'Black' NAACP leader outed as white woman

The leader of the Spokane NAACP falsely portrays herself as black, according to her family. A recent investigation into racially charged threats made toward the president have raised more questions about who made the threats.

SPOKANE, WA (KREM) -- A recent investigation into racially charged threats made toward the president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane have raised questions beyond who made the threats.

On Thursday, Rachel Dolezal's parents claimed she had been deceiving people.

Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal said Thursday that they want people to know the truth including that their daughter is Caucasian. The Dolezals sat down with 11Alive's Spokane sister station, KREM 2 News and said their daughter is specifically German and Czech.

Rachel Dolezal was born in Troy, Montana. Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal said their daughter has always identified with the African American culture and had black siblings who were adopted. They said she went to school in Mississippi and was part of a primarily African American community.

WATCH | NAACP leader outed as white woman refutes claim

The Dolezals said Rachel married and later divorced a black man. They said after the divorce in 2004 Rachel began identifying differently. She started claiming to be partially African American and the daughter of bi-racial parents. They said they have noticed her change in physical appearance but do not know how she did so.

"Rachel has wanted to be somebody she's not. She's chosen not to just be herself but to represent herself as an African American woman or a biracial person. And that's simply not true," said Ruthanne Dolezal.

The Dolezals said they do not have a problem with Rachel advocating for a civil rights group for African Americans, rather that she is being deceptive about it.

Rachel's parents said she distanced herself from them and has not talked to them recently.

The same day her parents were interviewed, Rachel Dolezal told KREM 2 News that she does not speak to her parents because of an on-going legal issue.

"There is a lawsuit that's been going on for almost a year, once I supported my sister and allegations against her older brother," said Rachel.

Rachel said she does not consider her biological parents her real parents. She said she is still focused on the threats she received in the mail.

A police report filed in March questions how hate mail ended up in the PO Box for the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. On Wednesday, the Spokane Police Department released an eleven page report into their findings thus far.

In March, Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal claimed she found an envelope with pictures of lynchings and references to local cases concerning race.

The envelope containing the letter was found in the NAACP mailbox at the Rosewood Post Office along North Monroe.

However, investigators later noticed important marks missing from the package.

It was delivered to a post office box. But it did not have a date stamp or barcode according to an on-going police report by SPD.

Postal officials told SPD officers that a letter or package would never be put in a mail box purposefully without those things even if it was hand delivered to the post office. Postal workers said it is possible that the letter could have gotten stuck to another letter and thus missed the scanner and postal marking. But they said the chances of this happening were extremely low.

Staff said the only other way for a unprocessed letter to land in a PO Box would be if it were placed there by someone with a key or a USPS employee was involved.

Security cameras at the Rosewood Post Office were not working at the time the letter was received according to the police report. But police said they have ruled out postal employees as suspects.

WATCH: A look at what was inside the envelope

Rachel Dolezal said she does not believe anyone within the NAACP could be responsible.

Forensic specialists processed the mail in question. They found numerous smudges according to the police report, and one partial print. Dolezal admitted to opening the letter. As of March 4, forensic specialists had planned to pull Dolezal's print and compare it to the partial.

Police are still processing the envelope as well as its contents for any clues to help identify who sent it. At the time she reported the letter, Dolezal told officers that most of these types of incidents were caused by people affiliated with right wing groups in our area.

Representatives from the NAACP said that all mail sent to their PO Box has been automatically forwarded to their new location since it opened in January. But, Dolezal reported receiving the letter at the PO Box in February.

WATCH: See the second letter sent to the NAACP

In May, Dolezal claimed she had received another racially charged letter.

She said the latest one looked like it is from the same person. Dolezal said she wrapped the letter in a grocery bag to avoid getting fingerprints on it so it can be given to detectives. It also made reference to the first letter and was signed 'War Pig' according to Dolezal. She told officers that she had heard the term "War Pig." she believed that they are a hate group which associated with meth dealers and they are violent according to police records.

The second letter was sent to NAACP's Downtown Spokane.

When the original letter was sent in March, it was the ninth hate crime in less than a decade for Rachel Dolezal.

Dolezal told officers she believed the threats were directed at her and her sons. She admitted to filing numerous police reports as a victim of these crimes.

KREM 2 News has covered Dolezal previously for work in human rights and when she had received opposition in North Idaho and Spokane. She said she has been the victim of burglary, death threats and in two cases, nooses left on her property.

2010:

Rachel Dolezal resigned from her position as the Director of Human Rights Education Institute in Kootenai County in July 2010.

She claimed she had been the target of discrimination. Dolezal told KREM 2 News that was why she had decided to leave.

Dolezal took the position in 2008.

Within her time at the Human Rights Education Institute, police investigated hate crimes targeting Dolezal twice. Nobody was ever found or arrested.

In June of 2010, she claimed a noose was found at her North Idaho home.

"A lot goes through my head in terms of being a mother and community member, just assessing and reassessing what kind of stand I'm taking and why, and reevaluating what that means in terms of counting the cost, " Dolezal said in an interview at the time with KREM 2 News.

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department was investigating the incident.

2009:

"It is disappointing more than surprising to see again that human beings are capable of the worse and not the best," Dolezal said on September 23. Dolezal claimed a noose was also found at her home in September 2009. She lived in Spokane at the time, so officers with the Spokane Police Department investigated the claim.

The week prior, Dolezal reported that someone had burglarized her home.

2009: Swastika put on door of CD'A Human Rights building

In April of 2009, a group of neo-nazis came to the Human Rights Education Institute where she worked.

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