When Rachel Dolezal went on “Today” on Tuesday to say “I definitely am not white,” much of her family seemed estranged from her. Parents Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal outed Rachel as white; older brother Joshua Dolezal faces sexual assault charges the parents allege were orchestrated by Rachel; adopted brothers Ezra and Zach Dolezal have denounced her in the media.
Rachel Dolezal, it seems, has the support of just two adult members of her immediate family as she moves past her resignation from the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. First, there is Izaiah, her adopted brother who she, in turn, has adopted. Second, there is a woman yet to surface in most accounts of the Dolezal family saga: Esther Dolezal, Rachel’s adopted sister.
On Monday, Esther Dolezal posted what appears to be an image of her and Rachel Dolezal on her blog C’est La Vie.
“I fully support my sister,” she wrote.
In the post, Esther Dolezal, who did not return requests for comment, took issue with those who criticized her sister’s racial self-identity.
“It amazes me how fast people are willing to tear down someone who has worked very hard to get where they are,” she wrote. “It amazes me how, after all these years, and the civil rights movement, it still comes down to what color someone is.”
A photograph of woman who appears to be Esther Dolezal posted to Esther Dolezal’s Facebook page.
Esther Dolezal, 20, was adopted by the Dolezals in 1995, Lawrence Dolezal said. She is black, and was among the four young children adopted by the Dolezals in four years.
“Ruthanne and I share a strong, pro-life, faith-based conviction,” Lawrence Dolezal told The Washington Post last week. “It’s was a matter for prayer and discussion at the dinner table with our two older children [Josh and Rachel]. When we adopted Ezra, it was kind of the start of everything.”
Esther Dolezal’s Facebook page — where she is friends with brother Izaiah Dolezal — said that she attended North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a city about 30 minutes from Spokane. In an interview with The Post last week, Zach Dolezal implied Esther had taken Rachel’s side in the Dolezal family dispute.
“Esther is also on the list to stay away from at the moment,” he said. “… We are dealing with an internal family issue.”
Here’s Esther Dolezal’s complete post:
It amazes me how fast people are willing to tear down someone who has worked very hard to get where they are. 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. How someone will use anyone they can to tear someone down. Not only do they target that person, they have to target everyone they know and love. Not caring about the chaos they leave in their wake. Not caring who, or what they destroy as long as there is ultimate pandemonium in the end.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?Fakeness.People say it’s fake. Everything that has been created. The unity, the community that has resulted. All the good that has, and people want to tear it down simply because of color.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?C’est La Vie.
Viva La Vida.
And F— the System.
Signed, hot_tunes …aka. Esther Dolezal
(In case you thought I was lying about my name)