Transcript for Head of NAACP Chapter in Spokane Questioned About Her Race
Carolina, none of the injuries series. And the uproar about the head of the local naacp chapter, did she misrepresent her race? Rachel Dolezal, her parents claim she's falsely portraying her as black. Steve osunsami, with the controversy over race. Reporter: At the center of this controversy tonight is Rachel Dolezal, the president of the Spokane chapter of the naacp, seen here at speaking at a civil rights rally. Like Maya Angelou says, through all of the struggle and all of the pain, we still rise. Reporter: And while she never said to the world that she was truly ethnically african-american, her estranged parents are coming forward tonight saying she's been pretending, telling KREM TV in Washington state that she's really caucasian and grew up blonde-haired and blue-eyed, changing her appearance to look black. Our daughter is primarily German and Czech and of european descent. So, she's white. Reporter: When confronted by a reporter, carrying a picture of the black man she claims is her father, she stuttered. Are you african-american? I don't understand the question. I did tell you yes, that is my dad. Are your parents -- are they white? Reporter: Race is a delicate and fluid concept, and no matter what's in her blood, no one can dispute she identifies as african-american. She graduated from historically black Howard university. And as she told sky news, she and her family are distant, and fighting legal issues. Yes, I do consider myself to be black. Reporter: Tonight, the naacp is looking past the issue, saying anyone can join and she does good work, writing that one's racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for naacp leadership. But in black communities and on line tonight, there is outrage and offense taken. That black isn't something that you learn to be or you can wash right out of your hair, Amy.
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