The Internet is buzzing with questions about 37-year-old Rachel Dolezal, the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. In a recent interview, her parents told several news outlets they're both of "Caucasian and European descent" and that she's been pretending to be black for almost a decade.
The controversy further erupted after Dolezal told a local reporter she didn't "understand the question" when he asked if she was truly black. In the wake of the conversation both on and offline, the NAACP has released a statement:
According to the statement, "The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record." However, there are still questions as to whether the hate crimes she's reported were fabricated. KXLY reports that "Dolezal says she's been the victim of eight documented hate crimes in Idaho; a public records request filed by KXLY yielded just three reports."
The City of Spokane also announced that it's investigating whether or not Dolezal "violated the city's code of ethics in her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission," since she identified as African-American on her application.
MTV News will continue to update this story as more details unfold.