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Rachel Dolezal's Controversial Name Change Is Offending A Lot Of People, And It's Easy To See Why

By Mark Pygas

If you're not familiar with the epic story behind Rachel Dolezal, buckle in, because it's a long ride. Dolezal is the former leader of the Spokane National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) who ignited a firestorm in 2015 when it was revealed that she was white, and had been passing herself off as African American for years. Despite wearing her hair in "natural" styles many black women wear and boasting a graduate degree from Howard University, an historically black university, she was "outed" as white by her estranged family.