Rachel Dolezal Resigns as Spokane NAACP President

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Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane, Washington’s NAACP chapter, resigned on Monday.

“In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP,” Dolezal wrote in a Facebook post. “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’s decision comes just days after her biological parents came forward and accused her of lying for years about being African American.

“I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions—absent the full story,” she wrote in her official letter of resignation. “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.”

Dolezal is also chair of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, and Spokane officials are currently investigating whether she lied about her race in order to secure that appointment.

To read her resignation notice in its entirety, jump here.

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