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NAACP President receives racist package, death threats

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Rachel Dolezal, NAACP of Spokane President Rachel Dolezal, NAACP of Spokane President
SPOKANE, Wash. -

There have been a series of racist acts in the Inland Northwest in the past two weeks, including one that targets the President of the NAACP in Spokane.

Not long after residents of Millwood woke up to find KKK flyers in their driveways Rachel Dolezal received a racist package that included death threats.

The Human Rights Commission says this is the 9th hate crime in less than a decade for Dolezal, whose outspoken work in human rights has received opposition in North Idaho and Spokane.

"This is completely unacceptable." says Blaine Stum, Chair of the Human Rights Commission. "We need to rally together as a community to send a message that we will not tolerate racism or hate of any kind in this community."

The Human Rights Commission is partnering with the NAACP on a campaign for leaders, businesses, community groups and citizens to stand against racism and hatred in the City of Spokane. "I take these threats very seriously and am concerned for my family's safety," says Rachel Dolezal, Spokane's NAACP President. "Beyond our safety though is the threat to justice that racism in any form leverages against the Black community and non-white citizens of the Inland Northwest. The work of securing civil rights and public safety for all is unfinished locally and nationally."

The campaign to stand in solidarity against racism and malicious harassment will be unveiled next week.

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