Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as Head of Spokane NAACP

By Melanie Arter | June 15, 2015 | 2:42pm EDT
Rachel Dolezal, former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Rachel Dolezal, the woman who sparked outrage for pretending to be black, resigned from her post as president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP on Monday by posting a letter on the group’s Facebook page.

“Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It's about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum,” she said.

Dolezal was supposed to address the media on Monday regarding her parents’ claim that she was actually white and had been pretending to be black for years, but that didn’t happen.

“As you probably know by now, there are questions and assumptions swirling in national and global news about my family, my race, my credibility, and the NAACP,” she wrote in an email, obtained by NBC affiliate KHQ. “There are many layers to this situation,” she wrote.



Instead of addressing the media, Dolezal addressed the NAACP executive committee and members in a Facebook post on the Spokane chapter’s page, saying, “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,” she wrote. “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.”

“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,” Dolezal added.

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