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UPDATE: Friday, June 12th 12 p.m.

The NAACP has released a statement:

NAACP Statement on Rachel Dolezal

Baltimore, MD – For 106 years, the National  Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds. NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record. In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational, and economic justice for all people, and we encourage Americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization.

Hate language sent through mail and social media along with credible threats continue to be a serious issue for our units in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. We take all threats seriously  and encourage the FBI and the Department of Justice to fully investigate each occurrence.


The President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP is apparently not African-American, even though she’s been trying to disguise herself as such for years.

According to reports, the parents of Rachel Dolezal – who is also a chairwoman of the city’s police oversight – revealed their daughter is actually Caucasian.

Dolezal also reportedly has been teaching Africana studies at Eastern Washington University, and received her master’s degree from Howard University.

The Spokesman-Review reports:

Dolezal misrepresented herself on her application for the city commission, writing that her ethnicity included white, black, and American Indian. Officials told the Spokesman-Review they were investigating if she violated any city policies.

To read more on Dolezal, head over to BuzzFeed.

SOURCE: Spokesman-ReviewBuzzFeed | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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