Interesting Links: May 16, 2015

Here are links to some interesting news articles that I came across today. They are about some of the less obvious, but very important details, behind the currently hot Rachel Dolezal story.

Link 1: Rachel Dolezal grew up in strict, cult-like Christian family, brother writes in memoir

The two siblings, born just two years apart, were raised in tiny Troy, Mont., by Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal, ex-hippies who turned to religion for life’s answers. Their zealot father spoke in tongues and made them wait to eat dinner every night while he read a chapter of the Bible, the memoir said. The family of evangelists had no TV and little contact with the outside world. Joshua Dolezal wrote in a memoir that he and her sister Rachel Dolezal were raised in a cult-like Christian home where her father spoke in tongues and the kids were banned from watching TV and reading books. Joshua Dolezal wrote in a memoir that he and her sister Rachel Dolezal were raised in a cult-like Christian home where her father spoke in tongues and the kids were banned from watching TV and reading books. Larry Dolezal delivered both his children at home, and put on the birth certificates that Jesus Christ was the witness, Joshua Dolezal wrote.

Link 2: Inside The Alleged Abuse Scandal That Destroyed The Dolezal Family

The criminal case that Rachel Dolezal said led her parents to spitefully reveal that the former president of the Spokane, Washington, NAACP is biologically white involves charges that her older brother sexually abused their adopted black sister — allegations her parents told BuzzFeed News were fabricated. As first reported by the New York Daily News, Joshua Dolezal, 39, is facing four counts of sexually assaulting a child in Colorado after being arrested in March 2014. He was released on a $15,000 bond after his arrest and works as an associate professor of English at Central College in Pella, Iowa. According to a Colorado affidavit and arrest warrant reviewed by BuzzFeed News, the alleged abuse occurred in the Dolezal home between 2001 and 2002. The documents state that the alleged victim was age 6 or 7 when the abuse was allegedly carried out by Joshua, who court documents said was 19 years older than the alleged victim. The documents obscure the identity and gender of the victim, but Rachel Dolezal previously told the Spokesman-Review of a “Colorado lawsuit filed by her sister against their brother.”

Rachel and Josh’s parents, Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal, confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday that their adopted daughter Esther had made the criminal complaints, but said the allegations were “absolutely untrue.” BuzzFeed News has contacted both Esther and Joshua Dolezal for comment. Dolezal would follow [redacted] into bathroom and would make [redacted] undress and would touch [redacted] and [redacted] area on [redacted] skin. This happened over 20 times,” according to an affidavit prepared by Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office Detective Al Billinger. According to the affidavit, the alleged victim told police Joshua Dolezal repeatedly made her touch his penis and perform oral sex on him. He allegedly threatened his victim with harm if she spoke out. The affidavit also says the victim told her adoptive mother, who did not believe her “lies.” However, the alleged victim was eventually placed in “a home for abused children,” according to the affidavit. The affidavit also claimed “that Joshua Dolezal had victimized [redacted] older sister” — a possible reference to Rachel.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. ant
    June 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    With a crazy family, no wonder Rachael went on to the dark side. Can’t blame her.

  2. Yusef
    June 18, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I’ve spent time in Troy, Montana. I love that part of the country. Wild, mountainous, free. I wouldn’t consider it a disadvantage to have grown up there. This woman may ultimately have contributed something important to our society — in being exposed she has exposed something soft, dishonest, mystified, in our ways of relating to one another — but she is despicable. So far, she’s responded despicably, too. If she gets away with this it’ll be another sign Americans are no longer able to distinguish reason from rationalization, rationalization from reality.

  3. The Plague Doctor
    June 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm

  4. P Ray
    September 23, 2015 at 6:35 am

    The rise of White aborigines in Australia is a close parallel:
    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/column_the_new_tribe_of_white_blacks/P40/
    AS you see, the two men above are from a tribe of people who face terrible racism just because of the colour of their skin.

    So you’ll be thrilled that both have won a rare opportunity – one offered to their race alone to end such injustice.

    The man to the right, Sydney arts academic Danie Mellor, this week won our richest prize for Aboriginal artists – the $40,000 Telstra Award.

    And the man to the left, Sydney law academic Mark McMillan, has won one of our richest prizes for Aboriginal students – the Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship.

    If, studying the faces of these two “Aboriginal” men you think this is surely the most amazing stretch of definition, you’re wrong.

    McMillan has gone one better still: he’s also won the Black Women’s Action in Education Foundation Scholarship, originally intended to help educate black women, not white men.

    But that’s modern race politics at our universities and anywhere else where grants and privileges are now doled out.

    Hear that scuffling at the trough? That’s the sound of black people being elbowed out by white people shouting “but I’m Aboriginal, too”. Hark! – is that a man’s voice I now hear bellowing: “And I’m an Aboriginal woman.”

    • P Ray
      September 23, 2015 at 6:37 am

      Let McMillan himself describe the torture he’s faced as a result – the shocking pain of having not been discriminated against for being black.

      “I am a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned Aboriginal Australian . . .

      “As a child, I grew up expecting everyone to be like me, to look like me – with the blonde hair and blue eyes.

      “Clearly, my naive ideas about how Aboriginal people were ‘supposed’ to look were wrong. But being Aboriginal and fair and blonde was normal to me and I grew up in a world where I was treated ‘normally’ . . .

      “Impeding my growth from that young person into the adult I wanted to become was the profound issue of identity. I was a white black man . . . I was becoming a victim.”

      You’d swear this was from a satire—a local version of Sasha Baron Cohen’s jive-talking routine as the fashionably aggrieved white rapper Ali G, complaining: “Is it cos I is black?”

      But no, this is meant seriously, and serious perks and Aboriginal-only benefits flow as a consequence.

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