Rachel Dolezal has become an internet sensation in the last week, after her estranged parents outed her as 100% Caucasian – despite her claims to be half black over the course of the last decade.
Rachel’s lies included passing off her adopted black brothers as her sons, and an older black man she’d met years back as her father – and she was supposed to address it all today at the Spokane chapter NAACP meeting, where she held a role as President since last year, and had been credited to lifting their finances, visibility and membership according to The New York Times. That has changed today, however.
After the meeting was postponed, she has resigned all together. “It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation,” she began in a Facebook post. She continued:
“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.”
Read the full post here. Are you surprised? Did you see this coming? Are you happy? Are you mad? Let us know your thoughts!