BREAKING: Rachel Dolezal Quits NAACP Post
Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who has been pretending to be black for years, has resigned her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., the New York Times reports.
“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,” Rachel A. Dolezal said in a statement that was posted to the chapter’s Facebook page.
Dolezal was elected president of the chapter last year and was credited with improving the chapter’s membership, visibility and finances.
It is not clear if she will also give up her part-time teaching position in African-American studies at Eastern Washington University, or her membership on the Spokane police ombudsman’s commission.
As AlterNet previously reported, Dolezal has been presenting herself as a black woman for years, despite her biological parents stepping forward to say she is white, and sharing photos of her as a young obviously white girl. She also checked off the box for black in her application to the city for the ombudsman commission, where she was appointed by the mayor of Spokane. Her white parents, who live in Montana and from whom she is estranged, say that she has no black ancestry.