Preggers! Internet celebrity and former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal confirmed on Wednesday, Sept. 2, that she's pregnant and expecting her third child.
Dolezal told TMZ the news that she's currently in her second trimester. The activist also told the site that she's expecting a boy. However, she refused to reveal the identity of the baby's father. Dolezal is already mom to two sons, ages 21 and 13, the youngest whom she shares with her ex-husband, Kevin Moore.
Dolezal, 37, who was once the president of Spokane, Wash.'s local NAACP chapter, made headlines back in June after it was revealed that she had lied about her ethnicity. The mom of two claimed that she was an African-American, but her birth certificate proved that her mom and dad were both Caucasian. Amid the fallout, Dolezal resigned from the NAACP and became an Internet joke.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Dolezal's estranged parents, Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal, said they were just as "baffled" by their daughter's lie as the rest of the Internet. "We don’t know," Larry told Us at the time. "She’s the only one that can explain that." He added that they knew nothing about the black man pretending to be Rachel's father [Albert Wilkerson].
Her mom added that their intention was never to bring down their daughter. "No, we have not tried to expose Rachel. It was just when the press contacted us within the last week that we went ahead and talked to them and answered their questions," Ruthanne told Us at the time. "Before that no one had approached us and asked us those questions so we didn’t go about setting out to expose her."
In an interview with Vanity Fair in July, Dolezal said she didn't "mislead or deceive" anyone. “Everything I do is connected to other people, so I don’t know how to assess the damage other than within my own mind,” the activist told the mag. “It’s taken my entire life to negotiate how to identify, and I’ve done a lot of research and a lot of studying. I could have a long conversation, an academic conversation about that. I just feel like I didn’t mislead anybody; I didn’t deceive anybody. If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn’t say I’m African-American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.”
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