As Spokane City Officials Claim Rachel Dolezal Abused Powers on Ombudsman Commission, Inlander Paints a Fuller Picture 

Plumbing the reactions to Rachel Dolezal's identity scandal in the community that knows her best

Rachel Dolezal recently resigned as president of the Spokane, Wash. chapter of the NAACP and faces pressure to step down from the local police ombudsman commission.
  • Rachel Dolezal recently resigned as president of the Spokane, Wash. chapter of the NAACP and faces pressure to step down from the local police ombudsman commission.

As the scandal surrounding former Spokane, Wash., NAACP President Rachel Dolezal continues with a report finding that she and others abused their powers on the local police ombudsman commission, one of her growing list of past employers has stepped forward to paint a more complete picture of the embattled civil rights advocate—a 37-year-old white woman who for a decade presented herself as black.

The Pacific Northwest Inlander, for which Dolezal until Monday wrote a monthly opinion column, this morning published an in-depth review of the controversy and analyzed local reactions ranging from members of the media to the community that she worked to serve.

Away from the glare of the cameras and churn of social media, Inlander staff writer Daniel Walters finds a complex mix of emotions, from guilt and anger to betrayal and vindication.

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