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Rachel Dolezal Is Asked About Father’s Race in Interview with ABC’s Spokane Affiliate

Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane, Washington’s NAACP chapter, has been in the spotlight ever since she walked away mid-interview from ABC affiliate KXLY in Spokane Wednesday when asked if her parents are white.

When applying for a spot on Spokane’s Police Ombudsman Commission — of which she is now chairwoman — Dolezal identified herself as white, black and American Indian, KXLY reported.

But Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal told KXLY that Dolezal is their biological daughter and they are both white.

According to KXLY, Dolezal reported various hate crimes to police more than the past couple of years. In Wednesday’s interview with KXLY reporter Jeff Humphrey, Dolezal mentioned her family members has been harassed eight times, like an incident when her sons discovered “what looked like a noose” in their garden.

Dolezal said she most recently received a packet of hateful letters at the NAACP’s post workplace box.

The KXLY interview was in response to the hate crime reports.

Late Friday, police mentioned they have been suspending the investigation into the letters simply because there had been no new leads, the affiliate reported.

Here is a portion of Dolezal’s interview with KXLY, ahead of it came to an abrupt end:

KXLY: Men and women hear that you have a key [to the post workplace box] and know that you’ve been victimized prior to. What would you say to the people that say maybe you place that letter in there mainly because you had been one of the men and women that had the keys to do so?

Dolezal: “I do not know that I even have any words for that. Simply because as a mother of two black sons I would never ever terrorize my youngsters, and I do not know any mother, personally, that that would trump up or fabricate anything that extreme, that would impact her little ones.

My son had slept for two weeks in my bed right after we received a package. And he’s thirteen years old — that’s the sort of terror, that I as a mother, and my son, as a black male thirteen-year-old in Spokane, in no way desires to encounter.”

KXLY: Is that your Dad?

Dolezal: “Yeah, that is my dad.”

KXLY: This man suitable here is your father? Proper there?

Dolezal: “You have a query about that?”

KXLY: Yes, ma’am. I was questioning if your Dad seriously is an African American man?

Dolezal: “That is a very, I mean I do not I don’t know what you happen to be implying.”

KXLY: Are you African-American?

Dolezal: “I never, I do not fully grasp the question. I did tell you that, yes, that is my dad. And he was unable to come in January.”

KXLY: Are your parents, are they white?

Dolezal: “I refuse.” Dolezal walks away and turns off her mic.

Whilst the NAACP is backing Dolezal, the city of Spokane stated Thursday it is investigating whether or not her claims with regards to her ethnicity violated any city policies.

ABC News’ attempts to reach Rachel, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal right now were unsuccessful.

ABC News’ Jake Chang contributed to this report.

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