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Netflix To Debut Documentary On Rachel Dolezal, “Transracial” Human Rights Advocate

Nicholas K. Geranios
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In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, then head of the Human Rights Education Institute, stands in front of a mural she painted at the institute's offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Rachel Dolezal, the former education director at Coeur d’Alene’s Human Rights Education Institute, will star in a new Netflix documentary after she claimed to be "transracial".

Dolezal made headlines in June of 2015 when media reports suggested that she falsely portrayed herself as black. Her mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, said at the time that her daughter was white but has portrayed herself as black.

Rachel Dolezal later stepped down as head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP citing the controversy over her race. She later said she identifies as a “transracial” black woman.

Now she’s back in the spotlight, after Netflix released a trailer for a new documentary called “The Rachel Divide” last week.

CNN reports that filmmaker Laura Brownson has been filming Dolezal for two years and will release the documentary on April 27.

In the trailer, her son Franklin expresses frustration that his mother is headed back into the limelight.

"I really do not want to focus on this for the rest of my life," he says.

He says the controversy over her race has affected him and his brother.

"I resent some of her choices and I resent some of the words she's spoken in interviews," he says.

The BBC reports that Netflix says Dolezal was not paid to be part of the documentary.

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