According to her mother, the senior inclusion officer of a social justice organization with headquarters in Philadelphia has been lying about her ethnicity for years, claiming to be a woman of color while being “as white as the driven snow.”
According to the Intercept, Raquel Evita Saraswati, 39, formerly known as Rachel Elizabeth Seidel, is the American Friends Service Committee’s top equity, inclusion, and culture officer who battles “violence, inequality, and oppression.”
The Muslim activist has long claimed to be of Hispanic, South Asian, and Arab ancestry and has access to the workers’ and volunteers’ files of the progressive Quaker organization.
But her mother, Carol Perone, said Saraswati is actually of British, German and Italian descent.
“I call her Rachel. I don’t know why she’s doing what she’s doing,” Perone told the Intercept. “I’m as white as the driven snow and so is she.”
She added: “I’m German and British, and her father was Calabrese Italian. She’s chosen to live a lie, and I find that very, very sad.”
At high school, Perone’s daughter converted to Islam and felt pressured for some reason to show a distinct ethnic identity.
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