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(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane, Washington’s NAACP chapter, said she will make a statement Monday regarding the “questions and assumptions swirling in national and global 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 News affiliate KXLY-TV in Spokane reported.

But her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal, told Nightline via Skype that Rachel is their biological daughter and they are both white.

In a statement emailed Friday night, Rachel Dolezal said she will make a statement Monday evening at the monthly membership meeting.

“There are many layers to this situation,” she wrote. “The Executive Committee would like to open up to paid members the opportunity to have questions submitted by email. The Executive Committee would vet and then choose which questions to address after my personal statement. My sons and I would appreciate your thoughts, prayers and support during the interlude.”

Lawrence Dolezal said they have two biological children including Rachel. They also have four adopted children who are African American.

“But Rachel is clearly white as we are,” Lawrence Dolezal said.

“She has not explained to us why she has disguised herself and been deceptive about her ethnicity, so we can’t 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 website. She is now an adjunct professor in the Africana Studies program at Eastern Washington University, where she teaches African and African American Art History, African History, African American Culture, The Black Woman’s Struggle and Intro to Africana Studies, according to her university bio.

Her work focuses on “race, gender and class in the contemporary Diaspora with a specific emphasis on Black women in visual culture,” her university bio said.

“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 someone she is not. that is what is concerning to us.”

“She is so assimilated into their culture and their community that she may falsely consider herself African American,” Lawrence Dolezal said. “But by birth she certainly is not.”



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