Rachel Dolezal steps down as President of Spokane NAACP - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Rachel Dolezal steps down as President of Spokane NAACP

Posted: Updated:
Rachel Dolezal stepped down Monday morning as the President of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP Rachel Dolezal stepped down Monday morning as the President of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP
SPOKANE, Wash. - In a Facebook post made Monday morning on the Spokane NAACP's page, Rachel Dolezal announced she is stepping down as President of the Spokane chapter. 

The letter posted reads in its entirety: 

Dear Executive Committee and NAACP Members,

It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation. Many issues face us now that drive at the theme of urgency. Police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement, health inequities, and a lack of pro-justice political representation are among the concerns at the forefront of the current administration of the Spokane NAACP. And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.

I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions - absent the full story. I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion. Additionally, I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm.

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!

I am delighted that so 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. In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP.

It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley. It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.

Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It's about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum. It's about moving the cause of human rights and the Black Liberation Movement along the continuum from Resistance to Chattel Slavery to Abolition to Defiance of Jim Crow to the building of Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement to the ?#?BlackLivesMatter? movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment.

With much love and a commitment to always fight for what is right and good in this world,

Rachel Dolezal


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • CdA parents concerned over Zipfizz sale; school district responds

    CdA parents concerned over Zipfizz sale; school district responds

    Monday, October 22 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-10-23 02:46:38 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Ashley Bales says her daughter came home from school one day and told her about classmates at Woodland Middle School selling something she was concerned with, Zipfizz. "With my daughter having a preexisting health conditions it got me concerned for other kids in the same position to be being sold that without their parents having knowledge of it," Bales said.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Ashley Bales says her daughter came home from school one day and told her about classmates at Woodland Middle School selling something she was concerned with, Zipfizz. "With my daughter having a preexisting health conditions it got me concerned for other kids in the same position to be being sold that without their parents having knowledge of it," Bales said.

    >>
  • Suspect from fatal hit-and-run crash in Liberty Lake arrested

    Suspect from fatal hit-and-run crash in Liberty Lake arrested

    Monday, October 22 2018 10:05 PM EDT2018-10-23 02:05:30 GMT

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - A suspect from a fatal hit-and-run crash in Liberty Lake last Thursday has been arrested. After the suspect vehicle was towed to the Liberty Lake Police Department, a search warrant was executed with the assistance of Washington State Patrol. Based on evidence collected, police developed probable cause to arrest 21-year-old Pavel Kanyushkin.

    >>

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - A suspect from a fatal hit-and-run crash in Liberty Lake last Thursday has been arrested. After the suspect vehicle was towed to the Liberty Lake Police Department, a search warrant was executed with the assistance of Washington State Patrol. Based on evidence collected, police developed probable cause to arrest 21-year-old Pavel Kanyushkin.

    >>
  • Changes to Washington overtime rules could increase worker eligibility

    Changes to Washington overtime rules could increase worker eligibility

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 1:24 AM EDT2018-10-23 05:24:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Proposed changes to Washington state's overtime rules could make more professional workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay. The Spokesman-Review reports a draft concept by the state Department of Labor and Industries proposes overtime eligibility for workers earning up to $74,800 in 2019. The proposals are linked to a multiplier of the state's minimum wage, which will increase to $12 per hour next year and $13.50 per hour in 2020.   

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Proposed changes to Washington state's overtime rules could make more professional workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay. The Spokesman-Review reports a draft concept by the state Department of Labor and Industries proposes overtime eligibility for workers earning up to $74,800 in 2019. The proposals are linked to a multiplier of the state's minimum wage, which will increase to $12 per hour next year and $13.50 per hour in 2020.   

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Sandra Day O'Connor announces likely Alzheimer's diagnosis

    Sandra Day O'Connor announces likely Alzheimer's diagnosis

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 11:25 AM EDT2018-10-23 15:25:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON - Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, says she has the beginning stages of dementia and "probably Alzheimer's disease." O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that as her condition has progressed she is "no longer able to participate in public life." 

    >>

    WASHINGTON - Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, says she has the beginning stages of dementia and "probably Alzheimer's disease." O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that as her condition has progressed she is "no longer able to participate in public life." 

    >>
  • Pullman woman identified as victim in University of Utah shooting; Suspect is dead

    Pullman woman identified as victim in University of Utah shooting; Suspect is dead

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 10:34 AM EDT2018-10-23 14:34:56 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - KSL in Salt Lake City has identified the victim in Monday's night's shooting on the campus of the University of Utah as Lauren McCluskey from Pullman.  According to KSL, McCluskey was a student-athlete from Pullman and was on the track and field team. She was a senior at the university majoring in Communications.  

    >>

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - KSL in Salt Lake City has identified the victim in Monday's night's shooting on the campus of the University of Utah as Lauren McCluskey from Pullman.  According to KSL, McCluskey was a student-athlete from Pullman and was on the track and field team. She was a senior at the university majoring in Communications.  

    >>
  • Court docs: Man accused of groping woman on flight tells authorities the President 'says it's OK to grab women by their private parts

    Court docs: Man accused of groping woman on flight tells authorities the President 'says it's OK to grab women by their private parts

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 10:34 AM EDT2018-10-23 14:34:23 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A man accused of groping a woman during a flight from Houston to New Mexico over the weekend told officers "the President of the United States says its OK to grab women by their private parts," according to court documents.  49-year-old Bruce Alexander is being accused of touching a woman's breast while he was sitting behind her on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston to New Mexico on Sunday.  

    >>

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A man accused of groping a woman during a flight from Houston to New Mexico over the weekend told officers "the President of the United States says its OK to grab women by their private parts," according to court documents.  49-year-old Bruce Alexander is being accused of touching a woman's breast while he was sitting behind her on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston to New Mexico on Sunday.  

    >>