NAACP leader's parents claim she's lying about being black

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NAACP Leader's Parents Say She's Lying About Her Ethnicity

A prominent NAACP activist in Washington state is being questioned after her parents told the media she's been lying about being black.

Rachel Dolezal, 37, has been the president of the NAACP in Spokane since January.

She's also a part-time professor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University.

Her family, who lives in Montana, recently told local media outlets that she's not black at all — but Czech, Swedish and German.

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Washington state civil rights advocate Rachel Dolezal is seen in the NBC's "Today" show studios in Manhattan, New York June 16, 2015. Dolezal, who has been accused of falsely claiming she is African-American, said on Tuesday she identifies as black and has been doing so since she was 5 years of age. Dolezal, in an interview on NBC's "Today" television show, said a major shift in her identity came when she was doing human rights work in Idaho and newspaper stories described her as transracial, biracial and black. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Washington state civil rights advocate Rachel Dolezal (R) hugs family member Izaiah Dolezal after her interview on the NBC's "Today" show studios in Manhattan, New York June 16, 2015. Dolezal, who has been accused of falsely claiming she is African-American, said on Tuesday she identifies as black and has been doing so since she was 5 years of age. Dolezal, in an interview on NBC's "Today" television show, said a major shift in her identity came when she was doing human rights work in Idaho and newspaper stories described her as transracial, biracial and black. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Washington state civil rights advocate Rachel Dolezal (C) smiles toward family member Izaiah Dolezal (L) while her son Franklin (R) stands nearby after her interview on the NBC's "Today" show studios in Manhattan, New York June 16, 2015. Dolezal, who has been accused of falsely claiming she is African-American, said on Tuesday she identifies as black and has been doing so since she was 5 years of age. Dolezal, in an interview on NBC's "Today" television show, said a major shift in her identity came when she was doing human rights work in Idaho and newspaper stories described her as transracial, biracial and black. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
People cheer during a protest in front of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) headquarters in Spokane, Washington June 15, 2015. Rachel Dolezal, a civil rights advocate who has been accused of falsely claiming she is black, announced her resignation on Monday as leader of a local branch of the NAACP in Washington state. REUTERS/David Ryder
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"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."

Dolezal says she's biracial and city job applications show that she's checked white, black and American Indian.

She's even identified a different man as her father on the NAACP's Facebook page.

"Ma'am, I was wondering if your dad really is an African-American man."

"I don't know what you're implying."

Rachel Dolezal Responds to Claims

Her mother told The Spokesman-Review that Dolezal, quote, "began to 'disguise herself' in 2006 or 2007, after the family had adopted four African-American children."

"It's very sad that Rachel has not just been herself. Her effectiveness in the causes of the African-American community would have been so much more viable, and she would have been more effective if she had just been honest with everybody."

In response to her parents' allegations, Dolezal told the Review that the issue is "not as easy as it seems. There are a lot of complexities ... and I don't know that everyone would understand that."

City officials said in a statement that they are investigating to determine if any city policies related to volunteer boards and commissions have been violated.

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