Rachel Dolezal, the president of the NAACP Spokane chapter who became the center of controversy after claiming to be black has resigned from her position.
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.
You can read the rest of her post at the Spokane NAACP Facebook page.
Earlier today it was announced that Sista Rachel was no longer an instructor at Eastern Washington University. According to the New York Times:
Ms. Dolezal, 37, has been an instructor in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University, where she is hired on a quarter-by-quarter basis. On Monday, a university spokesman, Brian Meany, said that her position had ended with the end of the spring quarter on Friday and that “she is no longer employed by the university.”
And that’s not all that happened today. It was also announced that in 2002 Ms. Dolezal had sued Howard University for racial, gender and pregnancy discrimination. She received a master of fine arts degree from Howard University.
According to a Court of Appeals opinion, Dolezal’s lawsuit “claimed discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender.” She alleged that Smith and other school officials improperly blocked her appointment to a teaching assistant post, rejected her application for a post-graduate instructorship, and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student.
The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was “motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over” her.
As detailed in the court opinion, Dolezal’s lawsuit contended that Howard was “permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult.”
Judge Zoe Bush dismissed Dolezal’s complaint in February 2004, 18 months after the lawsuit was filed and Dolezal was deposed on several occasions. Bush found no evidence that Dolezal was discriminated on the basis of race or other factors. The D.C. Court of Appeals subsequently affirmed Bush’s decision.
You can read it all here at the Smoking Gun.
It sure hasn’t been a good day for Ms. Dolezal. But I’m sure she will recover from this mess. I wouldn’t be surprised if book deals and a Lifetime movie are in her future. Tomorrow (Tuesday June 16, 2015) she’s suppose to appear on NBC’s Today show.
JUNE 15, 2015 — Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader accused of misrepresenting her race, will break her silence in exclusive interviews with NBC News and MSNBC on Tuesday. Dolezal resigned from her position as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter on Monday amid the controversy.
Following a live, in-studio interview with Matt Lauer on “TODAY,” Dolezal will sit down for separate interviews with Savannah Guthrie for “NBC Nightly News,” Melissa Harris-Perry for MSNBC, and NBCBLK, NBCNews.com’s African-American vertical.