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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sociopath alert: Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP who teaches Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, has gotten a fair amount of publicity in the past 24 hours for having lied about her ethnicity.

Here she is in her current incarnation:


And here are two pictures as a child which her parents provided:



Steve Sailer has already asked the philosophical question, if Bruce Jenner can have implants and wear a dress and call himself a woman, why can't Donezal dye her hair, curl it, get a tan, and call herself black?

(His point, of course, being that neither can do so, at least not honestly.)

In any case, it's hardly a surprise that Donezal is a pathological liar in other ways as well. This morning the NY Daily News ran an article detailing some of her other lies. An excerpt:

Rachel Dolezal, who heads Spokane’s NAACP chapter and teaches Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, refused to directly answers any questions about her alleged racial ruse after it was exposed.

A KXLY reporter bluntly asked her, “Are you African American?”

After a stunned pause, she replied: "“I don’t understand the question."

The question of her race "is not as easy as it seems," Dolezal told the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

"We're all from the African continent," she added…

“It is very disturbing that she has become so dishonest,” Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, told the Idaho newspaper.

Her parents also alleged a much wider web of warped lies Dolezal spun about her background. A black man who Dolezal has publicly claimed to be her son is in fact her adopted brother, they said — a fact Dolezal confirmed to the paper.

Dolezal also lied about growing up in a teepee, hunting for her own food with bows and arrows, being abused by a stepfather and once living in South Africa, her parents said.

Some of her family members did live in South Africa for four years, but “Rachel did not even ever visit us there,” her mom said.

Dolezal initially maintained that she is African-American, telling the Coeur d'Alene Press: "They can DNA test me if they want to…"


Donezal's initial bluster -- offering to be DNA-tested -- is typical of a sociopath. (They never lack for nerve.) 

Her later lawyerly evasions ("I don't understand the question…. We're all from the African continent.") are also typical of sociopaths. It's sort of lying without lying, though Dolezal is not particularly good at it. 

Wanting to appear noble is another sociopathic trait. (Dolezal was on a police oversight committee in Spokane, meaning, she was posing as a protector of the "oppressed.") 

And wanting to appear as a victim (of abuse from her stepfather) is also typical. In fact, the whole idea of a white who wants to pose as a black speaks to that as well, given the current political climate.

What's surprising about Dolezal is that she was outed by her parents, who seem to be upset by her lies. Usually sociopaths come from very dysfunctional backgrounds, with families which are fundamentally dishonest themselves. That doesn't seem to be the case here.

Exactly what was it that turned Dolezal into a sociopath? We'll probably never know. 

What we do know is that she is one. 

(Thank you to Birdie for having pointed this case out.)

Update: this post now has a Part II and Part III

44 comments:

Pavonine99 said...

I wouldn't compare her to Jenner though- Jenner is open about his transexuality, whereas Dolezal clearly never wanted her true ethic origins made public.

John Craig said...

Pavonine --
Good point. He/she is honest, while she is nothing but a scam artist.

Remnant said...

I will leave the diagnoses of sociopathy to John since I don't have a knack for. But in this case I will say there is more going on. The parents are very much to blame for how this woman is acting. As the Daily Mail article link below reveals, the woman's parents adopted four very black African and Hatian children. The article also show her marrying a black man in 2000, when she would have been 22 or 23. Based on the ages of the black adopted children in that photo, the black children could have need adopted by her parents when she was in her late teens. It seems to me that she absorbed a subliminal feeling that she needed to be black in order for her parents to love her. Imagine the psychological damage done to a biological child by being surrounded by four extremely alien children who one's parents have intentionally chosen and all that implies: the resources to be given them, the love and attention to be given them. I think this woman cracked under that rejection.

She may or may not be an innate sociopath, but her parents actions no doubt contributed to its particular expression in this case.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3122205/White-NAACP-leader-pretended-black-pictured-time-scandal-broke-responds-atatcks-saying-don-t-two-sh-ts-gusy-think.html

While I'm at it look at this story of this "kind" family who adopted eight children from war-ravaged Sierra Lione and brought them into the lives of their two noticeably younger and smaller children's lives. What a blessed and enviable childhood those white kids will have! Thanks, Mom!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674919/Meet-Jones-Dozen-Tennessee-couple-Brangelina-world-record-adoption-EIGHT-children-Sierra-Leone-orphanage.html

John Craig said...

