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SPOKANE, Wash. (CBS Seattle/AP) — The leader of the NAACP in Spokane is stepping down amid controversy after her parents said the 37-year-old activist falsely portrayed herself as black for years.
Rachel Dolezal announced Monday she was resigning after canceling a chapter meeting where she was expected to speak about the furor sparked over her racial identity.
Dolezal’s statement reads, “While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness, we can NOT afford to lose sight of the five Game Changers (Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Health & Healthcare, Education, Economic Sustainability, and Voting Rights & Political Representation) that affect millions, often with a life or death outcome. The movement is larger than a moment in time or a single person’s story, and I hope that everyone offers their robust support of the Journey for Justice campaign that the NAACP launches today!
Rachel Dolezal Resigns As NAACP Leader Amid Racial Identity Controversy
Shortly after the resignation, the Smoking Gun reported that Doleza once sued Howard University for denying her teaching posts, claiming "discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender" and that a decision to remove her artwork from an exhibit was"motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over" her. The complaint was dismissed in 2004.
originally posted by: Libertygal
a reply to: schuyler
The only problem I have with any of this, aside from the mass deception, is the using of race for affirmative action movement which benefited her financially. She received scholarships and funds as a POC, which was undeserving, and IMO, stealing from others. She is not a POC, and that money should be repaid.
In fact, the Smoking Gun reported reported Monday afternoon that Dolezal sued Howard University in 2002 for discriminating against her for being white.