Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter has resigned since her parents outed her as white after she has been claiming that she is a mixed-race black woman for much of the past decade.
Even though the NAACP had come to Dolezal’s defense, saying that “racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership,” Dolezal wrote a lengthy resignation post on Facebook Monday morning.
“I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions — absent the full story.” she wrote.
Dolezal added that she was hopeful that she had positioned the Spokane chapter well to transition ahead, saying that she had helped secure the group a downtown office and improved the organization’s financial standing.
“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.”
Throughout the post, she offered no apology for lying about her race.
In a Tuesday interview on “Today” with co-host Matt Lauer, she told him that her ”self-identification with the black experience” began at the age of 5.
“I identify as black,” Dolezal responded after Lauer asked if she is an African-American woman.
As for her complexion and questions as to whether she has intentionally made her skin appear darker, Dolezal responded, “I certainly don’t stay out of the sun and I also don’t — as some of the critics have said — put on black face as a performance,” she said. “This is on a very real connected level.”
Despite all of the controversy, Dolezal said that she would make the same choices again if given the chance.
Almost as soon as the Dolezal story broke, the hashtag #transracial erupted on Twitter.
Less than an hour after their daughter resigned, Dolezal’s parents weighed in on whether they believe “transracial” is a real thing, when MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts asked the mother Ruthanne Dolezal.
“I don’t see any honest way that a person can describe themselves as transracial because your ethnicity comes from your genetic code and what’s handed down to you by your parents, your real biological parents,” she replied. “And I think the healthy path to take on this kind of discussion is to find a way to embrace and celebrate who you are — or who you really are.”