Remnant --
That's a really good point about the parents. I did read later on about the four adopted black children, and yes, maybe that did get things a little twisted around in her mind when it came to what it took to win her parents' love. On the other hand, the article you linked said that her interest in diversity predated that adoption, and her other lies (growing up in a tepee, hunting for her own food with bows and arrow, being abused by her stepfather) have relatively little to do with race. (Although who knows, it almost sounds as if she was preparing to pose as a Native American at one point; and ironically, she actually is supposed to have a little Native American blood.)

And the nature of her lying is also sociopathic. The initial bluster and the misleading evasions are typical. Plus, how did she rise to become the head of the local NAACP. Even in a relatively small organization like the one in Spokane, it must take a certain amount of maneuvering to become head of the chapter. Plus, how did she get on that police review board? I'm sticking with my diagnosis, though you do raise a good point.

And yes, that well-meaning couple who adopted the eight Sierra Leonians are the kind of idiots who have no concept of what they're doing.

You also got me to thinking about something else: can you imagine how screwed up Brangelina's kids are going to be? And Tom Cruise's, and Madonna's? All of these kids seem to me to have been adopted almost as props, as exhibits to show how noble and "enlightened" their parents are. Not the best psychological underpinnings for a healthy, happy, productive life.

Anonymous said...

During the day yesterday, I was mulling this story over in my mind - what is going on with this woman - if you're white, why live your life as a black woman? A good chunk of her time is being spent acting "as if" she's of another race (she's got the hair down, that's for sure). Watching news clips of this woman, she doesn't strike me as being remorseful about her "double life" having been uncovered, that she has literally duped people into thinking she's something that she's not, namely, a black woman. She's an interesting case study of a sociopath.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
Obviously, she enjoys posing as a "victim," one of the "oppressed."

Remnant is right, though, her upbringing must have been really screwy, what with those parents who adopted four black children and who obviously worshipped at the altar of diversity.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I've thought about her family-of-origin (appreciating Remnant's input) - something had to have been going on there that was off-kilter, profoundly affecting her. I noticed that when a reporter asked her if she was African American, she became quiet. The sociopath that I know, when confronted with any of his "dirty deeds," he would get quiet, wouldn't answer the question, was mum on the subject. Also, she's not embarrassed over the fact that her ruse has been uncovered (another typical sociopathic response), instead, according to the Daily Mail article, she's defiant. Sociopaths (no matter what anyone tells me) are totally screwed up in the head.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
You're right, the lack of embarrassment is also a sociopathic tell. As well as the defiance.

Anonymous said...

John--I would say beyond a shadow of a doubt this woman is a total sociopath regardless of anything else. And I do not agree with the idea that it's her parents that screwed her up. With minor exceptions, I don't think parents "create" a sociopath except in circumstances of extreme abuse, which this was not. What this kid (woman) refuses to do is take responsibility for her life and see reality for what it is. What she's chosen to do instead is to allow herself to adapt what most blacks in this country do which is to play the victim, take no responsibility or accountability, or acceptance of reality-despite her not being black. In essence, blacks victimize themselves, they are their own worst enemy. Brian

John Craig said...

Brian --
You're right, this woman is a sociopath. That said, the particular form her deception took was at least in part an outgrowth of her parents' attitudes about race.

I actually think that most sociopaths become that way because of their lack of a close bond in the first few years of life, meaning, the parents (or rather, lack of parenting) has a lot to do with it.

Steven said...

Have you seen the latest Nobel prize winner fired for being honest?

https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/great-scientist-fired-for-telling-the-truth/

Steven said...

This is your type of thing too:

https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/i-support-eric-casebolt-hero/

John Craig said...

Steven --
I had heard about Sir Tim Hunt. Ridiculous. He and James Watson got their Novels for discovering a truth, and now they've both been fired for being honest. What a world.

I'd heard about Casebolt, too, and seen the film of him, but hadn't known the backstory. That was very enlightening, and, I guess, typical. Thank you for that.

Anonymous said...

Wow...what year is it? Comments describing blacks as aliens, irresponsible victims who lack accountability and contributing to a screwy upbringing take away from an otherwise good read. Perhaps the racists should kneel at the diversity altar...or at any altar, for that matter. Don't try to drag down those who are further along on their evolutionary path to enlightenment. Discover acceptance and empathy and stop blaming stereotypical labels for this woman's crazy, dysfunctional psychological state.

John Craig said...

Anon --
It's 2015, and political correctness has imbued all of the useful idiots with a self-righteous fervor which overrides any sense of reality. As far as Remnant's comment describing the four adopted siblings, they came from Haiti and Africa, so in fact were aliens, even if they were legal ones.

