Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane, Washington’s NAACP chapter, mentioned she will make a statement Monday with regards to the “concerns and assumptions swirling in national and worldwide news about my family, my race, my credibility, and the NAACP.”
For years, Rachel Dolezal, 37, has identified herself publicly as African American. 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, ABC affiliate KXLY-Tv in Spokane reported.
But her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal, told “Nightline” through Skype that Rachel is their biological daughter and they are each white.
In a statement emailed Friday night, Rachel Dolezal mentioned she will make a statement Monday evening at the month-to-month membership meeting.
“There are lots of layers to this scenario,” she wrote. “The Executive Committee would like to open up to paid members the chance to have concerns submitted by email. The Executive Committee would vet and then opt for which queries to address right after my personal statement. My sons and I would appreciate your thoughts, prayers and support during the interlude.”
Lawrence Dolezal mentioned they have two biological children like Rachel. They also have four adopted young children who are African American.
“But Rachel is clearly white as we are,” Lawrence Dolezal mentioned.
“She has not explained to us why she has disguised herself and been deceptive about her ethnicity, so we cannot explain to you,” Ruthanne Dolezal said.
Rachel Dolezal received her master’s degree from the historically black Howard University, according to her biography on the Eastern Washington University site. She is now an adjunct professor in the Africana Studies program at Eastern Washington University, exactly where she teaches African and African American Art History, African History, African American Culture, The Black Woman’s Struggle and Intro to Africana Research, according to her university bio.
Her work focuses on “race, gender and class in the contemporary Diaspora with a distinct emphasis on Black girls in visual culture,” her university bio mentioned.
“We’ve always supported her activism for justice and equality,” Ruthanne Dolezal added. “But this deceptive side and the way she’s tried to represent herself as somebody she is not. that is what is regarding to us.”
“She is so assimilated into their culture and their neighborhood that she may possibly falsely consider herself African American,” Lawrence Dolezal said. “But by birth she undoubtedly is not.”