It seems like the NAACP's Rachel Dolezal may have been telling a bit of a "white" lie.
Parents of the outspoken Eastern Washington civil rights leader are now claiming their daughter, the NAACP's Spokane, Washington chapter president, is actually white, not African American.
Rachel's estranged mother and accuser, Ruthanne Dolezal, said Rachel has been dawning makeup and a wig in an attempt to look African American since either 2006 or 2007.
Ruthanne also offered pretty compelling photographic evidence to support her claim.
The Dolezal family lives in Montana, where Rachel grew up.
It is unknown why she stopped contacting her parents, but The Easterner, an Eastern Washington University student-run newspaper, mentioned violence as one of the reasons she left the Dolezal home.
Her father disputes this claim.
Aside from the obvious ethical issues, the 37-year-old divorcée now faces a city ethics probe as she marked she was African American on an application to serve on the local police ombudsman commission.
Dolezal avoided questions about the claims on Thursday, saying she wanted to discuss the situation with her executive committee before she discussed, what she described as, this “multi-layered” issue further.
In an interview with The Spokesman-Review, she said the question was more complex than it seems.
In the same interview Dolezal also claimed,
We're all from the African continent.