As a controversy swirls around Rachel Dolezal, a civil rights activist in Washington state, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released a statement on her disputed racial identity.
“One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership,” the national group said in a statement.
Dolezal is president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Wash., branch. But this week, after she said she received hate mail, local news reports questioned whether she had claimed to be black and misrepresented her background. Her parents told The Post that Dolezal is their daughter and described themselves as Caucasian.
The NAACP said its conference overseeing Washington state “stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.”
The group did not state whether Dolezal would remain in her post as president of the Spokane branch. It said Friday that Dolezal “is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter.”
In addition, the organization said that hate mail and hateful threats on social media remain a serious issue in the Pacific Northwest and across the country, adding that it takes all threats seriously.