Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as NAACP President

'This is not about me. It's about justice,' she writes in Facebook post
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2015 11:24 AM CDT
In this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, center, smiles.   (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)
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(Newser) – This morning it seemed up in the air whether there'd be an NAACP meeting today to address the Rachel Dolezal controversy. Now, however, it appears that the NAACP part of the story is over, as Dolezal is apparently stepping down from her post as president of the Spokane chapter, per a Facebook post that went up right before noon EDT. "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," she writes.

She notes the issues that merit attention more than "my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity," including "police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement, health inequities, and a lack of pro-justice political representation." She then goes on to say: "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." (Dolezal's parents, meanwhile, say they didn't plan to out her.)

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