Rachel Dolezal Just Resigned from the NAACP

Her statement says that "challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness."

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Jun 15 2015, 4:28pm

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Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane civil rights leader under investigation for pretending to be black when she is (allegedly!) not black, has officially resigned from her position as president of her local NAACP chapter. On Monday morning, the Spokane NAACP Facebook page published a detailed and emotional statement signed by Dolezal. In it she refers to the difficulties she's faced recently as an "unexpected firestorm," but writes that "a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP."

On Friday NAACP chapter member Kitara Johnson created a petition on MoveOn.org calling for Dolezal to step down. The petition, called "It's not about race, It's about integrity!" was well on its way to its goal of 750 signatures when Dolezal announced she would be leaving the NAACP. "The questions surrounding her integrity may discredit the work that has been previously done to better the movement of social justice and equality," Johnson wrote.

Dolezal's NAACP statement includes descriptions of her own achievements as a leader. She emphasizes that "many organizations and individuals have supported and collaborated with the Spokane NAACP under my leadership to grow this branch into one of the healthiest in the nation in 5 short months," and claims that "challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness."

Dolezal states that the new NAACP chapter president will be current vice president Naima Quarles-Burnley.

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