Rachel Dolezal, a local National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) leader has been accused of portraying herself as black, despite records showing that she was born to white parents.
Her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence, have also confirmed that their daughter is white, telling KREM 2 News that they wanted people to know that Rachel is Caucasian, specifically Czech, Swedish and German. There is also a trace of Native American heritage in the family.
Dolezal has identified herself as white, black and Native American in application forms.
Responding to the allegations being made against her, Dolezal appeared uncomfortable during an interview with ABC KXLY.
In the interview, Dolezal is shown a picture of her father by reporter Jeff Humphrey, who asks whether he is her father. After saying the image was indeed her dad, she asks, "Do you have a question about that?"
"Yes, ma'am," Humphrey replies, "I was wondering whether your dad really is an African-American man?"
"That's a very...I don't know what you're implying," Dolezal replies.
"Are you African- American?"
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According to her parents, Dolezal, a part-time Africana Studies professor at a Eastern Washington University, had been misleading people for years.Reuse content