Spokane NAACP Stands By Dolezal, Waits For Explanation

Jun 12, 2015
Originally published on June 12, 2015 3:50 pm

The NAACP is standing behind the besieged president of the Spokane chapter, at least for the time being.

Rachel Dolezal came into the national spotlight after her parents revealed this week that their daughter is white.

Dolezal has been a prominent leader on civil rights causes in Spokane. She teaches part-time in Eastern Washington University’s Africana studies program. And she identifies as black.

But Dolezal’s parents told the press this week that she’s been lying about her race and shared her birth certificate and photos of Dolezal as a child in Montana.

The NAACP is taking a wait and see approach. The national organization in Baltimore released a statement calling it a legal issue with her family and said racial identity is not a qualifying factor for leadership in the organization.

The Spokane branch is holding a meeting on Monday where members say they hope to hear Dolezal’s version of the story. But Dolezal remains president of the local chapter.

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