Rachel Dolezal, a US civil rights leader who posed as a black woman for decades, has announced that she is pregnant. TMZ reports that the shamed former president of the Spokane, Washington, branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is in her second trimester and expecting a boy.
Just like the 37-year-old activist, her unborn child's race remains ambiguous as she has not revealed the identity of the father. Dolezal, who has two adopted sons, aged 13 and 21, previously dated two African-American men. She was married but she divorced the first 10 years ago and later became engaged to another man until they split in 2013.
Dolezal made headlines in June after it emerged that she was white and had been masquerading as an African-American. Her birth parents outed her in an interview to KREM 2, a local CBS-affiliated TV station in her city. "She's our birth daughter and we're both of European descent," they said.
Much of the controversy lay in the fact that Dolezal has given paid talks about her experience growing up as a black woman and also that she has claimed to have been the victim of hate speech. But she said that although it was newspapers that identified her as black but that she never corrected them.
In the wake of the scandal, Dolezal, who was as elected as the president of the Spokane branch of the NAACP stepped down. "I don't put on blackface as a performance," she said in an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show, "I identify as black.
"As much as this discussion has somewhat been at my expense recently, and in a very sort of viciously inhumane way come out of the woodwork, the discussion is really about what it is to be human," she said. "I hope that that can drive at the core of definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self-determination, personal agency and, ultimately, empowerment."