Rachel Dolezal’s little white lie about being black has created a flurry of responses, nationwide. Much to the consternation of many, the NAACP has released a statement in support of the president of the Spokane, WA NAACP:
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.
Dolezal’s true identity was exposed when her parents, Ruthanne and Larry, stepped forward to tell the media that they and their daughter are white. In an interview with the Spokesman-Review they said that she had been pretending to be a black woman since 2006 or 2007.
Dolezal maintains her blackness while under investigation to determine whether or not she violated a code of ethics when she identified as white, black and American Indian on an application for the citizen police ombudsman commission (which she is chair of).
Despite what her parents say, the NAACP president has unabashedly gone on record in an interview with Sky News today to say, “I don’t give two shits what you guys think,” and further said that people who question who she is don’t understand the definition of race and identity.
When asked if she identified as African American, Dolezal said that she didn’t understand the question and affirmed that she does identify as black.