Rachel Dolezal and Credibility in the Workplace

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Rachel Dolezal, former head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, flooded news headlines earlier this June when it was revealed that Dolezal was biologically Caucasian and not black as she claimed for years.

Dolezal’s family released a statement saying that Dolezal is not black, and has been “misrepresenting her race” for years on legal documents and to the people in her life. This eventually forced her resignation as the head of the NAACP chapter.

While some are accusing her of blackface, and others are agreeing that she is “transracial” because she still firmly states that she identifies as black, the bottom line is that she has marred her credibility.

Besides lying about her race, Dolezal has also given mixed messages about her past in general. She has told news organizations that she had been born in a teepee, that her parents abused her as a…

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