Civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal resigns after race controversy
June 16, New York: US civil rights activist campaigning for the rights of African Americans Rachel Dolezal has announced her resignation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), saying the controversy over her race had eclipsed key social and political issues.
Dolezal, who served as president of the Spokane chapter of the NSSCP, said that the controversy over her race had shifted dialogue away from key social and political issues.
“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,” Dolezal wrote in a letter posted to the group’s Facebook page.
“Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights.”
Dolezal came under intense scrutiny last week after a couple identifying themselves as her parents told the media their family was of European and Native American descent. They said their daughter had severed contact with them and had been masquerading as an African American woman for years.
The embattled 37-year-old built a career as an activist in the black community of Spokane in Washington state, where she served as president of the local chapter of the NAACP. She also holds a post in Spokane’s city government as a mediator for the police force. The city has since launched an investigation into the veracity of her application, in which she identified herself as white, African-American and Native American.
The Oslo Times and Agencies