Head of Spokane NAACP Quits Amid Furor over Racial Identity

Head of Spokane NAACP Quits Amid Furor over Racial Identity

FILE- In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home. Dolezal is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black, Friday, June 12, 2015. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT
FILE- In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home. Dolezal is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black, Friday, June 12, 2015. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

 

 

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington, chapter has resigned as furor mounted over her racial identity, after her parents said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years even though she is actually white. The announcement that Rachel Dolezal was stepping down was posted Monday on the civil rights group’s Facebook page. Dolezal has been a longtime figure in Spokane’s human-rights community and teaches African studies to college students. The city of Spokane is investigating whether she lied about her ethnicity when she applied to be on the police board. Her mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, said the family’s ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, with a trace of Native American heritage.

 

Dear Executive Committee and NAACP Members, It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here…

Posted by Spokane NAACP on Monday, June 15, 2015

 

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