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NAACP Issues A Statement On Rachel Dolezal — And It Might Not Be What You Expect!

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Rachel Dolezal, former president of the Spokane Branch of the NAACP, is under extreme scrutiny right now.

In case you haven't heard, a reporter seems to have uncovered that despite her claims to the contrary, Rachel is NOT an African American woman!

And her parents confirmed it!

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While a municipal investigation is underway to uncover whether Rachel's falsification on official forms requires legal consequences, the NAACP has its own response.

In an official statement, they totally defend Dolezal, saying:

"For 106 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds. NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. 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. In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational, and economic justice for all people, and we encourage Americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization."

Hmm, they may be standing behind her, but they definitely weren't denying that she lied.

And while being of a different race may not disqualify you from holding office in the NAACP, we're guessing purposely misrepresenting yourself does.

The final part of the organization's statement seemed to imply that the response to the accusations against Rachel has been way overboard:

"Hate language sent through mail and social media along with credible threats continue to be a serious issue for our units in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. We take all threats seriously and encourage the FBI and the Department of Justice to fully investigate each occurrence."

Ick.

Whether or not you are offended by a woman lying about her race, whether you think it's despicable and awful, there's no call for sending threats of violence, whether serious or not.

[Image via AP Images.]

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