It's the story shocking the nation: Rachel Dolezal is white, but she's passing as a black woman. She's even president of the local chapter of the NAACP.
In an old photo, she is a freckle-faced white girl with blonde hair. And today, she looks noticeably different.
The story is so unbelievable it's the top trending topic in the world on Twitter.
And you'll never guess who outed her: her own parents!
"Our daughter is primarily German and Czech, and of European descent. She's white," said her mom, Ruthanne Dolezal.
Her parents provided photos of Dolezal as a young woman, and of her birth certificate, which says she was born in Lincoln County, Montana.
"She's a blonde, blue-eyed, freckle-faced girl," said her dad, Lawrence Dolezal.
Why did her parents expose her? Turns out she is estranged from her family and they've had no contact for years.
"Rachel has wanted to be someone she's not. She's chosen not to just be herself, but to represent herself as an African-American woman," said her mom.
As her story unraveled, Rachel was confronted by a local TV reporter in Spokane, Washington.
"Would you identify yourself as African-American"? asked the reporter.
She replied, "I don't like the term African-American. I prefer ‘black’ and I would say that if I was asked, I would definitely say, I do consider myself to be black."
She was asked whether she understood why people find all this odd.
"I can understand that. It's more important for me to clarify that with the black community and with my executive board," she said.
Rachel appears to have gone to extraordinary lengths to appear black for years, starting with the hair, thought to be the result of a perm. There are pictures of her wearing corn rows.
She got her master's at Howard University. She teaches Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University. In one clip, she lectures about black hair.
Rachel was once married to a black man. INSIDE EDITION shows you their wedding photo.
Recently, she posted a photo online with a black man she claimed to be her dad.
Rachel serves on the local Spokane police commission. On her application, she checked several ethnicities including black, but also white and American-Indian. The city is investigating whether she violated any policies.
Her mother said, "She could accomplish the work that she set out to do in the beginning by being herself."
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