Not many people agree with Rachel Dolezal's decision to lie about her race, but there's one person who has her back — her sister. Dolezal's black adopted sister, Esther Dolezal, broke her silence about the scandal in a blog post on Monday, June 15.
"I fully support my sister," the 20-year-old captioned a photo of the two. "C'est la Vie. Viva la Vida. And F—k the System. Peace."
Esther went on to write a lengthier post titled "Fakeness," and called out others for tearing "down someone who has worked very hard" to succeed. "It amazes me how, after all these years, and the civil rights movement, it still comes down to what color someone is. It amazes me how far people will go to tear down someone's feeling of security," she wrote.
She continued: "For something that is making a difference, someone that is making positive changes in this messed up world, why would someone want to stop the good work they are doing? Why would someone want to reverse the positivity that has been created? Why does everything have to come down to race?"
Earlier this week, Rachel, 37, stepped down from her position as president of the Spokane, Wash. NAACP chapter after her Caucasian birth parents, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal, revealed her true background. Larry and Ruthanne, who raised Rachel in Montana, also adopted three other black children.
"People say it's fake. Everything that has been created," Esther continued in her blog post. "The unity, the community that has resulted. All the good that has, and people want to tear it down simply because of color."
She added: "They say leaders can't have secrets. That leaders can't have private lives with their families. That if there is one miscommunication, then nothing is true. Some things can't be understood I guess. But speaking of fakeness, think about the accusers. You think they don't have secrets?"
Rachel, who says she identifies as black, has also received support from her son Franklin and her adopted brother, Izaiah, over whom she has legal guardianship over.
"I was actually talking to one of my sons yesterday and he said, 'Mom, racially, you're human, and culturally you're black,'" Rachel told Matt Lauer on Tuesday, June 16. "We've had these conversations over the years. I do know they support the way that I identify and they support me, and ultimately, we have each other's back. We're the Three Musketeers."
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