Rachel Dolezal has resigned as Spokane NAACP president

Dolezal had represented herself as African-American for years, parents say she's white

FILE- In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home. Dolezal is facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black, Friday, June 12, 2015. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

(WWLP) – The woman currently at the center of an ongoing debate over race and identity is leaving her job as the leader of a local NAACP chapter in Washington State. Rachel Dolezal announced her resignation as president of the Spokane chapter of the civil rights organization shortly before noontime Monday.

Dolezal had represented herself as an African-American woman for years, until last week, when her parents “outed” her as white; releasing high school pictures of their daughter with a very different appearance. The situation has led to intense debate on social media and on television talk shows about whether Dolezal’s actions amounted to “cultural theft,” or whether her race is even relevant to her work.

Dolezal had not spoken publicly about the situation, but was expected to do so during a meeting scheduled for Monday. The meeting, however, was postponed, and Dolezal announced her resignation in a posting on the Spokane NAACP Facebook page.


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