The parents of Rachel Dolezal, the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Washington, have told several media news outlets that their daughter has lied numerous times about her racial background, calling her out to admit that she was born into a Caucasian family.
Spokane NAACP President Dolezal, who is identified being African-American in official papers, has estranged herself from her parents for some time and is apparently having a legal dispute with them according to a NAACP statement. Her parents Lawrence and Ruthenne Dolezal have reached out towards several national news agencies on Friday to inform that their daughter’s real ethnicity is Caucasian. The case has since garnered nationwide attention and sparked debates regarding race and identity.
In a Skype interview with Today News on Saturday, the 37-year old NAACP Spokane chapter president’s parents have said that they did not know or understand the reason for which she desired to hide her real ethnicity, but stated that they did not want to partake in her lie and called her out to set the matter straight. They have also claimed that their lineage includes Swedish, Czech, German and Native American backgrounds but no known African-American heritage.
CNN has obtained court documents dated back to 2010 which trace a legal battle between Dolezal and her parents for the guardianship of her African-American adopted brother. Her adopted brother, who is now 21, apparently filled an emancipation claim against his parents as he sought to live with his sister, blaming physical punishment on their part and the fact that the siblings were often sent away to group homes due to non-compliance with their parents’ religion and rules. The petition was ultimately dropped and Rachel Dolezal was granted guardianship of her brother in a separate settlement with the approval of her parents.
The NAACP, one of the oldest and most important black civil rights movements, have backed Dolezal in a statement posted on Friday in which the group says it supports her advocacy record and points out that Dolezal is currently having a legal dispute with her parents, without offering other information. Dolezal’s parents have not commented on the claim and no reports have yet surfaced regarding the nature of the alleged dispute.
A Facebook post from Spokane NAACP’s official page dated January 14th this year presents Dolezal standing next to an older African-American male, claiming that it was her father and the he would show up and speak as a special guest at a ribbon cutting of a new NAACP office five days later.
Image Source: Spokane NAACP’s Facebook Page