In the wake of recent controversy surrounding her racial identity, Rachel Dolezal announced her resignation as the president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The civil rights activist made national news after evidence of her racial identity came to light, revealing that Dolezal was born to white parents despite the fact that she claimed to be of mixed race.
“In the eye of this current storm,” Dolezal said in a statement. “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.”
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According to Dolezal, her leave will be in the best interest of the organization.
After Dolezal's white parents came forward stating that she was Caucasian, photos of Dolezal surfaced showing her transformation as she claimed her new racial identity. Dolezal also reportedly identified as black, Native American and white on government forms.
Her statement did not address these issues.
“While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness,” she wrote, “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.”
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The NAACP released a statement supporting Dolezal, saying, “One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership.”
The NAACP chapter voted Dolezal as the president last year. She reportedly helped boost finances and membership for the chapter during her tenure.