Rachel Dolezal filed discrimination lawsuit against Howard University in 2002 for being white

As FOX 5 reported on Friday, when former NAACP Spokane chapter president Rachel Dolezal went to Howard University for graduate school over a decade ago, she was openly white.

In 2000, 2001 and 2003, Dolezal received three speeding tickets in Virginia -- where she lived in those years -- and all three court documents listed her race as white.

On Monday, we have uncovered that after Dolezal graduated from Howard University in 2002, she filed a lawsuit against the historically black college for discriminating against her for being white.

She asked for damages for "medical and emotional distress."

But a judge dismissed the case saying he found no evidence of discrimination. The appeals court upheld that ruling and ordered Dolezal pay the university $2,700 for the lawsuit costs.

Dolezal resigned from her position at the NAACP on Monday. She wrote a lengthy letter to the NAACP's executive committee and members, which the chapter then posted on its Facebook page.

In her letter, the only reference Dolezal made about lying about being black is this: "...the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity."

While Dolezal's parents have come out on camera to say their daughter is white, Dolezal was unapologetic in her letter. She wrote, "This is not me quitting; this is a continuum. It's about moving the cause of human rights and the Black Liberation Movement along the continuum from Resistance to Chattel Slavery to Abolition to Defiance of Jim Crow to the building of Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment."

A series of videos have been posted on YouTube by student Lauren Campbell who interviewed Dolezal for her senior thesis about her experience as a black woman.

"The gaze is so strong," said Dolezal in one of the videos. "This is all a white community where you have that sense of being an object that's viewed, so you're on display whenever you're out in public, so the only place you get a break from that is at home. And I think that's a fairly universal experience in very much majority white area for black women."

Now, legal experts are questioning whether Dolezal has broken any laws. She has reported many hate crimes against her to police, but none have ever been prosecuted.

The most recent incident involved the post office, which could potentially be a federal crime. Also, the NAACP could file a lawsuit against her for fraud or just let the whole matter drop.

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