Spokane NAACP Leader Steps Down Amid Allegations of Faking Racial Identity
The chapter president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced her resignation Monday following a firestorm around her reportedly falsified racial identity.
"It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation," Rachel Dolezal wrote on the chapter's Facebook page. "Many issues face us now that drive at the theme of urgency. Police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement, health inequities, and a lack of pro-justice political representation are among the concerns at the forefront of the current administration of the Spokane NAACP. And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity."
Dolezal went on to say that "it is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP" that she steps down.
Dolezal's parents last week told news outlets that their daughter, who is white, had been identifying as black for years. The city of Spokane is investigating whether she lied about her race when applying to be on the city's police board.
Read Dolezal's full Facebook post here.