SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black.
Rachel Dolezal would not answer questions about her background in an interview with The Spokesman-Review newspaper.
“That question is not as easy as it seems,” she said Thursday. “There’s a lot of complexities … and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.”
Dolezal is president of the local branch of the civil-rights organization, an adjunct professor in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University and chairwoman of Spokane’s police oversight board.