Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal has postponed a meeting where she would have addressed widespread claims running forth in the last couple of days that she might have lied about her ethnicity in official papers. The announcement was made on the chapter’s official Facebook page on Sunday evening, with the meeting being postponed indefinitely.
“Due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders, tomorrow’s meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later day,” Dolezal wrote on the chapter’s Facebook page. “We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.”
There was no other reason given for the postponment, and Ms. Dolezal has not commented to any major media outlet about the whole ordeal. The meeting should was scheduled to be held on Monday. Spokane NAACP’s executive chairman apparently lashed out at Dolezal, claiming that she had no authority whatsoever to postpone the meeting.
Dolezal has come onto scrutiny recently after her natural parents have claimed to multiple national media outlets last week that she lied about her ethnicity in official documents, claiming herself as African-American even though she was Caucasian. After that, reports surfaced about a Spokane NAACP event where she posed near an old African-American individual which was presented as her father, when in fact it wasn’t the case.
Other documents surfaced dating back to 2010 provided evidence of a legal battle between Rachel Dolezal and her parents over the guardianship of her then minor brother, an African-American who was adopted by the Dolezals. According to court papers, the Dolezals would have physically abused the two, giving Rachel’s brother reason enough to seek emancipation from them and ask to live with her. The court case was dropped, but the dispute was solved in a later settlement in which Rachel Dolezal was awarded guardianship of her brother with consent from the two parents.
A support statement offered by the national NAACP leadership seems to suggest that Dolezal is yet again in a legal dispute with her parents, of which the NAACP said it respects her privacy with regards to it. The dispute was not confirmed nor denied by her parents, who also chose not to comment on it. No information regarding it’s nature or status has surfaced since, and Dolezal has remained quiet towards the media throughout the weekend, with the announcement of postponing the meeting being her only official statement since the beginning of the controversy.
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