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Just when you thought this Rachel Dolezal controversy couldn’t possibly get stranger, it just did. The white woman who fooled many into believing she was actually Black once sued Howard University for discrimination. 

Yes, HU. The Historically Black College & University (HBCU) got sued by a white woman, for discrimination.

Reports The Smoking Gun:

Rachel Dolezal, 37, who headed the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter, sued Howard for discrimination in 2002, the year she graduated from the historically black college with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Dolezal, then known as Rachel Moore, named the university and Professor Alfred Smith as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C.’s Superior Court. During the pendency of the civil case, Smith was chairman of Howard’s Department of Art.

According to a Court of Appeals opinion, Dolezal’s lawsuit “claimed discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender.” She alleged that Smith and other school officials improperly blocked her appointment to a teaching assistant post, rejected her application for a post-graduate instructorship, and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student.

The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was“motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over”her.

However, as has been the case since she became the center of national attention, Rachel Dolezal took an L.

A year and a half after her complaint, the lawsuit was dismissed. Despite several depositions by Dolezal, the judge found no evidence that she had been discriminated against.

To add salt to her struggle, she was order to pay back Howard’s lawyer fees of $2728.50 and another $1000 on top of that.

Guess white privilege doesn’t always work in your favor, eh?

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