The NAACP Is Standing by Rachel Dolezal

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The news buzzing around the internet this morning is the bizarre story of Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist that has been misrepresenting herself as a black women. In a recent interview with Dolezal’s parents, the couple stated that their daughter’s real heritage is white and not the one she’s been proclaiming for years.

Dolezal is the President of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, a  professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, and also maintains a column at The Inlander, where she often addressees and advocates for African American issues.

In a statement released by the National NAACP, they offer their support to Dolezal and stand behind her advocacy record.  

"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."

Whatever Rachel Dolezal's race is confirmed to be, one fact that can be stated is that she has been a vocal advocate for the rights and equality of African-Americans; a voice that hopefully has not silenced.

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