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.