A NAACP chapter in Inland Northwest has recently appointed leader a white woman about whom her family members claim she had been pretending to be black for years.
On Thursday, Rachel Dolezal, 47, declined to comment on the allegations because she felt like she first owed NAACP’s executive committee a “conversation.” She described the controversy regarding her race and ethnicity as a “multi-layered” issue.
“That question is not as easy as it seems. There’s a lot of complexities … and I don’t know that everyone would understand that,”
she told reporters after being contacted at Eastern Washington University where she is a “Black Studies educator.”
She said that according to latest studies which portray the black continent as the cradle of life “we are all from the African Continent.”
Nevertheless, Dolezane is a very energetic activist of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)’s Spokane chapter. She was also elected chairwoman of Spokane City Halls’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission. On her application form for the volunteer position she identified herself as African-American, white and American Indian.
She is also known by the local police for filing various harassment complaints related to her race. Yet, currently her own family challenges her identity as African American by saying that she had made up large portions of her life.
Her mother told a local newspaper Thursday, that she hadn’t heard from Dolezal in years. She also said that the woman started to “disguise herself” about seven or eight years ago after the Dolezals adopted four African American children.
Her mother also said that she was very saddened by Rachel’s refusal to “just be herself.” She also said that her behavior also negatively impacted her work with the NAACP since her lies ruined her credibility among both black and white communities.
Rachel Dolezal, however, thinks that the recent controversy is just an ugly outcome of the endless quarrels that had divided her family for years. Her mother also noted that the family long knew about her daughter misinterpreting her racial status, but they didn’t comment upon it until recently.
Rachel’s mother explained that the family has German, Czech and Swedish roots and “faint traces” of Native Americans. She also offered press a copy of her daughter’s birth certificate.
In the meantime, Spokane City Hall has started an investigation into Rachel’s claims that she has multi-ethnic origins from her application form for chairwoman at the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission.
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