NAACP Board: Dolezal Can't Just Postpone Meeting

She doesn't have authority—and group still has other work to do, members say
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2015 6:03 AM CDT
NAACP Board: Dolezal Can't Just Cancel Meeting
In this July 24, 2009, file photo, Rachel Dolezal stands in front of a mural she painted in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.   (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

A post yesterday on the Spokane NAACP's Facebook page indicated that the meeting between beleaguered president Rachel Dolezal and NAACP board members had been postponed. But some of those members are now saying Dolezal doesn't have the authority to put off said meeting. The Spokesman-Review reports that in an email sent to Dolezal and other NAACP members, Lawrence Burnley, chair of the group's executive committee, wrote, "I don't see any language in the by-laws that empowers you, or any one member, to arbitrarily cancel/postpone [Monday's] meeting." When the Washington Post reached out to Burnley via email, he replied, "I am not interested in making any other comments regarding this situation at this time. Thank you!"

Another board member, Justin Pimsanguan, had even harsher words, saying in an email the meeting should go on whether or not Dolezal shows up, because the NAACP still has other work, per KXLY. "Although many members including myself are anxiously waiting for an explanation and apology from President Dolezol [sic] … our meeting time should be for the chapter to discuss relevant issues pertaining to the advancement of colored people, and not be completely consumed by the strange information surfacing about our current president," he writes. He also mentions Dolezal should "address the chapter, the community and the nation on her own time," laments how "the nation is laughing at us," and calls attention to a petition calling for Dolezal to take a leave of absence. Meanwhile, comedian Dave Chappelle tells the Post he won't joke about Dolezal right now because "a lot of comedians" will be doing it, and he thinks "her rebuttal will be illuminating." (More Rachel Dolezal stories.)

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