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Rachel Dolezal Resigns from NAACP Amid Controversy

Rachel Dolezal Resigns from NAACP Amid Controversy

Rachel Dolezal has resigned from the Spokane chapter of the NAACP following the controversy surrounding the color of her skin.

“It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the N.A.A.C.P. that I step aside from the presidency and pass the baton to my vice president, Naima Quarles-Burnley,” she said in a Facebook post.

Rachel was the subject of national scrutiny over the past week after her parents revealed that she was lying about her race.

Click inside to read Rachel Dolezal’s full letter of resignation…

Dear Executive Committee and NAACP Members,

It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation. 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.

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. Additionally, I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm.

While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness, we can NOT afford to lose sight of the five Game Changers (Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Health & Healthcare, Education, Economic Sustainability, and Voting Rights & Political Representation) that affect millions, often with a life or death outcome. The movement is larger than a moment in time or a single person’s story, and I hope that everyone offers their robust support of the Journey for Justice campaign that the NAACP launches today!

I am delighted that so many organizations and individuals have supported and collaborated with the Spokane NAACP under my leadership to grow this branch into one of the healthiest in the nation in 5 short months. In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP.

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. It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.

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. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum. It’s about moving the cause of human rights and the Black Liberation Movement along the continuum from Resistance to Chattel Slavery to Abolition to Defiance of Jim Crow to the building of Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement to the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment.

With much love and a commitment to always fight for what is right and good in this world,

Rachel Dolezal

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  • Dory Phore

    She should’ve stayed at the job. She was doing great work.

  • Pedro Martinez

    White people founded the NAACP in the first place. A white woman would get a job leading La Raza quicker than a black Hispanic woman would any day.

  • Martha Bartha

    She’s Trans Racial. Like Caitlyn is Trans Jenner. A Nigger Wannabe.

  • ApMillz-CT

    Great job?? Lmaoooo! What has she done?? Link and Receipts please!!! How many laws did she help pass in black face?? How many black men and women did she help through college?? What has she done? What has she done?? You people are sheep!!!! Rachel is a FRAUD! She needs to have a seat! Preferably on a therapist chair!

  • emmafabulous

    She needs to get lots of help. she an idiot.

  • CLX

    To me, she has lots of the signs of a narcissist and I do wonder if she’s delusional as well. I hope she gets some mental health attention (not because she identifies as black, but because she doesn’t seem to be able to separate the truth from fiction or take any responsibility for her manipulations and lies).

  • Lisa

    No, she knew exactly what she was doing. She’s not mentally ill, she’s just a complete idiot without any sense of right and wrong. You’re disrespecting people who actually are mentally ill by claiming that this woman is ill, too.

  • shoes4life

    She should have been fired for lying about who she was on a job application. She misrepresented herself to an employer and took the opportunity away from other worthy candidates.

  • millerz

    The actual founders of the NAACP were white socialists. No I don’t condone her lying about her race and fooling people but I feel like she could have done great work for the NAACP as a white woman. But her saying she’s always identified as being a black woman, to me is no different than Bruce thinking he’s Caitlyn. I support Bruce & Caitlyn, but I think there shouldn’t be a double standard for what you feel or associate yourself as if its how you choose to live. BUT I do not think misleading people and lying to people is okay!

  • Dory Phore

    Man, you sound bitter.

  • ApMillz-CT

    LOL.. Bitter?? Rachel just wants the “beauty” of black NOT the burden..

  • Dory Phore

    You’d think, if Rachel wanted a burden-free existence, she’d want to live her life as a white woman. Wouldn’t that have been easier for her–less burden?

  • ApMillz-CT

    Rachel is a FRAUD!!!!! You can’t just braid your hair and paint your skin orange and say, “Hey I’m Black” LOL! She is a Liar and has a SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS! She needs to have several seats! Preferably on a therapist chair.

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