The parents of a civil rights activist in America says she’s been “pretending to be black” for years.

Rachel Dolezal works for an organisation called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Spokane, around 280 miles away from Seattle in the north-west corner of the US.

According to the Spokesman-Review newspaper, Dolezal said she was a mix of white, black and American Indian on her application to serve on the city’s citizen police ombudsman commission in January.

That application is now being investigated.

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