Rachel Dolezal’s Parents to CNN: We ‘Don’t Understand’ Why She’s Pretending to Be Black

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Following revelations that Spokane, Washington NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal had misrepresented her race, her parents spoke out on CNN’s At This Hour Friday morning, telling host Kate Bolduan that they have no idea why their daughter apparently pretended to be African-American.

“She has not explained to us why she is doing what she is doing and being dishonest and deceptive with her identity,” Ruthanne Dolezal said of Rachel.

Larry Dolezal said that he wanted to confirm that he and his wife are her birth parents, adding, “We do not understand why she feels it’s necessary to misrepresent her ethnicity.”

The mother said the process started “gradually” beginning around 2007, but they only found out about through newspaper articles. “She has never claimed to be biracial or African-American in our presence,” she added.

During an on-air interview with KXLY4’s Jeff Humphrey this week, Rachel Dolezal walked off the set when the reporter brought up the question of her ethnicity and parents.

So far, the NAACP has defended Dolezal, saying in a statement, “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.”

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