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Former Spokane NAACP President on Rachel Dolezal: 'She had a lot of passion for human rights and that's what mattered'

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KHQ sat down with a NAACP past president Friday morning to discuss the Rachel Dolezal case. James Wilburn, Jr. was president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP for two years. His KHQ sat down with a NAACP past president Friday morning to discuss the Rachel Dolezal case. James Wilburn, Jr. was president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP for two years. His
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KHQ sat down with a former Spokane NAACP President Friday morning to discuss the Rachel Dolezal case.

James Wilburn, Jr. was president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP for two years. His tenure ended in January, 2015, which is when Rachel Dolezal took over as president.

We asked if Wilburn thought if Rachel was black or white when he first met her. He said he didn't care. He told us, "White, black, it didn't matter. She had a lot of passion for human rights and that's what mattered." Wilburn said if Dolezal is white, she wouldn't be the first white president of the NAACP in Spokane. He said the president from 2011-2013 was white as well, a woman from Europe.

Wilburn said he wouldn't comment on whether Dolezal should remain president of the NAACP. He said his concern was the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. He quoted an African Proverb and said, "When elephants fight, the grass gets killed. This whole media frenzy is like those elephants and our little chapter is like the grass. The NAACP here is very important to this community and I don't want any harm to come to the organization."

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