SPOKANE, Wash. – Rachel Dolezal announced Monday morning that she has resigned her position as the Spokane NAACP President.
Her announcement is below:
“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!
Dolezal told KREM 2 News that she does not speak to her parents because of an on-going legal issue. KREM
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,
Spokane NAACP members sign petition against Dolezal
Dolezal and the executive board had previously said they would issue a statement regarding Dolezal being outed as a Caucasian woman by her parents last Thursday and the information that had been made public since that day. She sent an email out to NAACP members on Sunday stating that Monday’s meeting was cancelled. When one member questioned her ability to cancel the meeting, Dolezal cited her ability to cancel meetings as the Spokane NAACP President, and that the meeting was postponed “due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders.”
Since that announcement, Spokane NAACP members started a petition calling for her to step down that had over 500 signatures as of Monday morning.
“This is not about race. This is about integrity,” said Kitara Johnson, a member of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP and organizer of the petition to remove Dolezal.
Dolezal announced her resignation just before 9:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Even after Dolezal announced her resignation, Spokane NAACP members told KREM 2 News they will still show up at the Spokane NAACP headquarters at 6:00 p.m. Monday night. They said they will now be focusing on calling for members to stand in solidarity and begin healing within the organization.
Dolezal’s parents said Thursday that she was born Caucasian, and has been deceiving people into thinking she was African American since 2004.
Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal said Thursday that they want people to know the truth including that their daughter is Caucasian. The Dolezals sat down with KREM 2 News and said their daughter is specifically German and Czech.
Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal said their daughter has always identified with the African American culture and had black siblings who were adopted. They said she went to school in Mississippi and was part of a primarily African American community.
The Dolezals said Rachel married and later divorced a black man. They said after the divorce in 2004 Rachel began identifying differently. She started claiming to be partially African American and the daughter of bi-racial parents. They said they have noticed her change in physical appearance but do not know how she did so.
So her feelings that “Black lives Matter” means they can falsify who they are just because she wants to be part of something? No matter what cost to the cause?
People that do that are thinking of themselves not the cause.