You seem to have stumbled into the wrong place: this blog is for people who are realistic about human differences, not those who willfully blind themselves in the name of "acceptance" and "empathy." (Why is it that people who DO worship at the altar of diversity always object so strenuously to any sort of realistic discussion of how we diverge?)

And where, by the way, is your empathy for those who have not willfully blinded themselves?

Remnant said...

A few clarifications.

My comment was not intended to absolve her of responsibility and blame it all on her parents (although I may have given that impression). I was pointing out that her pathologies took the direction they did because of the decisions her parents made. It is an open question as to whether she would have developed into a pure sociopath without that influence, but I don't deny that she is to blame for her own actions. At the same time, it is strange that her parents seem so blind to the possibility that the environment they created may have had extremely powerful effects on their daughter's psyche. They are pointing out their adoption of black children as showing how open-minded they are but they are blind to the possibility that this led their biological child to feel rejected.

As far as my choice of words that so shocked anonymous above, a brief grammar and vocabulary lesson. I described the adopted children in that family and cultural context as "extremely alien children". Alien is an adjective, not a noun in that sentence. Alien as adjective means, among other things and as the context necessarily required where I used it, "unlike one's own; strange; not belonging to one." That is obviously what I meant. Four African and Hatian children brought into a white family in Lincoln, Montana, I would definitely describe them as alien (adjective, not noun) in that context. If that Lincoln family moved to sub-Saharan Africa or Haiti, I would describe them as "extremely alien" (adjective, not noun) there.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that there is money involved. She had a job that she would not have been considered for if she had told the truth about her race. She was also vying for power in the community--and money also follows that power.

I agree that she is a psychopath. The way that she chose to make a living was a parasitic state position (teaching useful subjects is NOT parasitic). She is a drama queen (hate crimes being reported left and right)and an obvious poser (but, adopting her brother? WTF?).

John Craig said...

Remnant --
I think we're both wasting our breath; people like the Anon above don't return for a two-sided discussion, they just like to huff in outrage so they can feel virtuous, and move on.

John Craig said...

8:18PM Anon --
Yes, good points. She is a parasite, and sociopaths are often drama queens.

Mark Caplan said...

Anonymous celebrates diversity, but thinks it's taboo to mention differences.

Remnant said...

Yep, agreed.

Steven said...

Somebody should make a gallery of Nobel prize winners and professors like Larry Summers who lost their job for saying something un-pc. The theme song could be 'another one bites the dust'.

John Craig said...

Steven --
The smartest guys say the most politically incorrect things. I've been vaguely planning to write a post about that at some point. William Shockley. Arthur Jensen. Richard Herrnstein. James Watson. Tim Hunt. Larry Summers. Etc.

Mark Caplan said...

Larry Summers isn't a Nobel laureate. Summers somehow acquired a reputation for having colossal intelligence without ever actually writing or saying anything very bright. He did have a major hand in the 2008 financial meltdown when he blocked a serious proposal to regulate complex derivatives well before economic the collapse.

John Craig said...

Mark --
True, Summers never won a Nobel, and neither did Jensen or Herrnstein, but all three have reputations as brainiacs. (I met Herrnstein once, and he certainly gave off those vibes.) You may be right about Summers, but his resume is certainly that of a bright guy: entered MIT at 16 to study physics, switched to economics, youngest tenured professor at Harvard, etc. I know, there are a lot of people with impressive resumes who aren't in fact anywhere near as bright as commonly assumed, and there are also people who are brilliant at one thing and this makes them think they're brilliant at everything, which isn't the case. I"m not sure where Summers falls on this continuum. As far as his blocking the proposal to rein in the derivatives trading, I'm not even sure if that was bad judgment or quasi-corruption given his Wall Street connections, which paid him handsomely. But I've always gotten the impression of him that he was a very bright (as well as a nasty and abrasive) guy.

Steven said...

If you're going to mention Hernstein, give a shout out to Murray.

And check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozfaLzjjZyE

John Craig said...

Steven --
Yes, Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, he's another one.

And yes, the brave Anonymous above who says he's further along on the path to evolutionary enlightenment would approve of "hate speech" laws. Mustn't tell the truth.

Quartermain said...

Two more wrinkles to the story:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/06/what_did_rachel_dolezal_do_to_her_adopted_brother_izaiah.html

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/06/rachel_dolezal_case_prepare_for_more_shocks.html

John Craig said...

Allan --
Thank you. Accusing her parents of having whipped their adopted children because they were black? Her credibility is way past the point of repair. The weird thing is, the parents seem well intentioned enough, if a little misguided. How did they raise a sociopath?

