Rachel Dolezal, leader of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter, made headlines on every media outlet last week after her parents outed her as white, though she had claimed to be black for almost 37 years.
Dolezal’s lie stirred up a nationwide controversy. Some people were upset that a white person whose never truly felt the struggles of being black had been the representative of the NAACP. On the other hand, some were upset at all the hate toward Dolezal. They noted the double standard that many times we see black celebrities trying to appear “white” by using skin lightening cream and bleaching their hair, so much so, that nobody seems to even notice anymore.
The Spokane, Washington chapter was scheduled to have a meeting this morning, June 15, where Dolezal would address accusations that she lied about her race. However, the chapter felt the need to continue privately speaking to regional and national NAACP leaders prior to addressing the public.
Lawrence Burnley, head of the chapter’s executive committee, was upset that the meeting had been rescheduled.
“I don’t see any language in the by-laws that empowers you, or any one member, to arbitrarily cancel/postpone tomorrow’s meeting,” he said in a letter to Doleza.
Dolezal’s race seems to be an issue to everyone but the president of the Spokane NAACP chapter, Gerald Hankerson. He stated that the positive changes, commitment, and efforts Dolezal has done for the NAACP are more important than what race she is.
“We represent all civil rights issues, regardless of a person’s ethnicity. And the quality of the work that she has done to elevate the issues of civil rights in that region is what we applaud,” Hankerson said.
For those that are still upset about her lies, a peaceful protest against Dolezal will be held tonight outside the Spokane NAACP office.