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Decades before Rachel Dolezal, there was Mark Stebbins in a Stockton scandal

Decades before Rachel Dolezal, there was Mark Stebbins in a Stockton scandal

Rachel Dolezal's story is not new. This has all happened before — three decades ago, in an epic city council battle in California that has long faded from public memory. A light-skinned public figure who claimed to be black turned out to have white parents. A feisty council race turned into a national curiosity as reporters flocked to cover an unexpected breach in America's unwritten racial rules. The Dolezal case has sparked often passionate debate over identity, privilege and, in lighthearted moments, the proper deployment of a hair weave. She quit as president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., after her parents outed her as white. In Stockton in 1983, the...

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