Rachel Dolezal, head of Spokane NAACP, quits amid furor over racial identity

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SPOKANE, Wash. — 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 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.

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3 comments

  • acajudi

    Rent the movi, “Imitation of Life” and see people have been passing for white, since day 1, and some people turned them in to employers etc. many pass for Native American, Hispanic etc. I hope continues to free herself from the white body she was trapped in, like trannies free themselves. Her family was very out of order on both sides.

  • John

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with a white leader in the NAACP, but she should not have misrepresented herself. Overall, I think this is just taking away from the mission of the NAACP and we should move on.