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Amid controversy, Rachel Dolezal resigns as president of the Spokane NAACP

By WITW Staff on June 15, 2015

Rachel Dolezal, a Washington woman who is accused of being white, but posing as a black woman for several years announced on Monday that she would resign as the president of the Spokane NAACP chapter. Dolezal, 37, who also teaches African studies at Eastern Washington University, sparked outrage last week after her estranged parents gave a local television interview in which they revealed Dolezal is Caucasian. Dolezal announced her decision to “step aside” in a statement on the Spokane NAACP Facebook page, and it reads, in part: “I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions — absent the full story. I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion.” Dolezal’s Monday meeting with other members of the Spokane NAACP chapter was postponed. She said she was passing the baton to the chapter’s vice president, Naima Quarles-Burnley. Dolezal has not made a public statement addressing her ethnicity.

Read the full statement on Facebook