Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as Spokane NAACP Leader Amid Race Uproar


The leader of the NAACP in Spokane is stepping down from her post today, Monday, June 15, 2015. This decision stemmed days after her parents’ claims that she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years.

These claims later generated calls for her resignation and a nationwide dialogue about racial identity.

Dolezal said this in a statement on the chapter’s Facebook page Monday:

“It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley.”

She also added the following without addressing questions about her own race, instead, she restated her commitment to the NAACP’s cause.

“Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It’s about justice,” she said. “This is not me quitting; this is a continuum.”

Dolezal had earlier canceled a chapter meeting on Monday, where she was expected to speak about the uproar regarding her racial identity.

However, some members had planned a demonstration Monday night calling for Dolezal to step down.

After a short six-months position as the chapter’s president, the city of Spokane is investigating the allegations surrounding Dolezal’s racial identity.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, the police said that they were suspending investigations into racial-harassment complaints filed by Dolezal, including one from earlier this year in which she said she received hate mail at her office.

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