Seems like everyone wants to be Black these days, except of course, when facing the actual consequences that come along with it. The President of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP is under fire for lying about her racial background and misrepresenting herself as a biracial African-American.
The City of Spokane announced Thursday it’s investigating whether the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP violated the city’s code of ethics in her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission. Rachel Dolezal serves as chair of the independent commission, in addition to her work as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington University and president of the NAACP local chapter. On her application to serve on the commission, she identified herself as African-American.
But public records, including Dolezal’s own birth certificate, list her biological parents as Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal of Montana.The Dolezals told KXLY Thursday that Rachel is their biological daughter and that they are both white.
“We are committed to independent citizen oversight and take very seriously the concerns raised regarding the chair of the independent citizen police ombudsman commission,” Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart said it a joint statement Thursday. “We are gathering facts to determine if any city policies related to volunteer boards and commissions have been violated. That information will be reviewed by the City Council, which has oversight of city boards and commissions.”
On the NAACP Spokane Facebook page, a picture was posted earlier this year showing Dolezal and an African-American man. In the post, he’s identified as Dolezal’s father.
Dolezal ended an interview when she was asked if she was African-American. And allegations that she was harassed with racist hate mail have also been questioned as the Postal Service has confirmed that mail in her post office box was placed there by someone with a key to the box.