Quartermain said...

Here's another one:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tamerragriffin/rachel-dolezal-once-told-a-student-she-did-not-look-hispanic#.niBV16Q4lM

Maybe her friends or peers in school may have had a "do what thou wilt" or "ends justify the means mentality.

John Craig said...

Allan --
That's pretty rich. Well, hypocrisy is another socipoathic hallmark.

This was plainly a case of the pot calling the kettle white.

Quartermain said...

Under the heading of birds of a feather:

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/sharpton-questions-motives-dolezals-parents

John Craig said...

Allan --
Thank you for that. For Sharpton to speak out about dysfunctional families is also rich. He grew up in a family where his father left his mother for that mother's older daughter. And Sharpton's own daughter just sued NYC for $5 million because of "permanent injuries" she received from a crack in the sidewalk or something like that, then she sent out pictures of herself climbing a mountain on social media. Al Sharpton himself can't be blamed for either of those things directly, but they do reflect on him, and in any case, he shouldn't be talking about dysfunctional families.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Rachel Dolezal will return to her white roots, looking like a white woman every day or will she just continue trying to look like a black woman?

- birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
That's an interesting question. I wonder. It'll be interesting to follow her afterwards, learn what she's up to. But the media often loses interest after a while, as with Casey Anthony. What is she up to? Who knows.

Shaun F said...

John - I wanted to actually address your specific remark (June 13, 2015 at 9:37 AM) about "lack of a close bond in the first few years of life." Here is my framework -a lot of parents farm their children out to day care - for the formative years (1-4) then off to grade school and into the machine. I have always suspected that there is some benefit to a mother being at home with her child as something happens that cannot be tangibly measured between the mother and child - a bond is formed (God only knows what that means.) However, with all these children farmed out to daycare for those formative years, and the opportunity cost being "lack of a close bond in the first few years"....you kind of see where I'm going? One person mentioned how when the younger generation gets older they will gladly farm their parents out to old age homes to die, as they were farmed out to daycares when they were young. There is a big societal push to “socialize children” but that doesn’t actually mean children bond with their parents. If you’re in a position to expand on this, I’d be interested in your thoughts. However, as this is a fairly specfic comment thread, I can understand how you'd want to keep things relevant.

John Craig said...

Shaun --
Thanks for asking the question. I actually don't have all that much to add to what you've said, other than to say I agree with it. Day care is a very poor substitute for a mother's love, and children who get the somewhat impersonal care they will receive in a place like that will miss out on the kind of nurturing. The proof of this, in a way, is that kids who grow up in orphanages are far more likely to be sociopaths. witness all those kids who were adopted from Romanian orphanages by well intentioned couples here in the US and ended up with little monsters on their hands. And yes, the farming out of parents who farmed out their own kids has a certain neat psychological symmetry to it, and it makes sense that those kids would have less of a bond with their parents, feel less responsibility towards them, and would also be burdened less by an overall sense of responsibility towards other people as a whole -- i.e., have less of a conscience.

Reading about Dolezal, I've wondered a few times how that bond between her and her parents got broken, or, probably more to the point, how it never got established in the first place. I watched them on a news show last night and they seemed normal enough, but of course there's often not much you can glean from a three minute interview.

Shaun F said...

John - Thanks for your reply. The simple fact that people don't grasp this, is disturbing. Sigh! Anyway, onward!

Shaun F said...

John - Thanks for your reply. The simple fact that people don't grasp this, is disturbing. Sigh! Anyway, onward!

Mac said...

She is a woman?....well at least I think she is, so thus she can never be accountable for being the psychopath that she so clearly is....so, we must level blame at anything and anyone else. First stop...it must be the parents fault (particularly the father)...then society etc.etc......deep yawn.

Steven said...

Sky news discussion on Sir Tim Hunt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCaEO6ue_io


This guy is brilliant.

John Craig said...

Steven --
Yes, Yiannapoulos (sp?) was fantastic. And it was all the more devastating because he was so polite. What was also interesting was that the feminist was making all of these blatantly "sexist" statements like "women are more sensitive, women are more empathic" which, had they been equivalent statements coming from the other side ("men are more logical"), would have been lambasted as antediluvian and outdated and wrongheaded.

Anonymous said...

I saw Rachel Dolezol yesterday morning on the Today show. She has a book coming out soon. Of course, she still self identifies as being black. I guess these days, we can become whatever race we fancy being (lol).

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
I'll be curious to see how her book is received by the critics, and whether it sells. I think she's one the liberal press would rather would just go away.