The parents of a Washington NAACP leader say their daughter has been lying about her race for years.

Rachel Dolezal, the president of the NAACP in Spokane, Wash., is white and of European descent, but has been falsely portraying herself as black, according to her parents.

“I think she’s told herself as well as she’s told others this erroneous identity of hers enough that by now she may believe it more than she believes the truth,” her mom, Ruthann Dolezal, said.


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Ruthann described the family as being of Czech, Swedish and German descent, with a very small number of Native American ancestors.

The Spokesman-Review reported:

Dolezal, 37, avoided answering questions directly about her race and ethnicity Thursday, saying, “I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation” before engaging in a broader discussion with the community about what she described as a “multi-layered” issue.

“That question is not as easy as it seems,” she said after being contacted at Eastern Washington University, where she’s a part-time professor in the Africana Studies Program. “There’s a lot of complexities … and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.”

Later, in an apparent reference to studies tracing the scientific origins of human life to Africa, Dolezal added: “We’re all from the African continent.”

Dolezal identified herself as white, black and American Indian on a job application to the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission.

Spokane City Hall is opening an inquiry to determine whether any policies have been violated.

Dolezal said that she hasn’t spoken to her parents in more than a year.

Larry Dolezal, Rachel's father, told Buzzfeed News that the family is "puzzled" about her actions, calling the situation "very sad."

In a Facebook post earlier this year, the Spokane NAACP announced that Dolezal's father would be coming to town for a ceremony. 

The post appears to identify him as a black man. 

President Dolezal's father announced today that he will be coming to town for the January 19th ribbon-cutting ceremony...

Posted by Spokane NAACP on Tuesday, January 13, 2015


In other posts on social media and in interviews, Dolezal reportedly has claimed to have black sons. 


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