Breaking: Rachel Dolezal Steps Down As NAACP President
The leader of the NAACP in Spokane has resigned from her position after facing calls to step aside after her parents said the 37-year-old activist falsely portrayed herself as Black for years.
Rachel Dolezal canceled Monday’s chapter meeting where she was expected to speak about the uproar sparked over her racial identity “due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders,” AP reports.
Some members of the chapter had a demonstration planned for Monday evening to call for Dolezal to step down, but it appears the decision was made much earlier than expected.
Kitara Johnson, a member of the chapter who organized a petition calling for Dolezal to take a leave of absence, told the AP that Dolezal’s deception had very little to do with race.
“It’s not about race, it’s about integrity,” she said. “If you’re a leader, you have to have integrity. She clearly lacks integrity. The other piece is credibility.”
Dolezal was elected president of the local NAACP chapter about six months ago.
The NAACP issued a statement Friday supporting Dolezal. Dolezal’s mother Ruthanne said the family’s ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, with traces of Native American Heritage.
She produced a copy of her daughter’s birth certificate listing herself and Lawrence Dolezal as Rachel’s parents.
The city of Spokane is investigating whether Dolezal lied about her ethnicity when she applied for a spot on the police board. On Friday, officials suspended investigations into racial-harassment complaints filed by Dolezal, including one from this year which she said she received hate mail at her office.
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