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White NAACP Pretender Once Sued a Black University for Discrimination

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White NAACP Pretender Once Sued a Black University for Discrimination

The Smoking Gun website reports that Rachel Dolezal, the (now former) NAACP official who masqueraded as black sued Howard University in 2002 for denying her teaching posts and a scholarship because – wait for it – she was a white woman.

Dolezal, then known as Rachel Moore, sued the historically black college for discrimination the year she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree, contending that Howard was “permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult.” She named the university and Professor Alfred Smith, chairman of Howard’s Department of Art, as defendants, and included “claims for medical and emotional distress damages” in the suit.

According to a Court of Appeals opinion, Dolezal’s lawsuit “claimed discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender.” She alleged that Smith and other school officials improperly blocked her appointment to a teaching assistant post, rejected her application for a post-graduate instructorship, and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student.

 

The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was“motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over”her.

Judge Zoe Bush dismissed Dolezal’s complaint in February 2004. The judge found no evidence that Dolezal was discriminated on the basis of race or other factors. The Washington D.C. Court of Appeals subsequently affirmed Bush’s decision.

Dolezal was ordered to reimburse Howard for costs totaling $2728.50 as well as nearly $1000 for an “obstructive and vexatious” court filing that sought to improperly delay her examination by an independent doctor.

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