Rachel Dolezal’s adopted brother Ezra told Buzzfeed News that his sister warned him not to out her as white when she moved to Spokane. “She just told me, ‘Over here, I’m going to be considered black, and I have a black father. Don’t blow my cover,’” Ezra said.
Dolezal left Montana—and her parents—for Spokane in 2012. “She wanted to make a new life for herself but she took it to the ultimate extreme,” Ezra—who identified himself as “25 percent black” to the Washington Post—said. “Not only did she move out to Spokane, but she created a whole new identity for herself.”
Ezra also offered an explanation for Rachel’s apparently intimate knowledge of black women’s hair. “My younger sister Esther is fully African-American and Rachel used to do her hair a lot. She really enjoyed it, so she already knew a lot about hair products and started applying them to herself,” he said.