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This story is quite bizarre but there  is a media frenzy surrounding a woman named Rachel Dolezal, who is the local NAACP president of the Spokane, Washington chapter. Questions have arisen regarding whether Dolezal has been lying about being Black, and is actually Caucasian.

According to the Inlander, the Coeur d’Alene Press published an article in which Dolezal’s parents, both White, say their daughter had been lying about her race. They provided provided a picture and birth certificate as proof. When asked point blank if she was Black, Dolezal was literally speechless.

There have been other people who were suspicious of Dolezal’s claims as well, based on previous incidents, one of them being potentially faked hate mail.

Dolezal, who is an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University, and also chairwoman of the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, has not returned media inquiries about this. Spokane’s Mayor, David Condon, and City Council President Ben Stuckart say they are reviewing city policies in response to the allegations.

Meanwhile, Cedric Bradley, chair of the Spokane NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee, says there is still support for Dolezal in the organization, even describing her as a close friend.

“In my opinion, it wouldn’t make a difference to me,” says Bradley. “It’s not about black and white, it’s about what we can do for the community.”

I don’t even have anything witty to say about this. This is quite fascinating. It’s strange that a White woman would lie about her race but if she was doing good work with the NAACP does that negate the lie?

Then again, someone who would do that probably needs mental help.

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