Parents of NAACP leader say she misrepresented her race

The parents of an African-American civil rights organization leader say she has presented an “erroneous identity” by portraying herself as African-American.

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES (NBC) – Comments by the parents of a Washington state NAACP leader, that she is misrepresenting her race, have caused controversy to surround the civil rights activist.

Rachel Dolezal, aged 37, who is the head of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP, is white and not African-American, her parents said Friday (June 12).

“She wants to recreate reality, she wants to just invent it herself,” Dolezal’s mother, Ruthanne said.

Ruthanne and husband, Larry Dolezal, showed NBC photos they say prove their daughter, who has claimed in the past to be African-American, was misrepresenting herself.

“She knows it’s false but I think she’s told herself and others this erroneous identity that now she may believe this like she believes the truth,” she said.

The NAACP issued a statement on their website, throwing their full support behind Dolezal.

“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 statement read on their website.

“The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.”