under review, is overreach, in my opinion. The only thing I can say is, a member of the student body of a Jesuit University is operating in a legally different environment than the rest of civil society–and the right to bear arms is not completely without situational variations like this. Universities need to review these policies, not after a crisis occurs, but  ideally, before. This could prompt other universities to consider the flaws in their policies, too. –Butcher

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga University will review its weapons policy as two students who used a pistol to scare off an intruder appeal their probation for having guns in their university-owned apartment.

Executive Vice President Earl Martin said Monday the university will try to turn the incident into a teachable moment by re-examining its no-weapons policy.

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Delbert Belton murder suspect transferred, second suspect wanted

SPOKANE, Wash– Police transferred one of the suspect’s accused of killing a World War II veteran on Friday.

KREM 2 News received the first look at Demetrius Glenn, 16, in police custody as he was transferred from a juvenile detention facility to the main Spokane County Jail campus. Authorities said Glenn will be charged as an adult and booked at the main campus. He will later be transferred back to the juvenile detention facility for the weekend.

Police Chief Frank Straub held a brief press conference Friday about the investigation into the beating death of an Delbert Belton, 88.

Officers arrested Glenn Thursday night in Spokane. He and Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, do have gang ties according to Straub. Both teenage suspects are African American. However, Straub said the attack was not racially motivated.

Due to the severity of the crime, KREM 2 News is releasing the names of the juveniles suspected of the crime.

PHOTOS: Victim and suspects 

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