Washington State NAACP Chapter Leader Investigated Over Racial Identity

A prominent leader of the African-American community in Spokane, Washington, is under investigation for identifying herself as black on a city job application, although her white biological parents disagree. Rachel Dolezal, 37, serves as chair of Spokane's independent police ombudsman commission, and identified herself as white, African-American and Native American when applying for the job. Dolezal is also president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. The city probe was opened after local media questioned Dolezal's racial identity. The questions came after Dolezal filed police complaints of racial discrimination, most recently that she received hate mail.