'Her effectiveness in the causes of the African-American community would have been so much more viable, and she would have been more effective if she had just been honest with everybody.' 'We respect her privacy in this matter,' the statement said.'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.
Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal spoke from their home in Troy, Montana on Friday after they revealed that their daughter, Spokane's NAACP Chapter President, has been misleading people about her ethnicity for years.
Dolezal, who has been a civil rights activist across Idaho and Washington and works part-time as an Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University, is now facing a city ethics probe for falsely claiming on an application that she was black.
Instead, they say she has cut them out because she fears they will blow her cover.'Rachel has chosen to distance herself from the family and be hostile towards us,' her mother said.
'She doesn't want us to be where she is, she doesn't want to be seen with us because it ruins her image.'They always surrounded themselves with friends of different ethnicities, they said, and when she graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, she applied to Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D. Although she did not claim to be African American in her application, the family believes the school thought Dolezal was black, because she was coming from Jackson and her artwork used African imagery.
But they have also not spoken to their daughter in years, they said.
She has claimed in interviews that they were violent towards her, which they have denied.